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After tax, water, Durham waste facilities user fees being hiked

The Regional Municipality of Durham has notified that effective May 1, 2024, the user fee at its waste facilties is being increased.

The region has announced a 7.5 per cent rise in its portion of the 2024 property tax on residents as well as a 7.4 per cent increase in water and sewer charges (see Related Stories below).

A municipal notice said minimum user fee for general residential and commercial garbage waste will increase from $5 per load to $7 per load for loads up to 40 kilograms (88 pounds).

For every eight kilograms greater than 40 kilograms, the fee will increase from $1 to $1.40. The flat rate for loads weighing 1,000 kilograms (metric tonne) or more will increase from $125 to $175 per 1,000 kilograms.

In addition, fees for fill materials and mixed loads containing fill materials will increase from $250 to $375 per 1,000 kilograms. This is the first increase in fees since 2016, the notice said.

It said the fee increases were approved by Durham Regional Council as part of the 2024 budget, and to help meet rising costs from contracted services while ensuring customer service standards continue to be met. Only loads containing chargeable materials, (including mixed loads containing both free and chargeable materials), will be subject to the fee increases. Loads that only contain the following items are free:

  • bulky white polystyrene
  • electronic waste
  • household hazardous waste (a maximum of 50 litres or 25 cans per vehicle)
  • plastic signs
  • tires (a maximum of 10 tires per vehicle)

For more information about the Region’s Waste Management Facilities, including acceptable materials, locations and hours of operation, visit

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Durham Region portion of property tax goes up 7.5%

Your Durham water and sewer bill is now up by 7.4%

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