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Dump fees going up at the Bailey landfill, green depot in Chilliwack

Inflation leads to hikes of 2% and 9% in fees depending on material going to landfill, says report
Disposal fees are set to increase July 1 at the Bailey Landfill, shown in 2009. (Progress file photo)

Disposal fees are going up this summer at both the Bailey Landfill and the Parr Road Green Depot in Chilliwack.

The minimum disposal fees at the dump and the green depot are set to rise to $7.50 per load, from $5 per load, as of July 1, according to a recent staff report.

That increase slated for later this summer will still leave disposal fees in Chilliwack “below the average” at other dump facilities in the Fraser Valley, staff noted.

“Inflationary adjustments of between two per cent and nine per cent are coming depending on the type of material to be disposed are proposed to the Bailey Sanitary Landfill disposal fees, which will come into effect on July 1, 2024 as the major haulers have previously requested two months’ notice on fee changes,” the staff report noted.

The increases to tipping fees are part of cost recovery and anticipate that “operating and infrastructure costs are increasing,” the report stated, since landfill revenues also fund other solid waste programs.

Adjustments were suggested for better cost recovery.

“Inflationary adjustments of approximately 13 per cent for clean wood and yard waste and materials containing invasive plants requiring special handling are proposed to the Parr Road Green Depot fees,” it continued. “An increase of 25 per cent is proposed for clean soil and sod.

The rationale was that the larger increases are necessary since green depot operations are not fully covered by the tipping fees, and the site is subsidized by Bailey Landfill revenues.

“Staff are reviewing other options to reduce costs at the Green Depot. The new fees are still similar to other disposal options in the Fraser Valley.”

“The proposed changes to the curbside collection fees reflect an annual inflationary adjustment of 7.32 per cent, which aligns with the 2024 tax increase.

The curbside rates are adjusted every May, and the new fees will be coming into effect on May 1, 2024.

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Jennifer Feinberg

About the Author: Jennifer Feinberg

I have been a Chilliwack Progress reporter for 20+ years, covering the arts, city hall, as well as Indigenous, and climate change stories.
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