City considers charging charities tipping fees

The City of Whitehorse is examining the possibility of limiting what some non-profit organizations can drop off at the landfill for free.

The City of Whitehorse is examining the possibility of limiting what some non-profit organizations can drop off at the landfill for free.

Since 1999, the City has exempted tipping fees at its landfill for Raven Recycling, Mary House and the Salvation Army.

The practice is in place for re-usable items only. But late last year, it became apparent that a large volume of non-reusable items, such as construction and electronic waste, was also being dropped off.

More than $56,000 was waived for Raven Recycling last year alone, said councillor Betty Irwin at Monday’s meeting.

Environmental coordinator Bryna Cable explained that the non-profit had done some work in its yard, which accounted for the large amount of waste.

But it’s not common for that to happen every year, she added.

Members of council have the option to limit the exemption to reusable goods only, to discontinue the practice altogether or to refer the matter back to administration.

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