Vancouver Landfill and Recycling Depot

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update: recycling and disposal facilities

June 15, 2020:

Help ensure health, safety, and continued operations:

  • Visit our facilities ONLY if absolutely necessary; if you are unwell stay home
  • If you visit our facilities, wash your hands before and after your visit and keep 2 m (6 ft) away from staff and other guests
  • Defer spring cleaning to help prevent overloading residential waste collection and depot facilities  
  • Follow disposal guidelines for garbage and organic waste
  • Store bulky and recyclable items at home until the pandemic is over

Changes at our facilities:

  • Access is restricted to respect physical distancing so expect delays
  • Walk-ins not permitted (vehicles only)
  • Debit and credit payment only (cash/cheques not accepted) 
  • Suspended/cancelled:  
    • Clothing and textiles drop-off
    • NEW drywall drop-off (USED drywall still accepted at Vancouver Landfill)
    • Landfill open house
    • Landfill tours
  • Compost is available for sale at the Vancouver Landfill
    • You must bring your own shovel and use one of the stations set up for self collection
    • Staff can help load customers who have trucks and trailers

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

Materials accepted and fees

Material Rate Details
Garbage, up to 1 tonne $147 / 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: $125 (for 850 kg and above)
  • Transaction fee: $5 / load (included in minimum and maximum fees)
Garbage, 1 to 9 tonnes $125 / tonne
  • Maximum fee: $891 (for 7.128 tonnes and above)
  • Transaction fee: $5 / load (included in maximum fee)
Garbage, 9 tonnes or more $99 / 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)
  • Maximum accepted: 10 bags per day, 5 days per year
  • 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
  • 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 notification and 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

 Used drywall with asbestos is not accepted from businesses or contractors.

Construction and demolition waste $90 / tonne

 Soil from businesses and contractors is not accepted for disposal.

Wood waste (finished) $80 / tonne
  • Minimum fee: $10 (up to 130 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 $80 / tonne
  • Minimum fee: $10 (up to 130 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 $80 / tonne
  • Minimum fee: $10 (up to 130 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 $10
  • For up to 130 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
Compost for purchase $8 / cubic meter
  • Minimum fee: $5

The complete 2017 tipping fee details are found in Solid Waste By-law 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

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

 Antifreeze and empty antifreeze containers

​ Books  

​ Cardboard (flatten)

 Cell phones

Clothing - not accepted at this time

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

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

 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 

​ 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


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 $3 / tonne. 

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.

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

Tours are available for grade 4 to 12 classes. For more information or to request a class tour, visit Metro Vancouver's Landfill tour webpage External website.

Educational tours for other school and special interest groups may be requested by email to

Let us know the size of your group and how you anticipate the tour will benefit the group.

Other things to consider:

  • Visitors are required to provide a single vehicle that can accommodate all visitors plus the tour guide
  • Tours may be requested for Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 2pm
  • Requests are considered on a case by case basis, and we reserve the right to decline tour requests due to staff and operational capacity

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