Is it really garbage?

Many items can be recycled and do not need to go to the Landfill as "garbage". Recycling plays an important role in the City's efforts to make Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020. The Landfill and Transfer Station are two of many local depots that take recyclable items not included in the residential recycling collection program.

 Note: If you have large quantities of recyclable items that City normally picks up, drop them off at the Transfer Station for free.

Use the list below to see how to dispose of different items or materials.

Item Where to take it For your information

Antifreeze

Find a collection facility with the BC Used Oil Management Association

For commercial quantities:

Appliances

Asbestos

Vancouver Landfill

Preparation and fees differ for residential and commercial asbestos waste.

Asbestos waste is not accepted at the Transfer Station.

Asphalt

Landfill or Transfer Station

 

For less than 0.5 m³, drop off at the Landfill or Transfer Station. Larger amounts are only accepted at the Landfill.

Auto parts

Landfill or Transfer Station
(free to recycle)

 

Barrels or drums
(full or empty)

Find a recycling depot with Metro Vancouver Recycles 

For commercial quantities:

Batteries

  • Single use and rechargeable household batteries
  • Lead acid vehicle batteries

Landfill or Transfer Station
(free to recycle)

Or find a business with Call2Recycle 

Only residential quantities are accepted

For commercial quantities:

Item Where to take it For your information

Cell phones
(including their batteries)

Landfill or Transfer Station
(free to recycle)

Or find a business with Call2Recycle 

Only residential quantities are accepted

For commercial quantities:

Concrete

Landfill or Transfer Station

 

For less than 0.5 m³, drop off at the Landfill or Transfer Station. Larger amounts are only accepted at the Landfill.

Construction and demolition waste

Landfill or Transfer Station

See the accepted types of construction waste

Dead wildlife
(located within the City of Vancouver)

Phone 3-1-1

 

Drywall
(also called gypsum and plasterboard)

Landfill or Transfer Station

Learn how to prepare drywall for recycling

Electronics
(including electronic toys)

Return-It electronics recycling depot

  • Return-It depots accept a variety of electronics, including electronic musical instruments
  • CBRSC depots accept electronic toys 

Explosive materials

 

Vancouver Police Department

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Flammable liquids

Find a disposal depot with Product Care 

Light bulbs, fixtures, ballasts, etc

Find a disposal depot with LightRecycle 

 

Fluorescent lights are not accepted at the Landfill or Transfer Station

For commercial quantities:

Item Where to take it For your information

Lumber
(shorter than 2.5 m)

Landfill or Transfer Station

Only residential quantities are accepted

Mattresses,
box springs,
and futons

Landfill or Transfer Station

Mattresses with budbugs require special wrapping

Medications

Metal

  • Appliances such as fridges, freezers, air conditioners, hot water heaters, washers, dryers, and dishwashers
  • Scrap metal

Landfill or Transfer Station
(free to recycle)

  • Up to three appliances can be recycled per day per customer
  • Plastic appliances are not recyclable and must be disposed of as garbage

For commercial quantities:

Motor oil

Find a collection facility with the BC Used Oil Management Association 

For commercial quantities:

Oil containers and
oil filters

Vancouver Landfill
(free to recycle)

Find a collection facility with the BC Used Oil Management Association 

Up to 15 L of oil are accepted at the Landfill

For commercial quantities:

Outdoor power equipment
(for garden and yard care)

Find a disposal depot with Outdoor Power Equipment Institute of Canada 

Accepted products include electric and fuel-powered mowers, snow throwing equipment and gardening tools

Paint
(including empty paint cans)

Find a disposal depot with Product Care 

For commercial quantities, see Product Care - Trade Painters 

Pesticides

Find a disposal depot:

Plastic bags and plastic wrap

  • Grocery, food item, dry cleaning, and newspaper bags (clear or opaque)
  • Bulk paper product, and soft drink and can flat outer wrap
  • Ice salt and garden product bags
  • Diaper and hygiene product outer bags
  • Mattress, furniture, and electronics overwrap

Landfill or Transfer Station
(free to recycle)

Only residential quantities are accepted

Not accepted:

  • Biodegradeable plastic bags
  • Bubble wrap packaging
  • Crinkly cellophane wrap (flowers)
  • Laminated plastic film
  • Lumber and construction wrap
  • Shrink wrap for food
  • Snack food packaging (chip bags)
  • Zipper-lock bags
Power tools

Find a disposal depot with Electro Recycle 

Prescription drugs Return to your pharmacy

Propane tanks

Landfill or Transfer Station (recycled for free)

 

For commercial quantities:

Item Where to take it For your information

Small appliances
(electric toothbrushes to treadmills)

Find a disposal depot with Electro Recycle 

 

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors

Find a disposal depot with Product Care 

Soil
(including sod)

Landfill or Transfer Station

For less than 0.5 m³, drop off at the Landfill or Transfer Station. Larger amounts are only accepted at the Landfill.

Styrofoam

  • Clean meat trays
  • Foam egg cartons
  • Take-out food foam clamshell containers, cups, and bowls
  • Packaging for electronics and appliances

Landfill or Transfer Station
(free to recycle) 

Only residential quantities are accepted

Not accepted:

  • Foam insulation
  • Foam peanuts, packing chips, and noodles
  • Liquid absorbing pads
  • Shrink wrap

Thermostats

Landfill or Transfer Station
(free to recycle)

Or find a SwitchThe'Stat location  (also free)

Only residential quantities are accepted

For commercial quantities:

 

Tires

Vancouver Landfill (free to recycle)

  • Passenger or light truck tires, with or without rims, are accepted
  • Maximum 10 tires per trip
  • Tires are not accepted at the Transfer Station
  • See Tire Stewardship BC

For commercial quantities:

Trees and plant remains

Landfill or Transfer Station

See the accepted types of
yard waste

Wood

  • Clean
  • Painted
  • Stained
  • Laminated
  • Treated (except with creosote)

Landfill or Transfer Station

See the accepted types of
wood waste

Wood

  • Treated with creosote

Accepted at the Ecowaste Landfill in Richmond 

Ask. Tell. Connect.

Phone 3-1-1 to ask, tell, and connect with the City

Outside Vancouver:
604-873-7000

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More ways to contact us

Find disposal alternatives

Search by item or location on the Metro Vancouver Recycles website to find out where you can dispose of things.

Search Metro Vancouver Recycles

Did you know?

Hazardous waste and banned materials can not be disposed of as "garbage" at Vancouver's Landfill or Transfer Station.

This includes asbestos, PCBs, restaurant grease and oil, marine flares, and pesticides.

Hazardous waste can either be recyled or disposed of:

  • At the landfill if they have been prepared according to the landfill's policies
  • With an alternative or take-back recycling program
Learn more about waste needing special handling

Other recycling programs

Did you know that there are recycling programs run by both companies and non-profit organizations that can help you recycle items that the City does not collect?

These programs are called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Programs. The City of Vancouver advocates for EPR programs.

Learn more

Last modified: Tue, 27 May 2014 15:08:12

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