Why does the Regional District want DLC waste source separated?
DLC waste is one of the largest contributors to waste buried at the Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill. In 2019, over 20,000 tonnes of DLC materials were landfilled. 71 percent of these loads, or over 14,400 tonnes, came into the Landfill as mixed DLC loads.
DLC materials have the greatest potential to achieve higher waste diversion in the Regional District. DLC materials have secondary market value and diverting these materials can support and encourage local diversion markets and create business opportunities.
Why are some tipping fees going up for source separated DLC waste?
DLC wastes will have increased tipping fees for those materials that are bulky and hard to landfill, do not help with landfill gas production and can be easily diverted in the local area. These include asphalt, concrete, masonry and rubble. By increasing tipping fees on these DLC wastes, it will encourage customers to seek out the local alternatives and stimulate local business opportunities.
Why a surcharge and not a ban?
The Municipal Solid Waste Tipping Fee bylaw under Schedule “D” Prohibited Waste has a list of waste materials identified that shall not be disposed of at any facility. DLC waste is not one of the select waste materials, as a result, there will be no ban of the materials at this time, and a surcharge will be implemented instead to encourage source separation.
What facility is the surcharge being implemented at?
This initiative will be in effect at the Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill.
Why is everyone affected and not just the commercial sector?
Lots of DLC waste is easily divertible and can be reused. To get the highest amount of DLC waste diverted from the landfill this change needs to affect everyone. In doing so, everyone will also benefit from lower tipping fees of some wastes.
Is there an extra fee for large bulky waste?
For large bulky items (i.e. hot tub, decking, etc.) there are special handling fees and requirements applied to the disposal. Bylaw No. 3166 defines bulky waste as manufactured items or materials with a volume greater than 1.5 cubic metres and manufactured items or materials greater than 2.5 metres in length. Reducing the size of the material (cutting it in half) may assist in reducing the tipping fees associated with disposal.
Can I dispose of scrap metal?
The landfill accepts small loads of scrap metal at no charge. Scrap metal should be separated from other waste prior to arriving at the site. Lawnmower bodies, snowmobile, and motor bike frames must have fuel, lubricants and tires removed. Major appliances are accepted at no charge in our recycling program.
Can I deposit my waste directly at the active face?
Small loads of waste are limited to disposal in the transfer station. Those customers that have a hydraulic dump trailer can deposit waste directly at the active face. Personal protective gear is required, which includes a high-visibility vest and steel-toed boots. Children and/or pets must remain in the vehicle at all times while on site.
Is there a place for clean fill?
The Foothills Landfill will accept clean fill for no charge. The material must be free of large rocks, roots, asphalt, concrete and other contaminates. Due to site constraints there is a limit on the amount of clean fill accepted each week. Please call ahead to ensure there is adequate storage space available.
Do I have to tie down my load? What does securing a load involve?
All loads arriving at Regional District facilities must be secured, or a double charge may be applied.
“Secured Load” means motor vehicles entering the landfill shall have their loads adequately covered and tied down to prevent materials from shifting, moving, leaking, spilling, escaping, falling from, falling through, being blown off, dislodged from or deposited outside the vehicle while in transit.
Although the item/items you are transporting may be heavy or packed in tightly, this still does not warrant it “secure”. You still need to constrain the load with enough cargo net, ropes, chains, straps, and/or bungee cord so the load cannot shift, move, or fall out.
Cover the load completely with a tarp. The tarp must be tied to the vehicle to be considered secure.
What if I need more information or have more questions- who can I contact?
Please contact the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George at 250-960-4433 with any questions or concerns