Landfill fee increased

  • Jan. 20, 2014 3:00 p.m.

The regional district has increased the fee it charges for construction and demolition waste at the Haida Gwaii landfill site. Administrator Joan Merrick said the board made the change in response to some the big projects here, like the demolition of the old barracks in Masset and the new hospital in Queen Charlotte, which could result in more waste going to the landfill. The new fee for disposing of construction and demolition waste is $25 a cubic metre. Ms Merrick said this type of waste was not previously identified in the fee schedule, but would likely have been classified as commercial waste at $15 a cubic metre. The board also added creosoted/treated wood as a new category of controlled waste, with a disposal fee of $65 a cubic metre. Ms Merrick said the landfill fees have not changed for many years. The regional district took a closer look at them after receiving several inquiries about demolition waste for large projects. It’s not yet clear that demolition waste from the hospital in Queen Charlotte will end up at the landfill site, she said. She’s heard that it could also be removed from Haida Gwaii altogether. If it does end up staying on the islands, the landfill is ready for it, she said. Solid waste coordinator Rob Kidd has worked with an engineer and come up with a plan to use the waste to construct a berm around the regular part of the landfill, which has about 20 to 30 years of life left. “It’s actually a very creative way to handle it,” she said. The Haida Gwaii landfill site is located north of Port Clements, on Highway 16.

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