Japanese beetle

City opens temporary transfer station to prevent the spread of Japanese beetle

June 15 2020 –

As part of the City’s ongoing support of Federal and Provincial efforts to eradicate the invasive Japanese beetle in Western Canada, we've again opened a temporary transfer station in False Creek for any yard trimmings and plant material in the regulated area .

We urge homeowners and landscapers to drop off their trimmings at the temporary station in order to help prevent the spread of the beetle.  

Movement restrictions for plant material and soil

Since the discovery of the Japanese beetle in False Creek in 2017, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has restricted movement of plant material and soil from this regulated area to help prevent the beetle’s spread.

Movement restrictions for above-ground plant materials are in effect June 15 to October 16. Movement restrictions for soil and/or plants mixed with soil, including root balls and sod, are in effect year-round.

  • Residents and business owners in the regulated area should continue to use their Green Bin for yard trimmings. However, any excess yard trimmings (no food waste) should be brought to the temporary transfer station. 
  • Landscapers who work in the regulated area should take small quantities of plant material to the temporary transfer station for disposal. Moving larger quantities of plant material outside the regulated area requires a Movement Certificate from the CFIA. Landscapers can obtain a certificate by calling 604-292-5742 or emailing cfia.wstjb-sj.acia@canada.ca. Those in non-compliance of CFIA’s movement restrictions may be subject to fines levied by the CFIA.

Plant material from outside the regulated area should not be brought to the temporary transfer station. These materials can be taken to the Vancouver Transfer Station on Kent Avenue for composting.

Temporary Transfer Station

Location: 301 W 1st Avenue
Open: June 15 to Oct 16 
Hours: Monday to Friday, 2pm to 6pm
Payment: Pay onsite using debit, Mastercard, Visa, or American Express

Find more information about the temporary transfer station

The Japanese beetle is an invasive and destructive pest that feeds on the flowers, fruit and leaves of over 300 species of plants; it can significantly damage landscape and ornamental plants, fruit and vegetable gardens, nurseries, orchards, and agricultural crops. For more information about the Japanese beetle and the movement restrictions in place, visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website .