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BC Compost Scofflaws Will Pay More

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Metro Vancouver plans to add stiff surcharges to tipping fees on garbage loads containing kitchen scraps and other soon-to-be-banned organic waste.

The extra charges are part of Metro Vancouver's strategy to steer compostable food and yard waste from the garbage to new organic waste processors that will turn the material into compost or biofuel.

Surcharges would start at 10 per cent in 2012 and climb to an extra 50 per cent by 2015, according to a staff report.

Households and businesses wouldn't directly pay the fees on what they put out to the curb or dumpster.

But it's expected the haulers who do pay will find ways to pass the costs along and enforce the region's planned ban on organics disposal, spurring residents to use green bins.

"We want to ease in that ban so it's not an overnight trigger," said Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore, who chairs Metro's waste committee. "That starts to provide financial incentives to municipalities or private sector haulers to change their operations."

He said Metro still plans consultations ahead of the expected ban on organic dumping for single-family homes by the end of 2012 and for all other homes and businesses by 2015.


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