Anyone attempting to separate mud from drywall is at high risk of being exposed to asbestos.
New drywall (also called gypsum) is accepted for recycling at the Vancouver South Transfer Station and Vancouver Landfill. New drywall includes unfinished cuts of drywall without tape, mud, paint, or texture coating from new construction and was never installed (also called "cut offs").
Customers with new drywall must complete and sign the Declaration and Acknowledgment (42 KB), which is also available from the Transfer Station and Landfill weigh scales. The new drywall must be loose (not in bags) and available for staff to inspect.
For more information on new drywall limits, fees, and delivery requirements, read the Drywall Recycling Policy (172 KB, updated November 10, 2016).
Used residential drywall is accepted for disposal at the Vancouver Landfill from residents that have removed the drywall from their homes and transported it to the Landfill. It does not need to be tested for asbestos.
Used residential drywall must be double bagged in 6 mil thick poly (plastic) bags and the bags labelled "drywall". Labels are also available at the Landfill weigh scales for free. A maximum of 10 bags will be accepted per day, up to 5 times per year.
Used drywall from contractors and businesses is not accepted.
For more information on used residential drywall limits, fees, and delivery requirements, read the Drywall Recycling Policy (172 KB, updated November 10, 2016).
Drywall installed before 1990 may contain asbestos.
Learn about the risks from and proper handling of potentially asbestos-containing material from these resources:
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