The City of Lloydminster is updating their landfill rates for the next three years.
As of June 1, the fees will change and the landfill rates will reflect operational cost, cost of infrastructure upgrades and post-closure care.
Because of the economic downturn in the region, there is a limited rate of increase for 2018.
On Dec. 11, 2017, the city had the first reading of the bylaw for the landfill rates.
“In some cases, there were a few rates that appeared lower for out-of-town, than in town. So, what you will see is they are equal, or in some cases, they will be higher. So, we certainly tried to be competitive, but also fair for those who use the landfill,” said Mayor Gerald Aalbers.
The average 2017 tipping fee for all municipalities under 50,000 in population was noted as being $72/tonne.
“We base our rates on the cost of operation, and certainly as we look, we have seen some charts of different communities throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan, it depends where you are at,” said Aalbers.
There will also be moderate increases in fees Jan. 1, 2019 and Jan. 1, 2020.
For the June increase, commercial tipping fee of garbage is $72/tonne, and out-of-town is $120/tonne, while in January 2019 the charges will change to $74/tonne and $123/tonne respectively.
“I think we are fairly competitive on our landfill. We are not making extensive piles of money because we are putting some money into the reserve to deal with that issue when we have to down the road.”