The city wants to send a message to septic haulers throughout the province: Kamloops is not your toilet.
As a result of trucks travelling across B.C. to unload in the Tournament Capital, the city wants to increase its tipping fees.
City utility services manager Greg Wightman told the civic operations committee on Monday that the city’s low rate of $20.21 per cubic metre (1,000 litres) has resulted in trucks transporting liquid waste — including septic fuels, porta potties and other sources — from the Thompson-Okanagan and Fraser Valley regions.
“People are willing to drive here to save the money because of how cheap we are,” Wightman said.
The city accepts commercial and RV septic waste at the Mission Flats Sani Dump and at the Kamloops Sewage Treatment Centre. Other locations cater solely to RVs.
City staff examined septic tipping fees across the country and compared the local rate to communities in B.C., concluding Kamloops is “far less expensive” than its neighbours.
Vancouver charges $61.30, Nanaimo charges $50.60, the Regional District of Central Okanagan charges $47.27 and Penticton charges $36.
Wightman said the proposed increased rate of $50 per cubic metre would be about average. Furthermore, the city will research service areas and procedures of other facilities and define an area from where it will accept materials. Additional fees are levied elsewhere from trucks travelling outside those defined limits.
Coun. Dieter Duty said he was concerned with the possibility of trucks dumping in the backcountry as a result of proposed changes in fees.
The new tipping fees could come into effect as early as September.