The Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) is raising tipping fees for household refuse, as well as demolition, land-clearing and construction (DLC) waste beginning January 2015 at all of its waste facilities, including the Clinton and 70 Mile House solid waste and recycling facilities.
The tipping fees for household refuse will go from $60 per tonne to $80 per tonne, and tipping fees for DLC waste will go from $120 per tonne to $160 per tonne, as per a new bylaw that was adopted by the TNRD board of directors.
Also in effect as of January 2015, any amount of household garbage less than 50 kilograms will again be charged $1 per bag, up to four bags or 50 kg.
Any amount greater than 50 kg will be charged at the $80/tonne rate.
The new fee structure for household waste gives customers incentive to reduce and recycle while saving landfill space, Environmental Services manager Jamie Vieira says, adding diverting material from the landfill saves space for material that truly belongs there and keeps landfills open for as long as possible.
The fee structure gives customers the ability to save money by source separating DLC waste. A separate lower fee will be applied to select waste streams if they are separated.
The fee increases are in step with the user-pay principle adopted in the TNRD’s Solid Waste Management Plan, as these changes will move costs away from the taxpayer and towards the user.
The new fees will make TNRD fees comparable to other regional districts in the southern Interior.
For more information, go to the TNRD website at www.tnrd.ca.