Comox Strathcona Waste Management Service


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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

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:



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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.