Tipping fee targets large loads of yard waste

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

If you drive a pick-up truck full of yard waste to a Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) landfill, disposal's going to remain free. The same goes for single-axle trailers and car loads of bagged yard waste. 

But if you drive a tandem-axle vehicle, like a dump truck or bin truck, or tandem-axle trailer full of land clearing or yard waste, there will be a charge for disposal effective March 1, 2021.

In January 2018, the CSRD adopted the free yard waste disposal program, which was designed to give residents access to an environmentally-friendly, economical solution to yard-waste disposal of items like leaves, grass clippings and branches. This has helped reduce open burning and illegal dumping of this type of waste.

Since this change, however, an increasing number of individuals and commercial businesses are bringing in large loads of land-clearing waste using heavy equipment. The large loads are overwhelming the space at transfer stations. This is also causing problems with composting, as much of the waste can not be processed properly due to the amount of stumps, rocks and soil in the load.

In an effort to keep the spirit of the free residential yard-waste program and make it consistent with other tipping fees, the CSRD Board agreed to implement a yard-waste tipping fee for all tandem-axle trucks and trailers.

As part of this, the CSRD is reducing the current tipping fee of $160/tonne for land-clearing waste to $80/tonne. This will simplify the load assessments for landfill workers because the rate for disposing of land-clearing waste in a tandem-axle vehicle will now be the same $80/tonne yard-waste disposal rate.

In addition, CSRD transfer stations will no longer be accepting load of yard waste from tandem-axle vehicles. These large vehicles will have to go to a CSRD landfill for disposal. This will ensure there will be available space for citizens to drop off their residential yard waste at transfer stations.

Photo: Small loads of residential yard waste will remain free at all CSRD landfills and transfer stations. (Pixabay photo)

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