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Councillor dumps on tipping fees for West Kelowna garbage

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 | 8:30 am

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Kelowna will now charge a tipping fee for West Kelowna waste hauled to the Glenmore Landfill from the Westside transfer station.

By John McDonald

Coun. Graeme James thinks the tipping fees that Kelowna will charge its counterpart across the lake for dumping waste at the Glenmore Landfill are garbage.

“I don’t see why the City of Kelowna taxpayers are subsidizing anybody,” said James, during the debate over a staff recommendation that the District of West Kelowna be charged a “blended fee” of $28.70 per tonne. The West Kelowna landfill is scheduled to close this year and the district has opened a transfer station to handle waste from residential users. The fee is for the waste gathered there and then trucked to Kelowna.

“I know they are in a difficult position, but that’s their problem,” added James. “Everybody should pay the same. If it were up to me, I would make people from outside Kelowna pay more. This is our landfill, not the region’s.”

According to staff, the rate of $27.80 per tonne, as well as $10 per tonne for yard waste, represents full cost recovery, despite a request from the Central Okanagan Regional District’s Regional Waste Reduction Office that Kelowna waive the tipping fee.

The regional district had argued the transfer station benefits Kelowna by reducing “self-haul” traffic within the city, cutting down on traffic congestion and helping air quality.

West Kelowna’s household and commercial garbage is already trucked to the Glenmore Landfill.

CORD also argued that creating a disparity in fees would lead to illegal garbage dumping and that large-load hauling could be scheduled to suit the Glenmore Landfill schedule.

Coun. Robert Hobson, who is also the chairman of the regional district, countered James position, pointing out the Glenmore Landfill is now designated a regional facility. “I find myself in the unusual position of supporting West Kelowna on this one,” he said. “This is a good way of helping out our neighbours, it’s good for the city to have the transfer station there,” he said.

Discussion around the issue also sparked debate over raising the self-haul tipping fee at the Glenmore Landfill from $6 per load with the aim of planning ahead for it’s eventual closing. The landfill has an estimated life of another 60 years, but some councillors pointed out it’s not too early to start thinking ahead.

“It’s a challenge that sits out there,” noted Hobson. “Think about how difficult it is to put anything next to anyone these days, let alone a landfill.”

Council approved the staff recommendation with Councillors James and Michele Rule voting against it.


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2 Responses to “Councillor dumps on tipping fees for West Kelowna garbage”

  1. Fred says:
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    No way, several years ago, citizens were told there was a
    limited amount of space and we changed recycling to meet the shortage of space. The fees went up considerably and
    now we are told something else. The people on the Westside
    apparently can’t get their act together so we are going to
    not only give them access we are going to charge them half
    as much as Kelowna citizens pay. Remember a while back when these same folks didn’t want to be part of our community so they formed their own? I don’t have a problem
    with them doing that, but in so doing they should find their own place for garbage. If that isn’t possible sure
    we should be good neighbours, but at the same rate as we
    pay on this side of the lake.

  2. D.Goodman says:
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    First this is a CORD responsibility in both West Kelowna
    and Kelowna and the rest of the Regional District. the CORD has always been dominated by Kelowna with a majority of directors (councilors) and a Kelowna councilor is the managing director of CORD operations and as he says himself, ““I find myself in the unusual position of supporting West Kelowna. It was CORD’s lack of foresight that resulted in the lack of additional dump space and it’s decision to land everyone with a ridiculous expensive collection system.
    Don’t blame the Westside it is your councilors that the policy and the operations of the Regional District.

    Please continue discussion on the forum: link

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