Recycling & Waste Management

Recycling Depot and Free Store

Opened in 1978, The Hornby Island Recycling Depot is now celebrating nearly 40 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 2017

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

For general committee guidelines see the Terms of Reference.

New Drywall Regulations

All builders, contractors and home-owners should be aware that there are new regulations regarding waste drywall. Specifically, the Comox Valley Regional District now requires a “Waste Disposal Application” for any drywall brought to the Recycling Depot. This short application form is necessary to ensure that the drywall does not contain any carcinogenic asbestos. Some older drywall may contain asbestos, which needs to be disposed of in a safe manner.
Please download and fill in the form for ANY drywall brought to the Depot for disposal.

Dry-Wall-Waste Disposal Application March 2017

Track our Solar Panels

To check how the solar panels installed at the Depot are performing in real-time, visit the Enphase Energy tracking website.

Recycling Brochure, 2017

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

2017 Hornby Island Recycling Depot brochure

Free Store Redesign, 2015

The freestore rebuild was completed as of April, 2015.
Photos by Phil Bailey.

As part of the upgrades to the Recycling Depot, the Free Store underwent a redesign starting in 2013.

Background Information for Design Group

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

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