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Vancouver Landfill and Recycling Depot

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

The Vancouver Landfill serves residential and commercial customers from Metro Vancouver for final disposal of their garbage.

The landfill also has a recycling area for residents to drop off a wide range of recyclable materials, many of which are accepted for free.

Landfill location


5400 72nd St 
Delta, BC, V4K 3N3

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Hours of operation

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

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)
Garbage requiring special handling (nuisance waste) Garbage rate or $250 / tonne if burial is needed
Used residential drywall (gypsum), delivered by resident $200 / tonne
  • Minimum fee: $15
  • Transaction fee: $5 / load (included in minimum fee)
  • Packaging requirements apply, see drywall policy
  Used drywall from businesses and contractors is not accepted
Asbestos waste, delivered by resident, 10 bags or less $200 / tonne
  • For used residential drywall see the asbestos policy for packaging requirements
  • Transaction fee: $5 / load
Asbestos waste, delivered by resident, 11 bags or more $250 / tonne, $50 minimum
  • See asbestos policy for packaging requirements
  • Transaction fee: $5 / load
Asbestos waste, commercial $250 / tonne, $50 minimum
  • See asbestos policy for notification, packaging, and documentation requirements
  • Transaction fee: $5 / load
Construction and demolition waste $90 / tonne
Wood waste (finished) $70 / tonne
  • Minimum fee: $10 (up to 140 kg)
  • Maximum accepted: 3 tonnes
  • Includes solid wood, lumber, pallets and wood with glue (plywood, particle board, oriented strand board, laminated wood)
  • Wood can be painted, stained or treated (other than with creosote)
Clean, unfinished wood waste $70 / tonne
  • Minimum fee: $10 (up to 140 kg)
  • Maximum accepted: 3 tonnes
  • Includes solid wood, lumber, or pallets that do not contain glue and have not been painted, stained, or treated
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 and 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)

$150 / tonne

  • Minimum fee: $15
  • Transaction fee: $5 / load (included in minimum fee)
  • Declaration and acknowledgement form required, see drywall policy

The complete 2017 tipping fee details are found in Solid Waste 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 for free recycling

 Antifreeze and empty antifreeze containers

​ Books  

​ Cardboard (flatten)

 Cell phones

​ Clothing

​ Cooking oil and grease (maximum 10 L per day)

 Electronics, small appliances, and power tools (maximum 5 large items)

​ Foam packaging

​ Glass bottles and jars

​ Household batteries 

​ Large appliances (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners)

​ Lead acid car and truck batteries

​ Metal containers (cans, tins, foil, empty aerosol cans excluding spray paint cans)

 Other flexible plastic packaging 

​ Paper containers (tetra-packs, coffee cups)

​ Plastic bags and overwrap

​ Plastic containers (jars, jugs, bottles)

​ Printed paper and paper packaging (newspaper, magazines, catalogues, writing paper, paper bags)

​ Propane tanks (maximum 4 disposable and 2 refillable) 

​ Scrap metal 

​ Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

​ Thermostats

 Tires (passenger or light truck with or without rims, maximum 10)

 Used oil (maximum 15 L), oil filters (maximum 3), and empty oil containers

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.

Broken televisions and computer monitors

Flammable liquids

Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes


Paint and empty paint cans


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.

Compost sales at the landfill

Vancouver Landfill composting facility

Compost soil

The Vancouver Landfill composting facility creates compost from yard trimmings for sale and donation. You may pick up compost from the landfill or arrange for delivery.

Have 100+ tonnes of clean waste concrete and asphalt?

The Vancouver Landfill is looking for clean waste concrete and asphalt for our road upgrades. 

If your materials meet the requirements, you could dispose of them for free and save on landfill disposal charges. 

Facts and figures

Get the facts on the City of Vancouver's solid waste management efforts, and the Vancouver Landfill.

Annual reports

Annual reports: Vancouver Landfill, Waste Management and Resource Recovery