Waste Watchers

Wei Wai Kum First Nation has a Waste Watchers program to reduce garbage and increase recycling and composting on reserve.

What We’re Doing

Blue bins with hinged lids are provided to each household on reserve to help make recycling more convenient and less likely to be blown around by wind or damaged by rain.

Composting workshops will be held if demand warrants, and signs and information materials have been or will be created to help Band members divert garbage from the landfill to appropriate collection sites.

Our young people take part through activities such as community clean-ups, compost presentations, and garbage audits.

What Can Be Recycled From Home?

Curbside recycling collection on-reserve takes place every second Monday. Acceptable materials include all clean paper products, all hard plastics that have a triangle around a number, and clean tin and aluminum cans. We have created a Blue Box Information Sheet for handy reference. You can also find more details on the Multi Material BC (MMBC) website.

What Can Be Recycled Elsewhere?

Island Return It accepts a wide variety of items including cardboard, glass jars, beverage containers, grocery bags, Styrofoam, light bulbs (including Christmas lights!), batteries, paint, and electronics. The centre is open seven days a week at 1580 Willow St. Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See their website at www.Islandreturnit.com or call 250-287-4224 for more information.

Campbell River Waste Management Centre accepts a wide variety of recycling and waste materials. It is located at 6700 Argonaut Road and is open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. See www.cswm.ca or call 250-287-8530 for more information.

The Yard Waste Drop-off Centre is open year-round, Friday to Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is located on the We Wai Kai Nation land off Willis Rd. behind the Shell Station – follow the signs.

ReStore accepts donations of new and used building materials, appliances (working or not) and home décor items and sells them to support Habitat for Humanity on northern Vancouver Island. They will pick up large items. ReStore is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1725 B Willow Street. Call 250-830-1493 for more information.

Thrift and Consignment Stores accept a variety of items such as clothing, kitchenware, general household items and furniture. You might even be able to make some money by selling your items! Check the website or phone directory under “thrift store” or “consignment”.

Not Sure What Goes Where?

Check the MMBC Waste Wizard.

Please note: the garbage and cardboard bins at Thunderbird Hall are intended for the hall’s use only!