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Regional District of North Okanagan Board Adopts Changes to Recycling and Disposal Fees

Posted Friday, December 18, 2015

Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) Board of Directors adopted amendments to the Municipal Solid Waste Management Bylaw No. 2659, 2014 which regulates the use of, and sets the fees for recycling and disposal of municipal solid waste. The majority of the amendments in the recycling and disposal fees will take effect at all RDNO Recycling and Disposal Facilities (RDF) on Saturday, January 2, 2016 with other changes effective July 1, 2016.

The most significant changes are:

  • the recycling and disposal fee for yard & garden waste will be eliminated;
  • an increase in the regular refuse disposal fee from $95/tonne to $97/tonne;
  • the fee for construction and demolition (C&D) waste will increase from $200/tonne to $203/tonne;
  • the fee for disposal of refuse containing Regulated Material (e.g. recyclable and/or divertable products such as asphalt roofing, yard and garden waste, glass, scrap metal, wood and/or Blue Bag recyclables) will increase from $200/tonne to $203/tonne;
  • the disposal fee for refuse containing drywall will increase from $300/tonne to $303/tonne;
  • the fee for mixed residential waste will increase from $66/tonne to $68/tonne; and
  • the minimum charges for a number of products including regular refuse, wood, metal and Styrofoam will all increase from $4 to $5.

Customers choosing to dispose of mixed refuse loads containing Regulated Material will be assessed a tipping fee of $203/tonne for their entire load. RDF customers can avoid paying the higher tipping fee by sorting, separating and depositing Regulated Material in the appropriate locations at all RDFs. Differential fees are designed to encourage sorting and separation of divertible materials and to discourage disposal of mixed loads containing divertible materials.

Bylaw 2659, 2014 also includes site rules, including a requirement that all open truck and trailer loads be secured with a tarp or cargo net. Not only is litter along major traffic routes unsightly, flying debris from open vehicles enroute to an RDF is extremely dangerous for other drivers. The RDNO expects to minimize this risk and unsightliness by imposing higher fees for noncompliance at our facilities.

An updated, consolidated version of the Municipal Solid Waste Management Bylaw No. 2659, 2014, will be posted on the RDNO website at www.rdno.ca as of January 2, 2016. The Bylaw contains the complete list of Regulated Materials, as well as the complete Recycling and Disposal Fee schedule.