Asbestos disposal policy
The Vancouver Landfill in Delta accepts asbestos waste, except for drywall containing asbestos, from municipalities within Metro Vancouver. The Transfer Station does not accept asbestos waste of any kind.
Asbestos-containing material must be prepared according to the City of Vancouver's asbestos disposal policy.
- Read the full asbestos policy (38 kb)
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibre that is strong and resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals. It is contained in more than 3,000 building materials made before 1990. It is a known carcinogen (cancer-causing agent).
In accordance with WorkSafeBC's Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, an "asbestos-containing material" is a material that contains asbestos fibres totalling 0.5% or more by weight at the time of manufacture, or at any time as determined by specialized laboratory analysis. This amount includes both friable and non-friable materials.
"Friable" materials can be crumbled by hand pressure and can more easily release asbestos fibres into the air if they are damaged or disturbed. "Non-friable" materials can bind or lock asbestos fibres so that they are not easily released.
All asbestos-containing materials must be handled with care during disposal.
Potential sources of asbestos
Materials that may be a source of asbestos include heat and noise insulation, fire-resistant materials, and cements and plasters.
Products that may contain asbestos include:
- Vermiculite insulation
- Blown-in insulation
- Acoustic ceiling tiles
If you want to dispose of any of these three products as regular garbage, you must have the original packaging that shows your materials do not contain asbestos, or have a certificate of analysis from an accredited laboratory from the past 30 days that show the material does not contain asbestos.
Test for asbestos
If you suspect a product contains asbestos (especially if you have blown-in insulation or acoustic ceiling tiles), but do not have the original packaging, have the product tested at an accredited laboratory, and get a certficiate of analysis.
Find an accredited laboratory at www.metrovancouverrecycles.org.
- Select the tab "I am a business".
- In Option 2 "Search by service and material", choose "Asbestos testing" and your location.
- Click Search.
Why test for asbestos
Asbestos testing is relatively inexpensive and can save you money at the Landfill. Each test costs between $25 to $100, depending on how soon you want the results. If the laboratory finds that your material does not contain asbestos, you have proof that you can dispose of the material as garbage. The rate for garbage disposal is significantly cheaper than the rate for asbestos burial.
Certificate of analysis
Your certificate of analysis must be from an accredited laboratory, be from within the past 30 days, and include a minimum of the following information:
- Contact information
- Analyst name
- Client name
- Sample ID
- Asbestos type
- Asbestos amount
- Analytical method
If the analysis shows that the product does not contain asbestos, prepare and dispose of it as garbage at the landfill within 30 days of the test. Bring the results with you to the landfill.
If the test shows that the product does contain asbestos, prepare it accordingly. Burial charges will apply, in addition to disposal fees.
Fees and drop off hours
The preparations, fees, and times you can drop off asbestos vary depending on whether you are dropping off residential or commercial asbestos waste.