The Vancouver Landfill serves residential and commercial customers from Metro Vancouver External website, opens in new tab 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.
5400 72nd St
Delta, BC, V4K 3N3
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Hours of operation
|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:
- When you arrive, staff ask what items you are dropping off and weigh your vehicle.
- You dispose of your items.
- Staff weigh your vehicle again, and calculate the weight of the disposed items based on the difference.
- You pay your fees before leaving.
Accepted Materials accepted for free recycling
Important information Recycling drop-off at landfill is for residential customers only.
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Accepted Antifreeze and empty antifreeze containers
Accepted Cardboard (flatten)
Accepted Cell phones
Accepted Clothing and textiles, including reusable bags (items must be clean and dry)
Accepted Cooking oil and grease (maximum 10 L per day)
Accepted Electronics, small appliances, and power tools (maximum 5 large items)
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Accepted Foam packaging (Styrofoam) - no foam peanuts
Accepted Glass bottles and jars
Accepted Household batteries
Accepted Large appliances (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners)
Accepted Lawnmowers - electric, battery, or gas-powered (drain gasoline and oil before recycling)
Accepted Lead acid car and truck batteries
Accepted Metal containers (cans, tins, foil, empty aerosol cans excluding spray paint cans)
Accepted Other flexible plastic packaging External website, opens in new tab
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Accepted Paper containers (tetra-packs, coffee cups)
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Accepted Plastic bags and overwrap
Accepted Plastic containers (jars, jugs, bottles)
Accepted Printed paper and paper packaging (newspaper, magazines, catalogues, writing paper, paper bags)
Accepted Propane tanks (maximum 4 disposable and 2 refillable)
Accepted Scrap metal
Accepted Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
Accepted Tires (passenger or light truck with or without rims, maximum 10)
Accepted Used oil (maximum 15 L), oil filters (maximum 3), and empty oil containers
Not accepted 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.
Not accepted Broken televisions and computer monitors
Not accepted Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes
Not accepted Medications
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.
- Get details on the types of banned materials listed below External website, opens in new tab
- Find out where to recycle items on Metro Vancouver Recycles External website, opens in new tab
|Surcharge level||Applies to|
|Garbage loads containing one or more banned hazardous and operational impact or banned product stewardship program materials|
Garbage loads containing banned recyclable materials as follows:
|50% surcharge||All unsecured loads|
|100% surcharge||Garbage loads containing over 20% expanded polystyrene packaging, starting July 1, 2018|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Information icon 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 External website, opens in new tab.
Compost sales at the landfill
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.