The number of local and accessible sanitary dumping facilities within the Comox Valley has been steadily decreasing over the past few years. While there are several facilities at private campgrounds, there is currently only one public sanitary dump facility (located in the Village of Cumberland), which has many residents concerned about illegal dumping of recreational vehicle sewer waste in the region.
Late in 2020 the Comox Valley Sewage Commission directed CVRD staff to work with municipalities and select a preferred location for a public sanitary dump facility in Comox or Courtenay. Staff were directed to report back with further analysis on a public facility, including costs to build and operate. The CVRD could operate this system on its own or in partnership with another municipality or entity. Staff brought back a progress report to the Sewage Commission on February 22, 2022 indicating that a preferred location has been identified but that some access challenges exist. Read the report here.
Staff will continue to pursue and refine the preferred location by engaging with stakeholders and completing additional preliminary design to address access issues. A further update will be provided to the Sewage Commission once this work is complete, though having a solution in place for summer 2022 does not appear likely.
Looking for a sanitary dumping location near you?
There is a free public facility at Cumberland Village Park located at the bottom of Dunsmuir Ave, next to the BMX park.
A number of facilities exist throughout the region at private campsites and dumping at the majority of these locations is limited to overnight guests only. For a list of these private facilities visit the Sanidumps.com RV dump station directory.
Staff Report - February 2022 Sanitary Dumping Station Update