Residential recycling at the Transfer Station and Landfill

Many items from home can be recycled and are banned from disposal as "garbage".

The Vancouver South Transfer Station and Vancouver Landfill in Delta are two of many local depots that accept recyclable items.

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Accepted at the Transfer Station

Recyclables accepted for free at the Transfer Station Recycling Depot

Item Details and limits
Batteries
  • Single use rechargeable and non-rechargeable household batteries, under 5 kg (11 lbs) each
Beverage containers with deposits
  • No refund provided – for a refund, return to a bottle depot or point of sale
Books
  • Hard and soft cover books accepted for donation to Discovery Books
Cardboard
  • Cardboard, cardboard boxes, rolls and trays, corrugated cardboard boxes, and molded boxboard packaging
Cell phones (including batteries)
Glass bottles and jars

Large appliances

  • Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, hot water heaters, washers, dryers, dishwashers, and stoves / ovens
  • Maximum 3 per day, per vehicle
  • Freezers containing spoiled food (e.g. due to power outage) must be emptied of contents and recycled
  • Plastic appliances not recyclable and must be disposed of as garbage
Lead acid batteries
Metal containers
  • Aerosol cans and caps, aluminum foil and food containers, food cans / tins and lids
Paper containers
  • Frozen ice cream, frozen yogurt, and dessert boxes, gable-top paper cartons, paper beverage cups and lids, microwavable food bowls, cups, and lids
Plastic bags and overwrap
Plastic containers
  • Plastic bottles, clamshells, garden pots and trays, jugs, jars and lids, pails (less than 25 L), trays and tops, tubs and lids
  • Plastic furniture and children's toys not accepted
Printed paper and paper packaging
  • Newspapers, inserts, flyers, magazines and catalogues, phone book, paper and envelopes, paper wrap
Propane tanks
  • Maximum 4 disposable and 2 refillable tanks accepted per day, per vehicle
  • Other compressed gas cylinders not accepted
Scrap metal

Includes:

  • Wheelbarrows, tools, lawn mowers (fluids must be drained), BBQs
  • Gutters, siding, roof flashing without adhesive, sheds
  • Hubcaps, motor / engine with oil drained
  • Boilers / hot water tank (must not include tape or insulation with asbestos)
  • Sinks, shelving, window frames, doors, door frames, fixtures
  • Bed frames, tables, chairs, garbage cans, trays, hangers, vacuum cleaner if more than 50% metal (otherwise garbage)
  • Bike frames and sporting equipment, scuba diving tank with valve removed

Empty paint cans not accepted for recycling as scrap metal

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms / detectors
Styrofoam
  • Foam cushion and food packaging
  • Foam peanuts, packaging chips or noodles, or blue or pink foam board insulation not accepted
Thermostats
  • Mercury containing and electronic thermostats that are intact or broken
  • If a vial containing mercury is broken, double bag it to prevent contaminating anything else

Recyclables accepted for a fee at the Transfer Station

Proceed to weigh scales on arrival. View the fees.

Item Details and limits
Clean wood waste
  • Solid wood, lumber, and pallets that are unpainted, unstained, free of glue, and untreated
  • Wood may be pierced with nails or other metal fasteners like screws or staples
  • Painted and treated wood not accepted
Drywall (also called gypsum and plasterboard)
  • Maximum ½ sheet (4' x 4'), weight counts towards disposal rate when disposed of with a paid load, or $5 without a paid load
  • Asbestos drywall (drywall joint compound) not accepted – must be managed by a hazardous waste company
  • Pre-1990 drywall must be accompanied by laboratory results to confirm it does not contain asbestos (required by recycler)
  • Learn how to prepare drywall for recycling
Electronics, small appliances, and power tools
Mattresses, box springs, futons, and foam mattresses
Yard and garden trimmings
  • Includes Christmas trees, tree stumps
  • Maximum diameter 45 cm (18"), maximum length of 2.6 m (8')
  • Turf/sod not accepted

Not accepted at the Transfer Station

Return to a Take Back location

Item Where to take it
Antifreeze and empty containers Find a collection facility with the BC Used Oil Management Association
Broken televisions and computer monitors Find a Return-It electronics recycling depot
Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes Find a disposal depot with LightRecycle
Paint and empty paint cans (including aerosol), flammable liquids, gasoline, and pesticides Find a disposal depot with Product Care
Prescription drugs, vitamins, and supplements Return to your pharmacy
Tires See Tire Stewardship BC
Used motor oil, empty containers, and oil filters Find a collection facility with the BC Used Oil Management Association

Accepted at the Landfill

Recyclables accepted for free at the Landfill

Proceed to weigh scales on arrival.

