Comox Strathcona Waste Management Service

 

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DRYWALL (GYPSUM) and WOOD WASTE DIVERSION PROGRAMS

DRYWALL (GYPSUM) DIVERSION

Due to WorkSafe BC health and safety regulations, Comox Strathcona waste management (CSWM) facilities will no longer accept pre-1990 drywall for recycling, without an approved Waste Disposal” application form. All pre-1990 drywall must now be tested for asbestos content before it can be recycled. If the testing indicates that it does not contain asbestos, the Comox Valley and Campbell River waste management centres will accept the drywall for recycling. If the pre-1990 drywall does not have mud, it can be disposed with regular drywall for recycling.

For a list of alternate companies who will take drywall for recycling, visit www.rcbc.ca.

The cost of disposal for drywall (gypsum) has increased to $225/ tonne effective January 1, 2016 to cover recycling and transportation costs. 

The Campbell River and Comox Valley waste management centres will require the "Waste Disposal” application form to be completed and approved prior to the disposal of drywall to the landfill. As pre-1990 drywall filling compound (mud) may contain asbestos, haulers will be required to provide analytical data or proof with their application to show that drywall is free from asbestos or show the material does not have mud compound. A list of local companies that perform this type of testing are listed below.

The following provides the steps required for the acceptance of asbestos free drywall material at the Comox Valley and Campbell River waste management centres:

NEW CONSTRUCTION DRYWALL

RENOVATION / DEMOLITION DRYWALL

Asbestos is a health hazard and if you are unsure if a material contains asbestos, it is best to contact your contractor or a local laboratory who can conduct a test to confirm (a list of labs is provided below). In general, houses constructed before 1990 likely contain asbestos. For examples of materials that contain asbestos, visit WorkSafe BC's website.

For more information on asbestos transport and containment requirements, visit the Ministry of Environment's (MoE) links:

For information on the health risks associated with this material, visit Worksafe BC's website

ASBESTOS ANALYSIS LABS (to confirm presence or absence)

ASBESTOS DISPOSAL
For asbestos disposal or
to purchase 6 MIL BAGS

contact COAST ENVIRONMENTAL at: 1-888-228-2211.

ASBESTOS ABATEMENT AND REMOVAL COMPANIES

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WOOD WASTE DIVERSION

Wood Waste Diversion

Selected wood waste products at the Comox Valley and Campbell River waste management centres will now be diverted from the landfill. The table below provides details on wood waste that will be accepted for diversion and wood waste that will be classified as garbage.

WOOD WASTE ACCEPTED FOR DIVERSION WOOD WASTE CLASSFIED AS GARBAGE
  • Raw, untreated pallets

  • Wood scraps (no pressure treated)

  • Particle board without laminate

  • Plywood without paint

  • Hardwood flooring (no laminate)

  • Painted & stained items

  • Pressure treated items (green or brown coating)

  • Laminate flooring

  • Laminate

  • Cedar shakes

  • Creosote items

  • Cement Board/Hardiplank

  • Insulation, foam, wallpaper

As of October 1, 2015 the tipping fee for wood waste will remain at $120/tonne.

Should loads of wood waste be mixed together, when they arrive at the landfills, or mixed with regular municipal solid waste (MSW), or construction and demolition waste, haulers will be charged the "MSW mixed with recyclables" rate.

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What happens to when drywall is recycled?

Drywall that is collected for recycling is shipped to New West Gypsum's recycling facility on the lower mainland. The drywall and paper will be separated and reused or recycled for a variety of purposes including composting or manufacturing new sheets of drywall. The clean gypsum core material is then sold back to manufacturers. New wallboards typically contain about 15 - 20 per cent recycled content. Drywall or sheetrock makes up approximately 30 per cent of the debris of a standard modern home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What happens to wood waste that is diverted from the landfills?

Wood waste that is accepted for diversion is grinded and recycled into hog fuel for biomass energy recovery, compost and landscaping.