Disposal Fees

Each Landfill and Transfer Station has their own sub-regional User Fee Schedule:

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New Per Bag/Container Fee Structure

The RDCK is committed to operating “user pay” facilities, which means that the fees collected at transfer stations and landfills should cover 100% of costs to run those facilities. At present, however these funds are not fully meeting operating costs and the shortfall is therefore made up through taxation. 

Additional revenues are also required to fund future projects designed to extend landfill lifespans. For example, a regional organics management program will decrease landfilling volumes and create a re-useable compost; this can add years of operating life to a landfill. In the long term, diversion programs such as this are a simpler and less expensive option than trying to find a suitable site for a new landfill. 

In keeping with rising operating costs and regulatory requirements, there is a new fee structure for disposing of Containers (maximum 121 L can/ bin OR maximum 81 cm by 102 cm [32” by 40”] bag).

CENTRAL SUB-REGION – Balfour, Central (Salmo), Grohman Narrows (Nelson), Kaslo, Marblehead, Ymir Transfer Stations:

# Containers One Two Three >Three Containers
Scaled Facilities
(Balfour, Central, Grohman Narrows)
$3.50 $7.00 $10.50 The greater of $12.50 OR >100kg Loads at $125/tonne
Volume Facilities
(Kaslo, Marblehead, Ymir)
$3.50 $7.00 $10.50 The greater of $12.50 OR the volume charge of $30/m3


WEST SUB-REGION – Ootischenia and Nakusp Landfills, Slocan, Rosebery, Edgewood and Burton Transfer Stations:

# Containers One Two Three Four >Four Containers
Scaled Facilities
(Ootischenia, Nakusp)
$3.00 $6.00 $9.00 $12.00 The greater of $12.50 OR >100kg Loads at $125/tonne
Volume Facilities
(Slocan, Rosebery, Edgewood, Burton)
$3.00 $6.00 $9.00 $12.00 The greater of $12.50 OR the volume charge of $30/m3


EAST SUB-REGION – Creston Landfill, Crawford Bay and Boswell Transfer Stations:

# Containers One Two Three Four >Four Containers
Scaled Facilities
$3.00 $6.00 $9.00 $12.00 The greater of $12.50 OR >100kg Loads at $125/tonne
Volume Facilities
(Boswell, Crawford Bay, Yahk)
$3.00 $6.00 $9.00 $12.00 The greater of $12.50 OR the volume charge of $30/m3


New Fee Increase Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Why is the price per Container different in the Central Sub-region, (Grohman (Nelson), Central (Salmo), Balfour, Kaslo, Marblehead, and Ymir)?

The Central Sub-Region has very high legacy costs associated with the HB Tailings Facility. Further, it does not operate an active landfill, but hosts the busiest Transfer Station in the region (Grohman Narrows), and as a result has some of the highest operating costs for transfer of waste.

The price per Container in the Central Sub-Region has increased by $0.50 but has not increased in the West and East Sub-Regions. If you normally bring in 1-2 bags/containers in a single trip you will see a price difference of $0.50 - $1.00;If you normally bring in 3 or 4 bags/containers in a single trip you will likely a significant increase. 

2.  Why was the minimum charge increased from $6 to $12.50?  Why was the Container (Bag) limit increased from two to four?

  • Operating Costs: RDCK has three Landfills, thirteen transfer stations, and 23 Recycling Depots over a very large area, which are expensive to operate. Transferring waste requires trucks, fuel and staff.
  • New infrastructure and services:  RDCK has multiple new projects coming over the next ten years, designed to extend the life of our regional landfill (e.g., composting facilities) which need reserve funds (money in the bank). While these programs cost money, they are far less expensive than siting new landfills.
  • Federal Regulations: The $12.50 Minimum Charge matches the value of the minimum weight (100kg) of garbage we can legally charge by weight (in the East Sub-Region it is slightly more than 100kg of garbage). The Minimum Charge will be applied to ALL RDCK sites for consistent pricing and to discourage new traffic at other sites.

3.  Why doesn’t RDCK just waive tipping fees and pay for everything through taxes?

  • RDCK is committed to a User-Pay system: A tax-funded system does not encourage anyone to recycle or compost; in the long run this reduces the life of our regional landfill.
  • Recycle BC Depots have no tipping fees: They are funded by contributions from the producers of printed paper and packaging such as retailers and taxation. Recyclable materials that are disposed at landfills and transfer stations (e.g., wood and metal) have significantly lower tipping fees, as they are NOT landfilled. 

4.  How can Customers keep their disposal costs manageable?

  • Increase your recycling: Take advantage of the growing number of items that can be recycled at our 23 recycling depots.
  • Home Composting: While a composting processing facility is scheduled for construction in Salmo and Creston, household composting is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to significantly reduce the volume and odours of your waste. There are options for every situation including systems that do not attract animals and are capable of composting meats and kitchen scraps.
  • Bigger disposal are more cost effective: Rather than bringing in small Bags or Containers, maximize the value of your disposals by using 121L Bags or Containers. If possible, bring in larger loads (more than four containers) and pay by weight or volume – those prices have NOT changed. Consider sharing disposal costs with people in your area.

Do you have municipal curbside service? For loads under 100kg, curbside pickup is cheaper than self-hauling, saves time and reduces Greenhouse Gas emissions and traffic at busy sites!

The content on this page was last updated October 14 2022 at 1:55 PM