Commercial and residential customers should expect to pay more to dispose of garbage at the Sechelt and Pender Harbour landfill sites, starting on Sept. 16.
The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) will raise tipping fees for municipal solid waste from $125 per tonne to $150 per tonne.
Also starting Sept. 16, the Sechelt landfill will be closed on Mondays year round and the Pender Harbour landfill will close on Tuesdays year round. Pender Harbour landfill was previously open only on Tuesday mornings.
Changes at the landfills are in response to increasing cost pressures, including contributions to landfill closure reserves for future landfill capital development, new provincial controls on construction waste handling and increased costs for the free drop-off program for residential self-haul yard waste. The tipping fee increase is also anticipated to encourage people and companies to separate more recyclable materials from their garbage.
“We feel the increase in tipping fees for non-recyclable materials, along with the cost savings from the reduction in landfill operating hours, is the best balance to deal with the increased operating cost pressures,” said Pender Harbour/Egmont director Frank Mauro, who is also chair of the infrastructure services committee. “These actions address the need to continue to reduce, reuse and recycle while also maintaining the funding levels necessary to operate our landfills in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.”
The solid waste management plan and the SCRD board support a user pay system where the more garbage people generate, the more they pay.
“We don’t use taxation to subsidize our landfill operations,” said Jeremy Valeriote, SCRD manager of waste reduction and recovery. “The operations must pay for themselves through tipping fees so that users pay the full cost of the waste they generate.”
For more information, see www.scrd.ca/Landfills.