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Beginning June 2, residents will see a few new disposal fees at Columbia Shuswap Regional District landfills and transfer stations.

A $10 per tonne charge will be implemented for disposal of clean soil (accepted only at landfills), and fees will be charged for new separation categories of wood waste: chipped wood waste; clean wood waste; and treated wood waste.

Chipped wood waste will cost $15 per tonne at the scaled sites or $5 per cubic metre at the unscaled sites. Clean wood waste and treated wood waste will cost $35 per tonne at scaled sites or $5 per cubic metre at unscaled sites.

“The fee for wood waste disposal has not changed,” says waste reduction facilitator Carmen Fennell. “What has changed is the incentive to keep dirty and clean wood separated.”

As well, a new $15 per mattress recycling fee begins June 2.

Fennell points out that mattresses pose significant challenges when disposed of in landfills. The decision to recycle mattresses, rather than burying them will save valuable space in the landfill and allow for the recovery of valuable wood and metal.

“We have contracted with a company from Mara to collect and disassemble the mattresses so the wood and metal can be recovered and recycled,” says Fennell.

The fee charged for the disposal will cover the dismantling costs.

Anyone who has a large volume of mattresses to dispose of may be able to arrange for a direct pick-up with the recycling company by calling Fennell at 250-833-5936.

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