Residents disposing waste at the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) landfill and transfer station on Church Road in Errington will pay more next year.
The RDN Solid Waste Management Select Committee, at its regular meeting on Nov. 21, voted unanimously to recommend to the board to adopt a bylaw amendment that will allow tipping fees to go up by $5 per tonne as of April 1, 2024.
The increase is necessary according to superintendent of scale and transfer services Kevin Guizzetti, as the volume of waste received at both RDN facilities have gone up by 23 per cent since April 2021.
“Increased waste volumes despite generating higher revenues, also increase operational expenses thus making accurate cost recovery critical in supporting an equitable and efficient operation,” said Guizzetti.
Heightened waste volumes also require greater quantities of landfill space which Guizzetti indicated would cut the lifespan of the RDN’s landfill.
“As such, tipping fees must ensure accurate and equitable cost recovery of the airspace consumed while also providing for the future post-closure maintenance cost of the regional landfill, the continued operation of the Church Road transfer station and the ability for the RDN to consider all future solid waste management opportunities,” said Guizzetti.
Adding another $5 per tonne to the tipping fee, Guizzettin explained, would also support the 90 per cent waste diversion goal of the RDN’s Solid Waste Management Plan and continued develoopment of the circular economy.