Vancouver South Transfer Station

The Vancouver South Transfer Station is for commercial and residential customers to dispose of garbage, and to drop off select recyclable materials.

Facility improvements in progress

We are making improvements to the Vancouver South Transfer Station from November 2016 until August 2017. 

What to expect during construction

Construction takes place from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday, with occasional work on weekends as required.

The bypass lane is closed to all vehicles for the first two months of construction. During this time, all vehicles must exit through the outbound scales – some delays are expected. 

Transfer Station location

 Caution: You must enter from the east. Left turns are not permitted by vehicles arriving from the west.

Address

377 West Kent Avenue North
Vancouver, BC, V5X 2X1

Hours of operation

Days Hours
Monday to Friday 5:30am to 7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 8:00am to 6:00pm
Christmas Day and New Year's Day Closed
All other statutory holidays unless otherwise noted 6:00am to 4:00pm

Materials accepted and fees

Material Rate Details
Garbage, up to 1 tonne $133 / tonne
  • Minimum fee: up to 150 kg $25 weekdays, 10:00am – 2:00pm excluding statutory holidays starting in 2017; up to 70 kg $15 all other days and times.
  • Transaction fee: $5 / load (included in minimum and maximum fees)
Garbage, 1 to 9 tonnes $112 / tonne
  • Maximum fee: $725
  • Transaction fee: $5 / load (included in maximum fee)
Garbage, 9 tonnes or more $80 / tonne
  • Transaction fee: $5 / load (included in maximum fee)
Treated or finished wood waste See garbage rates
  • Disposal as garbage
  • Includes solid wood, lumber and pallets that have been painted, stained, or treated (other than with creosote), and laminated wood.
Yard trimmings and unfinished wood waste $67 / tonne
Food scraps $67 / tonne
  • Minimum fee: $6 (up to 90 kg)
  • Maximum accepted: 150 kg
Mattresses $15 / piece
New drywall (gypsum)

Free with paid load

$10 without a paid load

  • Maximum accepted: 1/2 sheet or 4' x 4'
  • Transaction fee: $5 / load (included in $10 without paid load)
  • Declaration and acknowledgement form required, see drywall policy
Electronics, small appliances, power tools Weight counts toward disposal fee
  • Maximum accepted: 5 items
  • Accepted with paid load only

The complete 2017 tipping fee details are found in the Solid Wast Bylaw No. 8417.

How your total fee is calculated

We take the following steps to calculate your disposal fee:

  1. When you arrive, staff ask what items you are dropping off and weigh your vehicle.
  2. You dispose of your items.
  3. Staff weigh your vehicle again, and calculate the weight of the disposed items based on the difference.
  4. You pay your fees before leaving.

Materials accepted at other locations

The following materials are not accepted here. They are included in take-back programs and accepted at designated drop-off locations. Use the Waste Wizard to find drop-off locations.

 Antifreeze and empty antifreeze containers

Broken televisions and computer monitors

Flammable liquids

Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes

Medications

Paint and empty paint cans

Pesticides

Tires

Used oil, oil filters, and empty oil containers

Surcharges for banned materials and unsecured loads

You will pay a surcharge if your garbage load contains banned materials that have not been separated for recycling or proper disposal, or if your load is not secured using tarps or ropes to prevent litter.

Surcharge level Applies to
$65 minimum Garbage loads containing one or more banned hazardous and operational impact or banned product stewardship program materials
50% surcharge

Garbage loads containing banned recyclable materials as follows:

  • 5% or more by weight or volume of one or a combination of cardboard, printed paper, glass bottles and jars, plastic and metal containers, and yard and garden trimmings
  • 10% or more by weight or volume of clean wood waste (decreases to 5% on July 1, 2017)
  • 25% or more by weight or volume of food waste (decreases to 5% on July 1, 2017)
50% surcharge All unsecured loads

Payment options

We accept payment by cash, debit card, cheque, and credit card.

There are conditions when paying with a cheque or credit card, and when dropping items off using a rental vehicle.

Cheques

Credit card

Rental, out-of-town, and dealer plate vehicles

Sort your load before drop-off to avoid extra fees

If you have a mixed load of items, you may:

  • Weigh in, then drop off one item type at a time, and loop back to the weigh scales after each item is dropped off and fees will be based on each item type
  • Weigh all items at once and dispose of everything at the garbage rate

We encourage you to sort your load before drop-off to ensure you do not have to pay additional fees.