Campbell River landfill fees expected to go up

The Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) board is scheduled to adopt new fees for dumping certain materials

The Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) board is scheduled to adopt new fees for dumping certain materials at the Campbell River landfill.

The new fee structure will be before the board at its Thursday, Nov. 5 meeting.

If passed, effective Jan. 1, 2016, wood waste that can be diverted from the landfill (such as painted or stained wood, pallets, particle board, plywood and raw dimensional lumber) will no longer be classified as C&D (construction and demolition) and will remain at $120 per tonne rate.

Wood waste classified as garbage (such as creosote timbers, wood painted with lead-based paint, laminated furniture and cupboards) will be charged $130 per tonne.

The solid waste board also recently recommended a fee increase for drywall (gypsum), to cover the cost of hauling the product to New West Gypsum – a Greater Vancouver area processor – for recycling into new drywall products.

The cost to drop off drywall will be $225 per tonne effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Furthermore, to comply with Worksafe BC guidelines, the Comox Valley and Campbell River waste management centres are no longer accepting drywall containing asbestos.

The solid waste service requires all haulers of drywall to complete a ‘waste disposal’ application prior to dropping off the material at the landfills.

To download and complete the application, visit www.cswm.ca/diversion

The ‘MSW-mixed with recyclables’ rate will be applied when haulers cross the scale with loads of recyclables mixed with MSW (municipal solid waste) or construction and demolition.

The ‘MSW-mixed with recyclables’ rate is scheduled to increase on Jan. 1, 2016 to $275 per tonne.

As a reminder, municipal solid waste and construction and demolition debris will also increase from $120 per tonne to $130 per tonne on Jan. 1, 2016.

For a schedule of fees for the disposal of waste at the Comox Valley and Campbell River waste management centres, visit www.cswm.ca/fees

The solid waste management service is an extended function of the Comox Valley Regional District and is responsible for two regional waste management centres that serve the Comox Valley and Campbell River, as well as a range of transfer stations and smaller waste-handling and recycling facilities for the electoral areas of the Comox Valley and the Strathcona Regional districts.

The solid waste service manages more than 100,000 tonnes of waste and recycled material and oversees a number of diversion and education programs.