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7 Mile Tipping Fee Changes for 2022

7 Mile Tipping Fee Changes for 2022

The Regional District of Mount Waddington (RDMW) starting January 1st, 2022 will be changing our tipping fees to encourage further diversion and improve public and worker health and safety. In the coming weeks of the lead up and during the implementation, the RDMW and staff at 7 Mile Landfill will work with the public in adjusting to the rules by answering questions and if possible having meetings to review specific waste situations. 

The new rules are as follows:

  1. Metal and wood waste are classified as “Controlled Waste”.  Currently “Controlled Waste” are materials such as cardboard, electronics, paint, oil, appliances containing ozone depleting substances, electrical devices, batteries, etc.  When “Controlled Waste” is found in a load brought to the landfill, the tipping fee charged to the load is doubled.  Starting January 1st, 2022, wood and metal found in a load will also trigger a doubling of the tipping fee. 
    • Metals are some of the easiest materials that can be recycled and if diverted from the waste stream can easily be disposed of at 7 Mile and other recycling operations at no cost to the party wanting to dispose of them.
    • Wooden items when buried in the landfill are a cause of significant challenge both for the environment and as a cost to tax payers.  In a landfill, wood breaks down slowly causing powerful greenhouse gasses and acidic leachate that damage the environment.  Because the RDMW will be responsible for mitigating the environmental impacts of the landfill until it is no longer a problem and because future generations do not want to be paying for the consequences of the our waste management practices, extra funding is needed to be saved now to cover environmental costs in the future.  Minimizing the wood that goes into the landfill will significantly decrease the time that 7 Mile Landfill will be impacting the environment in the future and means reduction in funding needs now.  Another saving is that wood waste is charged at a significantly lower tipping fee than general waste so by practicing good waste management you save in two different ways, through your taxes and at the landfill’s scale office.
  2. The tipping fee for asbestos waste for commercial loads is going up to $250/tonne but non-commercial sized loads will remain at the normal General Refuse tipping fee rate conditional that the asbestos waste is properly packaged.
    • A non-commercial asbestos load is defined as within a 24 hour period, five or less 38” X 60” 6 mil plastic bags with the bags properly tied off as per RDMW instructions.
    • An additional surcharge of $100/tonne for asbestos loads that contain wood or metal debris that exceed 3 feet in length will also be considered.  Long pieces of wood and metal tend to puncture that plastic containing the asbestos item creating an increased level of exposure to works and the public.
    • It is strongly recommended that for larger projects where significant amounts of material have possible asbestos contamination, get the suspected materials tested by a qualified contractor.  Testing is relatively inexpensive and if the load can be shown to be asbestos free, handling and tipping fees will be substantially lower than assuming asbestos exists.

If you have any questions, please send them by email to info@rdmw.bc.ca with the subject being "New Metal, Wood and Asbestos Disposal Rules"