Item Details and limits
Antifreeze and empty antifreeze containers
  • Maximum 15 L (4 gallons) of antifreeze per day, per vehicle
Batteries
  • Single use rechargeable and non-rechargeable household batteries, under 5 kg (11 lbs)
Beverage containers with deposits
  • No refund provided – for a refund, return to a bottle depot or point of sale
Books
  • Hard and soft cover books accepted for donation to Discovery Books
Cardboard
  • Cardboard, cardboard boxes, rolls and trays, corrugated cardboard boxes, and molded boxboard packaging
Cell phones (including batteries)
Electronics, small appliances, and power tools
Glass bottles and jars

 

Large appliances
  • Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, hot water heaters, washers, dryers, dishwashers, and stoves / ovens
  • Maximum 3 per day, per vehicle
  • Freezers containing spoiled food (e.g. due to power outage) must be emptied of contents and recycled
  • Plastic appliances not recyclable and must be disposed of as garbage
Lead acid car and truck batteries
Metal containers
  • Aerosol cans and caps, aluminum foil and food containers, food cans / tins and lids
Paper containers
  • Frozen ice cream, frozen yogurt, and dessert boxes, gable-top paper cartons, paper beverage cups and lids, microwavable food bowls, cups, and lids
Plastic bags and overwrap

 

Plastic containers
  • Plastic bottles, clamshells, garden pots and trays, jugs, jars and lids, pails (less than 25 L), trays and tops, tubs and lids
  • Plastic furniture and children's toys not accepted
Printed paper and paper packaging
  • Newspapers, inserts, flyers, magazines and catalogues, phone book, paper and envelopes, paper wrap
Propane tanks
  • Maximum 4 disposable and 2 refillable tanks accepted per day, per vehicle
  • Other compressed gas cylinders not accepted
Scrap metal

Includes:

  • Wheelbarrows, tools, lawn mowers (fluids must be drained), BBQs
  • Gutters, siding, roof flashing without adhesive, sheds
  • Hubcaps, motor / engine with oil drained
  • Boilers / hot water tank (must not include tape or insulation with asbestos)
  • Sinks, shelving, window frames, doors, door frames, fixtures
  • Bed frames, tables, chairs, garbage cans, trays, hangers, vacuum cleaner if more than 50% metal (otherwise garbage)
  • Bike frames and sporting equipment, scuba diving tank with valve removed

Empty paint cans not accepted for recycling as scrap metal

Small appliances and power tools
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms / detectors
Styrofoam
  • Foam cushion and food packaging
  • Foam peanuts, packaging chips or noodles, or blue or pink foam board insulation not accepted
Thermostats
  • Mercury containing and electronic thermostats that are intact or broken
  • If a vial containing mercury is broken, double bag it to prevent contaminating anything else
Tires
  • Passenger or truck with or without rims
  • Maximum 10
Used oil, oil filters, and empty oil containers
  • Used oil maximum: 15 L; oil filters maximum 3

Recyclables accepted for a fee at the Landfill

Item Details and limits
Drywall (also called gypsum and plasterboard)
  • Maximum 1 level pick-up truck load
  • Asbestos drywall (drywall joint compound) not accepted – must be managed by a hazardous waste company
  • Pre-1990 drywall must be accompanied by laboratory results to confirm it does not contain asbestos (required by recycler)
  • Learn how to prepare drywall for recycling
Mattresses, box springs, futons, and foam mattresses
Wood waste
  • Includes treated wood that has been painted, stained, or treated, or with a laminate surface
  • Remove metal fixtures larger than 5 cm (2") to recycle as metal or dispose of as garbage
  • Lead-painted wood accepted as garbage in residential quantities
  • Lead-painted wood in commercial quantities must be tested for lead leachability before it can be accepted as garbage
  • Creosote-treated wood not accepted for recycling or as garbage
Yard and garden trimmings
  • Includes Christmas trees, tree stumps
  • Maximum diameter 45 cm (18"), maximum length of 2.6 m (8')
  • Turf/sod not accepted

Not accepted at the Landfill

Return to a Take Back location

Item Where to take it
Broken televisions and computer monitors Find a Return-It electronics recycling depot
Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes Find a disposal depot with LightRecycle
Paint and empty paint cans (including aerosol), flammable liquids, gasoline, and pesticides Find a disposal depot with Product Care
Prescription drugs, vitamins, and supplements Return to your pharmacy

Banned from disposal as garbage at the Transfer Station and Landfill

  • Automobile bodies
  • Barrels, drums, pails, and other liquid containers
  • Coated or uncoated wire and cable
  • Dead animals
  • Drywall containing asbestos
  • Excrement
  • Hazardous waste, excluding asbestos waste delivered to the Landfill according to the Asbestos Policy
  • Liquids and sludge
  • Recyclables accepted at the Transfer Station or Landfill for free or a fee, excluding styrofoam and plastic bags
  • Recyclables accepted in provincial Take Back programs
  • Materials that are on fire, smoldering, flammable, or explosive
  • Any material deemed unacceptable by the City Engineer
  • Any material that would cause undue risk of injury or occupational disease to any person at the Transfer Station or Landfill

Last modified: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:14:03

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