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. 

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 
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 customer
  • 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 
Paper containers 
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
  • Learn more under 'Plastic packaging' 
Printed paper and paper packaging 
Propane tanks 
  • Maximum 4 disposable and 2 refillable tanks accepted per day, per customer 
  • 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 
  • Learn more under 'Foam' 
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.

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 customer 
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
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 customer
  • 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
Paper containers
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
  • Learn more under 'Plastic packaging'
Printed paper and paper packaging
Propane tanks
  • Maximum 4 disposable and 2 refillable tanks accepted per day, per customer
  • 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
  • Learn more under 'Foam'
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: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:25:46

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