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Disposal Ban Program


At Metro Vancouver disposal facilities, loads are inspected for banned materials that shouldn’t be in the garbage, such as recyclable materials, product stewardship materials, or hazardous materials that pose a risk to waste collection workers, the public, or the environment.

​​Surcharges apply if these materials are found in the garbage at Metro Vancouver disposal facilities. A $73 minimum surcharge, plus the potential cost of removal, clean-up or remediation will be applied to loads containing banned hazardous and operational impact materials or product stewardship materials. A surcharge of 50% of the tipping fee on the entire load will be applied to loads containing banned recyclable materials, and a surcharge of 100% of the tipping fee will be applied to loads containing over 20% expanded polystyrene packaging. Instead of disposing of these items in the garbage, Banned Recyclable Materials and Product Stewardship Materials can be dropped off for recycling – click the button below ​for a list of locations.




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For a complete list of Banned Materials, please see the Tipping Fee Bylaw below.

View the Tipping Fee Bylaw

Questions regarding a disposal ban surcharge can be emailed to the contact below.​




Disposal ban program changes and noticesDisposal ban program changes and notices<div class="ExternalClass0DFAF81BDE524C76B1DAA9D1E408F0D6"><p> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i> ​<a href="/services/solid-waste/Documents/north-shore-recycling-waste-centre-organics-disposal-ban-surcharge-waiver-2022.pdf" target="_blank" title="Commercial Organics Receipt at North Shore Recycling and Waste Centre and Conclusion of Organics Disposal Ban Surcharge Waiver">Commercial Organics Receipt at North Shore Recycling and Waste Centre and Conclusion of Organics Disposal Ban Surcharge Waiver</a>​<br></p><p> <i class="fa-light fa-file"></i> ​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start"></span><a href="/services/solid-waste/Documents/temporary-organics-disposal-ban-surcharge-waiver.pdf" target="_blank" title="Temporary Organics Disposal Ban Surcharge Waiver at Metro Vancouver Facilities – Effective October 15, 2022 "><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end"></span>Temporary Organics Disposal Ban Surcharge Waiver at Metro Vancouver Facilities – Effective October 15, 2022</a><br></p></div>
Banned recyclable materialsBanned recyclable materials<div class="ExternalClassAA6DFBC8957544A3AC1A6FBCE706E214"><p>These materials are banned from disposal in the region to drive up the regional recycling rate. There are reasonably accessible recycling options region-wide.</p><ul><li><a href="/services/solid-waste/Documents/auto-parts-bodies-disposal.pdf" target="_blank" title="Auto Parts and Bodies">Auto Parts and Bodies</a></li><li>Beverage containers</li><li><a href="/services/solid-waste/Documents/clean-wood-disposal-ban-info-card.pdf" target="_blank" title="Clean wood">Clean wood</a></li><li>Containers made of glass, metal, recyclable plastic (1, 2, 4 & 5), and composite materials</li><li>Corrugated cardboard</li><li><a href="/services/solid-waste/Documents/eps-rack-card.pdf" target="_blank" title="Expanded polystyrene packaging">Expanded polystyrene packaging</a></li><li><span id="ms-rterangecursor-start"></span><a href="/services/solid-waste/Documents/organics-disposal-ban-backgrounder.pdf" target="_blank" title="Food waste"><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end"></span>Food waste</a></li><li>Green waste</li><li>Recyclable paper</li></ul></div>
Banned hazardous and operational impact materialsBanned hazardous and operational impact materials<div class="ExternalClass45D311467E1A4CFDAF4B4A3DABE87C11"><p>These materials are hazardous to the environment or workers, or have high operational impacts. There are safe disposal options.</p><ul><li>Agricultural waste;</li><li>Asbestos;</li><li>Automobile bodies and parts; </li><li>Biomedical waste;</li><li>Containers bigger than 205 L; </li><li>Creosote-treated wood; </li><li>Dead animals; </li><li>Excrement, other than amounts of pet excrement that are double bagged and discarded with Municipal Solid Waste and that do not exceed either 5% of the total weight of the Load or 5% of the total volume of the Load;</li><li>Flammable materials; </li><li><a href="/services/solid-waste/used-gypsum-disposal-program" target="_blank" title="Used Gypsum Disposal Program">Gypsum</a>;</li><li>Hazardous waste as defined in the <em>Hazardous Waste Regulation</em>, B.C. Reg. 63/88; </li><li>Liquids and sludge;</li><li>Mattresses; </li><li>Propane tanks;</li><li>Railroad ties;</li><li>Refuse that is on fire, smouldering, flammable or explosive; </li><li>Refuse that would cause undue risk of injury or occupational disease to any person at the Disposal Site or that would otherwise contravene the <em>​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end"></span>Occupational Health and Safety Regulations</em>;</li><li>Single objects over 100 kg, 2.5 m long or 1.2 m wide;</li><li>Inert fill material including soil, sod, gravel, concrete and asphalt exceeding 0.5 cubic metres per load;</li><li>Toxic plants (Giant hogweed, Daphne/Spurge laurel, and Devil's club) - Starting July 2018;</li><li>Wire, hosing, rope & cable over 1 m;</li><li>Materials that would cause undue risk of injury or occupational disease to staff or customers (e.g. dusty or odorous loads).</li></ul>​<br></div>
Banned product stewardship materialsBanned product stewardship materials<div class="ExternalClassD144143282B847A8ABF1B45B09729761"><p>These materials have <a href="" target="_blank" title="Recycling Regulation amendments and initiatives">provincially regulated</a> recycling programs and accessible recycling options province-wide.</p><ul><li>Antifreeze and Antifreeze containers;</li><li>Batteries;</li><li>Flammable liquids and solvents;</li><li>Fluorescent lights;</li><li>Gasoline;</li><li>Pesticide products;</li><li>Pharmaceutical products and medications;</li><li>Lead acid batteries;</li><li>Oil, oil filters and oil containers;</li><li>Paint and paint containers;</li><li>Electronic and electrical products including metal household or commercial appliances as identified in <span id="ms-rterangecursor-start"></span><a href="" target="_blank" title="Recycling Regulation"><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end"></span>Schedule 3 – Electronic Products Category to <em>Recycling Regulation</em></a>;</li><li>Thermostats;</li><li>Tires.</li></ul></div>



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