The Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s Eco-Depots in Clearwater and Louis Creek now have operational weigh scales as well as a change in payment methods.
Tipping fees can now be paid with debit or credit cards as well as TNRD Eco-Cards. As of April 16, neither facility will be accepting cash.
The installation of weigh scales is part of a new weight-based user strategy that is more accurate and equitable than the volume-based system that was previously employed at TNRD waste disposal and recycling facilities. The move to a weight-based strategy will not change tipping fees, which will continue to be based on a $60-per-tonne disposal fee for garbage with the minimum being set at $1.
Residents will also be able to continue recycling select materials at no cost.
Charge accounts for commercial customers will still be in effect.
With the weigh scales now operational, users of the Eco-Depots should be aware that traffic flow will change with vehicles now having to move to and from scales as waste is disposed of. Motorists are advised to be alert and watch for new signage to direct them as they make their way through the Eco-Depot.
Residents who use the North Thompson Eco-Depots should also be aware that summer hours are now in effect at those facilities. The hours are from Tuesday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.