Changes Coming to Landfill Rates in 2022
The City of Kamloops would like to ensure all landfill users are aware of the new rate structure that will come into effect on January 1, 2022, at Mission Flats Landfill and the Kamloops Resource Recovery Centre (KRRC).
In May 2021, City Council adopted Solid Waste and Recyclables Bylaw No. 40-67, replacing the previous Bylaw No. 40-59. The new bylaw was introduced to support waste reduction and diversion efforts at landfills by encouraging customers to separate their materials and dispose of them at the most appropriate location. These actions will allow the City to collect more recoverable materials and support increased diversion strategies, extending the life of the landfills. The new rates also account for increases in operational costs incurred since the last rate increase in 2015.
The new landfill rate structure does not impact disposal fees for regular household garbage. Increases will be implemented at both landfills for unseparated demolition, land clearing, and construction waste, as well as clean fill. Mission Flats will also have increased rates for asbestos containing materials, which require special handling. Disposal rates for wood waste and asphalt roofing will be decreased at the KRRC only to encourage diversion of these products from Mission Flats Landfill.
Mattresses and box springs contain a substantial amount of recyclable material and create several challenges when buried in the landfill. As they do not compact, they take up a large amount of space, and the metal coils and springs can get tangled in equipment, causing significant damage.
To address these issues, the City has been recycling mattresses and box springs brought to the Mission Flats and Barnhartvale landfills since 2016, and currently receives over ten thousand pieces annually. Over the next four years, the Province plans to regulate the recycling of mattresses and box springs through the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), similar to programs that already exist for electronics and paint This will shift the cost of recycling these products to the manufacturer. Until the EPR program is operational, anticipated in 2025, the disposal rate for mattresses and box springs will increase to $20 per unit to ensure the City’s current local mattress recycling program is self-sustaining.
To view current and new rates for all three City of Kamloops landfills, please visit Kamloops.ca/Landfills.
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