Recycling & Waste Management

Opened in 1978, The Hornby Island Recycling Depot is now celebrating 30 years of recycling. We recycle and reuse more than 70% of our waste stream.

In 2001 the Hornby Island Recycling program was presented with a merit award from the Recycling Council of B.C. “for outstanding commitment to waste reduction in B.C.”. The award, a plaque made of recycled glass, is on display at the depot.

Recycling Committee 2016

  • Jan Kennedy
  • Kathi Sauve
  • Ilze Raudzins
  • Barbara Baird
  • Alsoon Brine

For general committee guidelines see the Terms of Reference.

Track our Solar Panels

See how the solar panel array installed at the depot is performing.

Recycling Brochure, 2016

Up-to-date information about recycling on Hornby Island.

2016 Hornby Island Recycling Depot brochure

Free Store Redesign, 2015

The freestore redesign is complete as of April, 2015. There will be a celebration on Sunday, April 4th Photos by Phil Bailey.

As part of the upgrades to the recycling depot, the Free Store is underwent a redesign starting in 2013. As part of this process, an advisory committee has convened to establish an effective design for submission to the CVRD.

Background Information for Design Group

In preparation for creating a design for the Free Store at the Hornby island Depot site.

For information, please send Jan an email @, or phone at 250-335-2714, to let me know if you will be attending or not.

Our HI Recycling Depot is funded by tax money collected from land owners on Hornby Island, who pay, each year, approximately .027% of the total assessed value of their land toward “HI Garbage”.

The HI Recycling Depot is located on Crown land leased to CVRD, who then contracts with HIRRA for the use of the land and the funding arrangements. The buildings at the Depot are owned and insured by the Comox Valley Regional District.

Decisions regarding the HI Recycling Depot, made by the HI community, through HIRRA, are subject to approval by CVRD. This provides, hopefully, a source of objective feedback on our local opinion.

Maps of our Depot site will be available at our Design Meeting which will show the present buildings and infrastructure and the boundaries of the land available to us.

The HI Recycling Committee has initiated the concept of a Design Group, made up of interested Community Members, Depot Volunteers, Depot Staff, our Depot Manager, a CVRD Representative, a HIRRA Representative and Recycling Committee Members, for the purpose of collecting proactive suggestions from a wide group of Depot users.

This will be a short term commitment, likely involving three meetings.

We look forward to the opportunity to share the experience of envisioning a friendly and efficient “Free Store” facility at the HI Recycling Depot.

Now Closed: Invitation to Tender Hornby Island Free Store Project

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) invites tenders from qualified contractors for the construction of a Free Store located at the Hornby Island Recycling Depot, BC.

For details, see the Invitation for Tender from the CVRD.

Invitation for Tender


Jan Kennedy presented a report on the upgrade of the freestore at the Dec 11, 2013 meeting.

Update on Freestore project

Original project report

March 20, 2013
February 13, 2013
January 30, 2013
January 16, 2013

Vision & Mission Statements

In February 2013 the Recycling Depot’s Vision and Mission Statements were upated.

Hornby Recycles Website & Facebook

See the Hornby Recycles website for complete information or follow the depot on Facebook