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Garbage rates going up
Starting Jan. 1, it will cost more to dispose of garbage and yard waste at two Central Okanagan facilities for both residential and commercial customers.
Tipping fee increases for garbage and other solid waste materials were approved earlier this year by the regional district board for both the Westside residential waste disposal and recycling centre and Kelowna's Glenmore landfill.
The increases will be:
• Bagged garbage $2.50 per bag (now $1.00 per bag)
• Flat fee for up to 250 kg of garbage $8.00 (now $6)
• Loads of garbage over 250 kg $65 per metric tonne (now $55)
• Yard waste loads greater than 250 kg $40 per metric tonne (now $25)
• Yard waste loads for material larger than 20cms in diameter $65 per metric tonne (now $55)
Up to 250 kilograms of yard waste will continue to be accepted free of charge.
Regional district waste reduction manager Peter Rotheisler said the increase in fees is necessary given the major capital projects planned for the Glenmore landfill, the only remaining active landfill in the Central Okanagan.
The increases will also provide additional incentive for residents to reduce, reuse and recycle, he added.
“It’s also the first time in almost 20 years that the bag and under-250 kilogram disposal fees have gone up,” said Rotheisler.
Even with next year’s increase, tipping fees in the Central Okanagan will still remain lower than many of the surrounding areas. Tipping fees in the North Okanagan, Columbia Shuswap, and Kootenay Boundary are between $70 and $85 per metric tonne, and in Metro Vancouver that are slightly below $100 per metric tonne.