Disposal of plant and soil material from the Japanese beetle regulated area

To reduce the risk of spreading the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has implemented movement control measures to limit the removal of plants with soil attached out of the Vancouver regulated area.

2024 movement control restrictions

Under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) guidelines, plants with soil or soil-related matter attached require a movement certificate year-round to leave the Japanese beetle regulated area.

Soil alone and above-ground plants and plant parts are not regulated and do not require a movement certificate to leave the regulated area. 

How to dispose of green waste from regulated area

Have questions?

Send questions to us about the treatment plan for public land using our online form.

View all other topics below to see which organization to contact.

  • Identify regulated area
  • Restrict plant, soil, and landscape waste movement
  • Permits for moving restricted waste
  • Place traps for beetles
  • Intake reported beetle sightings

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)


Phone: 604-292-5742

  • Eradication effort
  • Decision to eradicate invasive beetle
  • Treatment product being used

BC Ministry of Agriculture

  • Beetle education and awareness

Invasive Species Council of BC

Phone: 1-888-933-3722