Prepare commercial asbestos waste for disposal

Protect yourself from asbestos exposure

Before removing materials that may contain asbestos, you should take samples and get them tested at a laboratory. Then, you will know whether to take all of the recommended precautions needed to protect yourself from asbestos exposure during removal.

Asbestos waste is considered "commercial" when it is delivered to the Landfill by someone other than a homeowner, such as an individual or company that receives compensation for its removal.

While commercial asbestos waste is primarily prepared and contained the same way as residential asbestos waste, commercial asbestos waste must be double-bagged and labelled in order to be disposed of at the Landfill.

The minimum bag thickness is 0.15 mm or 6 mil. The maximum container size accepted for a single load of commercial asbestos is 30 cubic metres (40 cubic yards).

Where is asbestos accepted from?

 The Vancouver Landfill only accepts asbestos waste from within Metro Vancouver.

Friable asbestos requires a hazardous waste movement manifest

Friable asbestos is usually found in blown-in insulation, pipe coverings, and acoustic ceiling tiles. A hazardous waste movement manifest tracks the shipment of hazardous waste, such as friable asbestos. Pay for the manifest at FrontCounter BC in Surrey.

Starting September 1, 2016, all friable and non-friable loads will require a hazardous waste movement document or manifest.

Contact FrontCounter BC at 604-586-4400, or visit the BC Ministry Environment website for more information.

Requirements for loads of friable asbestos heavier than 1,000 kg

Loads of friable asbestos heavier than 1,000 kg, also require:

  • A Cosigner Generator Identification number available from the BC Ministry of Environment by calling 604-582-5200
  • A placard showing that the vehicle transporting the asbestos contains hazardous waste

Drop off your asbestos at the landfill

Commercial asbestos drop-offs are accepted for a fee from Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 2:00pm, excluding holidays.

View the fees and location to dispose of commercial asbestos waste

Notify us 24 hours in advance

Let us know the day before you come to drop off your commercial asbestos waste. Otherwise, there may not be enough room in the dedicated trench for your asbestos burial and you may be turned away.

Send a fax to 604-606-2712 on company letterhead with the following information:

  • Date of disposal
  • Size of vehicle
  • Number of loads
  • Whether the asbestos-containing material is friable or non-friable
  • Contact name and phone number

Need to cancel your drop-off?

Please fax us before 11:00am on the day of your drop-off, or you may be subject to a surcharge.

All rates will be rounded up to the nearest dollar. Tax is not charged on fees and rates.

Residential requirements

Residential asbestos waste

Find out how to prepare and dispose of residential asbestos waste at the Vancouver Landfill in Delta.

Policy and procedure

Asbestos policy

Find out about the Vancouver Landfill's asbestos disposal policy, potential sources of asbestos, and when to have products tested for asbestos.

Find the landfill

Asbestos is accepted at the landfill, but not the transfer station.

View landfill location and hours

Drywall that contains asbestos

Drywall

Dispose of drywall at the transfer station or landfill. Know what drywall types we accept and get information on drywall with asbestos.