On July 1, 2022, the price of bag tags and tipping fees at the Waste Transfer Station are set to increase, as announced at a City Council meeting on Tuesday (May 17, 2022).

The price of bag tags will jump up by $0.50 to $2.50 for both Kenora residents and non-residents. The minimum tipping charge will also rise by $5 up to $20.

Bag Tag 1Photo credit: City of Kenora.

Originally city council agreed back on March 22, 2022, to distinguish the price based on a person’s residency status. Kenora residents would pay $2.50 and non-residents would pay $3.00. The same differentiating between residents and non-residents would happen for tipping fee increases as well.

The increase in bag tags would add to their annual revenue by $129,451, and the city says that amount could rise due to a spike in sales before the new rate takes effect. However, this option would see a loss in projected increased revenues by removing the tiered system which is estimated at a loss of projected increased revenue of $29,283.00, compared to tiered.

In addition to tipping fees increasing by $5, commercial garbage, industrial ash, sewer sludge, and contaminated soil will see an increase per tonne. Tipping or a gate fee is paid by residents who dispose of their waste in a landfill and is based on the weight of the garbage being disposed of.

The new tipping fee increases would add $163,326 in revenue, for a total of $473,415 to add each year into a reserve fund.

Bag Tag 2Photo credit: City of Kenora.

The city’s current landfill was built in 2000 and was designed for a lifespan of 40 years with a designed annual tonnage of 20,265. The cost to construct a new landfill is estimated at $13-15 million dollars and an additional $3-5 million is required for the decommissioning of the old landfill site.

In 2021 the landfill accepted almost 34,000 tons of garbage which is approximately 167% of the designed annual tonnage. As a result, in a one-year timeframe, the city has reduced its landfill's designed life by 1.67 years.

The yearly tonnage the landfill can handle each year is 26,228.30. Should the City continue to encounter volumes in excess of 26,228 tonnes per year, the lifespan of the facility will continue to erode and require replacement sooner than 2041.

The city council says that the need to raise the bag tag and tipping fee prices is to put the increased revenue in a reserve fund over the next 19 years to pay for a new landfill.

Kenora’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Kyle Attanasio originally presented these increases to the city council in early January.

This story was originally posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 by Jay D Haughton.