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Tipping fees to rise at transfer station

METRO Vancouver tipping fees will go up again next year for garbage taken to the transfer station. Starting Jan. 1, the new fee will be $107 per tonne of nonrecyclable trash, up $10.

METRO Vancouver tipping fees will go up again next year for garbage taken to the transfer station.

Starting Jan. 1, the new fee will be $107 per tonne of nonrecyclable trash, up $10. Last year, the Metro Vancouver board approved an increase of $15, raising the rates to the current $97 from $82.

The fee increase is expected to be offset by a reduction in the amount of waste going to the dump, and won't result in a tax increase, according to a Metro Vancouver release.

Green waste such as yard trimmings and clean wood, however, will cost $63 per tonne, designed to keep that material out of the landfill.

"We've heard loud and clear that the public's first priority is to reduce the amount of garbage we need to deal with," said Greg Moore, chairman of Metro Vancouver's waste management committee. "Seventy per cent of our waste should be recycled by 2015, which is up from the 55 per cent we recycle now. The low fees for green waste will reward the municipalities and businesses that are doing the most to get organics and other resources out of the garbage."

There are no changes to the minimum fees for small loads or to peak hour rates, and no charge for accepting recyclable paper, cardboard, glass, metal and plastics, as long as those materials are separated from garbage.

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