The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is making some changes to landfill fees, which will rise as of May 1, and hours will be expanding in Okanagan Falls as of April 1.                                Photo courtesy of the RDOS

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is making some changes to landfill fees, which will rise as of May 1, and hours will be expanding in Okanagan Falls as of April 1. Photo courtesy of the RDOS

Landfill fees to rise, hours expanding in Okanagan Falls

Landfill fees will rise as of May 1 at Penticton, Oliver, Okanagan Falls and Keremeos landfills.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will be raising fees from $95 a metric tonne for regular garbage to $110 a metric tonne at the Campbell Mountain (Penticton), Oliver, Okanagan Falls and Keremeos landfills. Additionally, the quantity of yard and wood waste that can be brought into the landfills for free will drop from 500 kilograms to 100 kg per load.

The increase in fees came from a recent lifecycle study of the Campbell Mountain landfill. The landfill faces significant challenges including surface water drainage onto the site, leachate leaving the site and requirements to capture methane gas. Other regional district landfills are matching the rate of Campbell Mountain landfill to prevent “landfill shopping” for a better price.

To view the full list of landfill charges that are in effect on May 1 please find the new Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 2771, 2017 at the following link under the ‘Corporate’ section: http://www.rdos.bc.ca/regional-government/regional-bylaws/

The RDOS is expanding the hours of the Okanagan Falls landfill to include Saturdays. As of April 1, the landfill will be open Monday to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. The extended day of operation will continue until the end of October when the results of Saturday openings will be reviewed.

The extra day was recommended from the 2016 Area “D” Governance Study from residents in Okanagan Falls and Kaleden. Several responses asked that the Okanagan Falls landfill to be open on weekends; especially to get rid of yard waste. The regional district will review the daily use at the end of 2017 to determine if the extra day will continue into 2018.

The Okanagan Falls landfill is focused on the disposal of demolition and renovation material. It is one of the few places in B.C. that actively sorts demolition waste. All food waste has been banned at the Okanagan Falls landfill due to animal concerns. Regular household garbage should go to the Campbell Mountain landfill in Penticton.

For more information on landfills visit www.rdos.bc.ca, e-mail info@rdos.bc.ca or call the RDOS Solid Waste group at 250-490-4129 or toll free 1-877-610-3737.