NEWS/ REGION — The Thompson-Nicola Regional District will raise tipping fees for demolition, land clearing, and construction (DLC) waste effective July 1 at all its waste facilities.
The tipping fees for DLC waste will go from $60 per tonne to $120 per tonne based on a new bylaw that was adopted by the TNRD board of directors. The bylaw will also see changes to household refuse fees on Jan. 1, 2015, as well as a further increase in DLC fees to $160 per tonne on the same date.
The new fee structure will give customers the ability to save money by source-separating DLC waste, says Jamie Vieira, the TNRD’s manager of environmental services.
A separate lower fee will be applied to select waste streams if they are separated. The lower fees only apply at sites where separate collection areas exist.
“The fee increases are in step with the user-pay principle adopted in the TNRD Solid Waste Management Plan,” Vieira said in a news release.
“These changes will move costs away from the taxpayer and towards the user. The new fee structure creates incentive for customers to source separate demolition and construction waste, allowing materials to be recycled instead of landfilled.”
The new fees will make TNRD fees comparable to other regional districts in the southern Interior, Vieira said.
“Presently, the TNRD has some of the lowest fees in the southern Interior.”