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Generator Levy

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The generator levy is currently $64 per metric tonne (as of 2024, Tipping Fee Bylaw). The levy applies to garbage generated within the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District (GVS&DD), regardless of where it is taken for disposal. The GVS&DD includes most municipalities within the Metro Vancouver region (see list of municipalities below).

How haulers pay the generator levy depends on whether or not they bring their garbage to a regional solid waste facility (Metro Vancouver or City of Vancouver facility – see list below). For garbage disposed of at a regional solid waste facility, the generator levy is included in the tipping fee. For garbage delivered to any other facility, haulers must pay the generator levy to the GVS&DD.

Reason for gen​erator levy

Every person who generates municipal solid waste (garbage) within the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District (GVS&DD) must pay a generator levy to help fund the regional solid waste system. This system provides reliable and resilient waste and recycling services that benefit and are available to all residents and businesses who generate waste in the region.

Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District (GVS&DD)

The Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District (GVS&DD) provides region-wide services to manage wastewater and solid waste. It is one of the four corporate entities that make up Metro Vancouver.

These areas are part of the GVS&DD:

  • Anmore
  • Burnaby
  • Coquitlam
  • Delta
  • Electoral Area A
  • Langley City
  • Langley Township
  • Maple Ridge
  • New Westminster
  • North Vancouver City
  • North Vancouver District
  • Pitt Meadows
  • Port Coquitlam
  • Port Moody
  • Richmond
  • Surrey
  • Vancouver
  • West Vancouver
  • White Rock

Regional solid waste facilities (Metro Vancouver or City of Vancouver)

The generator levy is included in the tipping fee that customers pay when they bring garbage to the regional solid waste facilities listed below.

When to apply the generator levy

The generator levy applies to all garbage generated within the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District (GVS&DD). The generator levy is part of the tipping fee for any garbage disposed of at regional solid waste facilities (Metro Vancouver or​ City of Vancouver facilities).

The generator levy does not apply to loads that contain only these materials:

  • Construction and demolition waste
  • Industrial waste
  • Source-separated recyclables, including organics
  • Agricultural waste
  • Residential and commercial/institutional garbage generated outside of the GVS&DD

How to pay the generator levy

Garbage delivered to a regional facility (Metro Vancouver or City of Vancouver facility) - The generator levy is already included in the tipping fee. If a hauler delivers garbage to a facility that is not a regional facility, the hauler is required to pay the generator levy to the GVS&DD, in addition to any fees charged by the facility operator.

 

 

Disposal at a regional solid waste facility (Metro Vancouver or City of Vancouver) Disposal at a regional solid waste facility (Metro Vancouver or City of Vancouver) <div class="ExternalClass47D61129F310485B8EB69D883851BBC8"><p>The generator levy is built into the garbage tipping fees charged at regional solid waste facilities. Haulers simply pay the tipping fee at the facility. No additional action to pay the levy is required in this situation.</p><div class="uk-padding-small uk-background-muted"><p> <strong>Key hauler responsibilities:</strong></p><ul><li>Pay tipping fee at a regional solid waste facility</li><li>Keep and maintain records<br></li><li>Provide the GVS&DD with access to inspect and copy records when requested​</li><li>Include the generator levy cost as part of fees charged to customers<br></li></ul></div></div>
Disposal at a facility that is not a regional solid waste facility Disposal at a facility that is not a regional solid waste facility <div class="ExternalClassE346A391FE34440B9EA60997E3F6E2B2"><p>A few more steps are required for garbage that a hauler takes to a facility that is not a regional solid waste facility. Haulers will need to collect the levy and pay it to the GVS&DD at the end of every quarter. Haulers should consider the generator levy amount ($64 per metric tonne) when they determine what fee to charge their customers.</p><div class="uk-padding-small uk-background-muted"><p> <strong>Key hauler responsibilities:</strong></p><ul><li>Include the generator levy cost as part of fees charged to customers</li><li>Keep and maintain records</li><li>Provide the GVS&DD with access to inspect and copy records when requested</li><li>At the end of every quarter, calculate and pay the generator levy to the GVS&DD</li></ul></div><h4>How to calculate how much levy to pay</h4><p>To calculate how much levy to pay to the GVS&DD each quarter:</p><ol><li>At the end of each quarter, add up all the tonnage of residential and commercial/institutional garbage that has been:<br> <ul><li>Collected from within the GVS&DD, and</li><li>Taken to any facility other than a regional facility (Metro Vancouver or City of Vancouver facility)</li></ul><p>This is the quarterly tonnage that you should use to calculate the levy amount to pay to the GVS&DD (see next step).</p></li><li><p>Multiply the quarterly tonnage of residential and commercial/institutional garbage by the generator levy rate (currently $64 per metric tonne) to calculate the amount of generator levy that has been paid for that quarter.</p>​ <p>(Quarterly tonnage) x (generator levy rate) = generator levy amount to be paid for that quarter</p></li><h4>How and when to pay the levy</h4><p>The deadlines to pay levy amounts to the GVS&DD are:</p><ul><li>April 15 (for levies collected January 1 to March 31)</li><li>July 15 (for levies collected April 1 to June 30)</li><li>October 15 for (levies collected July 1 to September 30)</li><li>January 15 (levies collected October 1 to December 31)</li></ul><p>Levy amounts can be paid to the GVS&DD by credit card, cheque or electronic funds transfer (EFT). Cheques should be made out to the GVS&DD. If you are mailing in your payment, please send it to the attention of Financial Services/Generator Levy. A receipt will be provided once the levy amount has been received. Failure to pay the generator levy to the GVS&DD is a violation of the Tipping Fee Bylaw.</p><p style="display:none;"> <a class="uk-button mv-button" href="/services/environmental-regulation-enforcement/pay-fees-and-fines">How to pay fees</a></p><p style="display:none;">Sign up below to receive a quarterly reminder to pay the collected generator levy<br></p><p style="display:none;"> <a class="uk-button mv-button" href="#">Sign up for notifications</a></p><div class="uk-padding-small uk-background-muted"><p> <strong>Disclaimer</strong></p><p>In the event of any inconsistency between the information on this page and the Tipping Fee Bylaw, the Tipping Fee Bylaw will prevail.</p></div></ol></div>

 Related links

 

 

Governance Structure https://metrovancouver.org/about-us/governance-structure, Governance Structure Governance Structure
Tipping Fee Bylawhttps://metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/tipping-fee, Tipping Fee BylawTipping Fee Bylaw
Integrated Solid Waste Resource Management Planhttps://metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/Documents/integrated-solid-waste-resource-management-plan.pdf, Integrated Solid Waste Resource Management PlanIntegrated Solid Waste Resource Management Plan

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