Vancouver South Transfer Station

Recycling yard waste in the False Creek area? There is a temporary transfer station to prevent spread of Japanese beetle. 

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

Wood products with glue

Wood products with glue (such as plywood, particle board, and oriented strand board) are no longer accepted for recycling, and must be separated from clean wood waste for disposal as garbage.

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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 Ave North
Vancouver, V5X 2X1

Hours of operation

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

 Visit the Vancouver Zero Waste Centre (formerly the Recycling Depot) at 8588 Yukon St, to drop off a wide range of materials for reuse and recycling, free of charge.

Materials accepted and fees

Material Rate Details
Garbage, up to 1 tonne $137 / tonne
  • Minimum fee: up to 150 kg $25 weekdays, 10am – 2pm excluding statutory holidays (weekday holidays in lieu are subject to regular fees); up to 70 kg $15 all other days and times
  • Maximum fee: $120 (for 840 kg and above)
  • Transaction fee: $5 / load (included in minimum and maximum fees)
Garbage, 1 to 9 tonnes $115 / tonne
  • Maximum fee: $725 (for 6.42 tonnes and above)
  • Transaction fee: $5 / load (included in maximum fee)
Garbage, 9 tonnes or more $82 / tonne
  • Transaction fee: $5 / load (included in maximum fee)
Wood waste (finished) See garbage rates
  • Disposal as garbage
  • Includes wood that has been painted, stained, or treated (other than with creosote)
  • Includes wood with glue (plywood, particle board, oriented strand board), whether finished or not.
Clean wood waste (unfinished) $70 / tonne
  • Does not include solid wood, lumber, or pallets that have been painted, stained, or treated
  • Does not include wood with glue (plywood, particle board, oriented strand board, laminated wood)
Yard trimmings $70 / tonne
  • Minimum fee: $10 (up to 140 kg)
  • Includes grass, leaves, and branches (up to 45cm diameter and 2.6m long)
  • Materials accepted

 Sod, soil, and plastic bags (even those labelled "biodegradable" or "compostable") are not accepted as yard trimmings

Food scraps $70 / tonne
  • Minimum fee: $10 (up to 140 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, yard and garden trimmings, clean wood waste, and food waste
50% surcharge All unsecured loads
100% surcharge Garbage loads containing over 20% expanded polystyrene packaging, starting July 1, 2018

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 must be from a bank in the province of British Columbia, and meet the following conditions:

  • The name and address on your cheque must be the same as on your driver's license – cheques with a handwritten or rubber-stamped address are not accepted.
  • If you do not have your driver’s licence with you, or your passenger is paying, two pieces of identification, including a credit card, are required.
  • Company cheques require a pre-printed company name, address, telephone number, and bank account information and you must show a valid driver's license as identification.

When paying with a personal credit card:

  • The card must be in your name
  • You must show your driver’s license as identification

When paying with a company credit card, the signature on the card must match the signature on your driver's license unless:

  • The company name on the card matches a company logo on the vehicle used for drop-off
  • The company name on the card matches the name on the vehicle registration

If you are using a rental vehicle, out-of-town vehicle, or a vehicle with a dealer plate to drop off items:

  • A deposit is required on entry to the facility
  • The deposit amount is determined by the weighmaster based on the estimated cost of the load
  • Deposit and fees must be paid by cash, debit, or credit card

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.