Banned and Prohibited Materials
There are certain materials that Metro Vancouver disposal facilities do not accept, either because there are already disposal programs set up for these items, or because they are hazardous to waste collection workers, the public and the environment.
At disposal sites, garbage loads are inspected for banned and prohibited materials. Loads that arrive at the disposal sites containing prohibited materials are assessed a $50 minimum surcharge, plus the cost of removal, clean-up or remediation. Loads containing banned materials are assessed a 50% tipping fee surcharge.
Following are examples of materials that are banned or prohibited from the landfill. For a complete list visit Banned and Prohibited Materials. For drop-off locations visit Recycling and Disposal Options or call 604-732-9253.
- Corrugated cardboard
- Recyclable paper
- Containers made of glass, metal or banned recyclable plastic code 1, 2, 4, 5
- Beverage containers
- Food scraps
Examples of banned/prohibited materials that can be recycled at the City's Recycling Depot:
- Fluorescent lights
- Paints, solvents and flammable liquids
- Metal household appliances
- Motor oil and antifreeze - including empty containers and filters
- White expanded polystyrene packaging (block Styrofoam)
- Smoke alarms
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