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Cost to dispose garbage jumps by 10 per cent

Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
April 3rd, 2023

The cost to dispose of your garbage at the city’s transfer station is going up.

A jump of 10 per cent on the tipping fees collected at the Grohman Narrows transfer station has come into effect after the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) board of directors approved the price hike.

Through the amended Resource Recovery Facilities Regulatory Bylaw, the changes to the bylaw include a 10 per cent price increase in tipping fees at all RDCK landfills and transfer stations.

The increased cost was “due to the significant increase in operating costs (fuel, labour, insurance and supplies) experienced over the past year,” a press release from the RDCK noted, “and more stringent regulatory requirements, and increased borrowing repayment costs.”

The amended bylaw provides new definitions and regulatory modifications to improve operational efficiencies, the release noted.

“This will help to clarify the acceptance of certain materials, including tires, uncontaminated soils and drywall as mixed waste.”

A tipping fee — sometimes known as a gate fee — is a fee paid by anyone who disposes waste in a landfill or transfer station and is based on the weight of waste per ton. The RDCK operates “user pay” facilities, meaning those who generate waste pay for its disposal. 

“Tipping fees should cover 100 per cent of the costs to manage the waste in a sustainable user pay system. Recently, funds collected through tipping fees have not fully covering operating costs, and the shortfall is made up through taxation, which impacts everyone regardless of individual waste generated.”

In addition, cost increases are expected to go to reserve funds required to minimize borrowing costs and fund a number of long-term projects such as landfill upgrades and closure costs, and infrastructure replacement.

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