Common Questions about the new tipping fees
Who approves the tipping fee bylaw?
The Tipping Fee Bylaw is approved by Metro Vancouver's Board, which is made up of Mayors and Councillors from municipalities around the region who are responsible for managing our solid waste in an environmentally and financially responsible manner.
Why are there minimum and peak hour fees?
85% of vehicle traffic to the transfer stations is small loads (under 1 tonne). As this creates traffic congestion on incoming roads, wait lines and higher processing costs, the minimum and peak hour changes are in place to encourage two things: first to encourage the use of off-peak hour deliveries, and second to encourage customers to deliver larger loads instead of multiple small loads.
What is the transaction fee and why is it separate from the weight based fee?
The transaction fee of $5 is applied to all loads of garbage, gypsum and special handle waste. This fee is separate as it contributes to the fixed costs associated with managing each load. These fixed costs are incurred regardless of the load's weight and include weigh scale costs, staffing, tipping floor maintenance and other requirements.
Why are there maximum load fees within the weight ranges?
The maximum load fees allow a transition from one rate to another. For example, to move from $133 per tonne for loads less than 1 tonne to 112 per tonne for loads greater than 1 tonne, the load cost needs to flatten at $112 between 840 kg and 1 tonne.