CVRD Not Proceeding with Proposed Roadside Waste Collection at this Time
Following the results of the recent Unified Alternative Approval Process (AAP), the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Board has decided not to further pursue establishing a rural roadside garbage and recycling collection service at this time.
Through this process, the CVRD sought elector approval to establish a waste collection service for rural residents, split into three service areas. The AAP, which closed July 5, 2021, allowed for residents and homeowners to submit an elector response form in order to voice their opposition.
Approval was not obtained through this process, as more than 10 per cent of the eligible electors submitted opposition forms within all three proposed service areas, with the results ranging between 12 and 16 per cent.
Click here to view these results.
What Happens Now?
Through this democratic process the CVRD has heard clearly from the community that the proposed rural roadside garbage and recycling collection initative does not have widespread community support needed to pursue a collection program at this time. Staff will be bringing back a report to the Electoral Areas Service Committee in the coming months for consideration of next steps.
We want to thank rural residents for taking the time, not only to express their concerns through the AAP process, but throughout our community engagement efforts, either through the ConnectCVRD website, over the phone, through Zoom sessions, in emails and in person. We heard a wide range of perspectives on this topic, and responded to hundreds of questions from engaged citizens, both for and against the proposed service.
What We Heard
In spring 2020, the CVRD sent a mailout to 8,266 impacted residents to inform them about the proposed collection service. About 300 people interacted with the CVRD by joining an online session or through direct calls to emails and staff. In addition, over 1,400 residents visited the online engagement portal with many submitting questions or comments.
There was much debate within the community about this proposal – via social media, letters to the editor and other interactions – in response to the efforts made by the CVRD to inform the public. Following assessment of this reponse, there is not adequate community support to pursue a referendum.
A summary of the contacts received by CVRD staff is below. Note this does not include questions/discussions fielded by front line staff.
To read the full report summarizing the input we received, click the image below.
In the fall of 2020, electoral area residents were asked to complete a survey that would inform staff and elected officials on interest in a new roadside garbage and recycling collection service, and what service level residents were looking for. Of the 3,073 responses to the survey, 74% of respondents were supportive of a program. As a result of this community support, directors asked staff to develop a proposed program which included garbage and recycling collection every two weeks at an estimated cost of $200-$250/year.
Click here for more information about the program that was proposed.