Vancouver Landfill and Recycling Depot

The Vancouver Landfill Open House is suspended until midyear 2024. Check back for updates in early 2024.

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 6pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am to 6pm
Christmas Day, New Year's Day Closed
All other statutory holidays unless otherwise noted 8am to 6pm

Free disposal program discontinued

To better align with our vision to become a zero waste community by 2040, we have permanently discontinued our free disposal program in the spring and fall at the Vancouver Landfill.

Look for opportunities to reduce your waste by reusing, sharing, repairing, and recycling materials. Learn more at Zero Waste.

Materials accepted and fees

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

Recycling drop-off at landfill is for residential customers only.

 NEW: Aerosol paint and empty containers

Antifreeze and empty antifreeze containers


Cardboard (flatten)

Cell phones

 Clothing and textiles, including reusable bags (items must be clean and dry)

Cooking oil and grease (maximum 10 L per day)

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

 NEW: Flammable liquids

Foam packaging (Styrofoam) - no foam peanuts

Glass bottles and jars

Household batteries 

Large appliances (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners)

Lawnmowers - electric, battery, or gas-powered (drain gasoline and oil before recycling)

Lead acid car and truck batteries

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

Other flexible plastic packaging 

 NEW: Paint and empty paint cans 

Paper containers (tetra-packs, coffee cups)

 NEW: Pesticides 

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


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

Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes


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. 

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

$69 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.

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.

Photography and filming

Professional photographers and filmmakers please contact the Film and Special Events Office.

Media outlets please contact

Note Members of the public and hobby photographers, for safety and capacity reasons, are not allowed to access the landfill site for photography or filming.

Educational tours of the Vancouver Landfill and Recycling Depot

Vancouver Landfill and Transfer Station tours are suspended until Fall 2023. Information regarding potential Spring 2024 tour offerings will be posted here in February 2024.

For more information or to request a class tour, visit Metro Vancouver's Landfill tour webpage .

Compost sales at the landfill

Compost soil

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

Facts and figures

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

Annual reports