Dispose of asbestos waste from your home at the Landfill

Protect yourself from asbestos exposure

Before removing materials that may contain asbestos, you should take samples and get them tested at a laboratory. Then, you will know whether to take all of the recommended precautions needed to protect yourself from asbestos exposure during removal.

Asbestos waste is only accepted for disposal at the Landfill—not at the Transfer Station—so it can get buried in a dedicated trench to stay safely undisturbed.

Hours and fees for asbestos disposal vary according to how much asbestos waste is being dropped off. Up to 10 garbage bags of asbestos waste can be disposed of during regular hours at the garbage rate. Contact the Landfill 24 hours in advance to drop off more than 10 bags of asbestos-containing material.

Where is asbestos accepted from?

 The Vancouver Landfill only accepts asbestos waste from within Metro Vancouver.

Prepare asbestos waste for disposal

 Note: If you are hired to dispose of asbestos waste for someone else, the Landfill considers your load as commercial asbestos waste and requires additional containment.

Properly contain asbestos waste for disposal using the instructions below.

Material How to contain it

Asbestos waste

  1. Double-bag in garbage bags a minimum of 0.15 mm or 6 mil thick.
  2. Label garbage bags clearly to show they contain asbestos.

Asbestos insulation or vermiculite

  1. Wet the insulation.
  2. Double-bag in garbage bags a minimum of 0.15 mm or 6 mil thick.
  3. Label garbage bags clearly to show they contain asbestos.

 Note: If insulation is wrapped around a pipe, dispose of entire pipe.

Asbestos pipe

  1. Seal broken ends in plastic.
  2. Double-bag small pieces or fragments.

 Note: Regular garbage length restrictions are waived.

Hot water tanks lined with asbestos Double-wrap or double-seal with plastic.
Drywall, mud, and joint compound made before 1990  Learn how to safely dispose of old drywall

Up to 10 garbage bags

Drop off up to 10 garbage bags of asbestos-containing material at the landfill's residential drop-off area during regular opening hours.

The regular garbage disposal rate applies when you have 1 to 10 bags of asbestos-containing material to dispose of.

More than 10 garbage bags

  1. Notify the landfill of the number of bags one day before disposing the asbestos waste. Phone 3-1-1 or fax a notice to the Landfill at 604-606-2712. This early notice lets the landfill prepare a safe burial trench for the waste.
  2. Drop off your load at the landfill between 8:00am to 2:00pm, Monday to Friday (excluding holidays).
  3. Pay the residential asbestos disposal rate and burial fee.

Test for asbestos and you may save money

Do you suspect a product contains asbestos, such as blown-in insulation or acoustic ceiling tiles, but do not have the original packaging? Get the product tested at an accredited laboratory.

Testing may save you money if you need to dispose of more than 10 bags of material. While a test costs between $25 to $100, a result showing no asbestos lets you avoid paying the burial fee.

Find an accredited laboratory at www.metrovancouverrecycles.org.

  1. Select the tab "I am a business".
  2. In Option 2 "Search by service and material", choose "Asbestos testing" and your location.
  3. Click Search.

Commercial requirements

Commercial asbestos waste

Find out how to contain any contractor-removed asbestos waste for disposal at the Vancouver Landfill, and additional documents needed for friable asbestos.

Policy and procedure

Asbestos policy

Find out about the Vancouver Landfill's asbestos disposal policy, potential sources of asbestos, and when to have products tested for asbestos.

Find the landfill

Asbestos is accepted at the landfill, but not the transfer station.

View landfill location and hours

Asbestos policy