Generator Levy

Metro Vancouver's regional transfer station network provides reliable and resilient waste and recycling services that benefit and are available to all residents and businesses who generate waste in the region. The Generator Levy ensures that all generators in the region contribute to the fixed costs of the region's transfer station network and solid waste planning.

The Generator Levy is built into the Tipping Fee at Regional Facilities and does not affect the cost of garbage disposal at those facilities. However, waste haulers delivering garbage to other facilities would collect the Generator Levy from waste generators and remit it to Metro Vancouver. The Generator Levy is set at $40 per tonne in 2018.

Regional Facilities:

  • Coquitlam Transfer Station
  • North Shore Transfer Station
  • Surrey Transfer Station
  • Maple Ridge Transfer Station
  • Langley Transfer Station
  • Waste-to-Energy Facility
  • Vancouver Landfill
  • Vancouver South Transfer Station

How the Levy Works

Origin and Destination of Waste Application of the Generator Levy
Mixed Municipal Solid Waste delivered to Regional FacilitiesThe Generator Levy is incorporated into the tipping fee. No action is required, except that all haulers are required to maintain records as described in the Tipping Fee Bylaw Section 8.3. Haulers are required to collect and remit the Generator Levy to Metro Vancouver. See list of municipalities that make up the GVS&DD.
Mixed Municipal Solid Waste originating from within the geographic area of the GVS&DD delivered to facilities other than Regional Facilities, either within or outside of Metro VancouverHaulers are required to collect and remit the Generator Levy to Metro Vancouver. See list of municipalities that make up the GVS&DD.
Mixed Municipal Solid Waste delivered to facilities other than Regional Facilities and containing waste collected from sources within the geographic area of the GVS&DD and also from another jurisdictionThe Generator Levy is applicable to the portion of the load collected from within the GVS&DD.

Download a Generator Levy Calculation template for recording load information and calculating the Generator Levy Amount.

Materials NOT Subject to Generator Levy if delivered to facilities other than Regional Facilities:

  • construction and demolition waste
  • source separated recyclables
  • source separated organics
  • agricultural waste
  • industrial waste
  • residual from processing facilities (e.g. composting facilities, recycling facilities, construction and demolition transfer stations or material recovery facilities)

Payment

Remittance of the Generator Levy is required for each quarter within 15 days of the end of the quarter. Remittance dates are included in the Tipping Fee Bylaw in Section 8.4.

Payment is to be made to the attention of:
Solid Waste Manager, Environmental Regulation and Enforcement Division
Planning and Environment Department
Metro Vancouver
Metrotower III
4730 Kingsway, Burnaby B.C. V5H 0C6
Subject: Generator Levy Remittance

Cheques should be made payable to the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District.

A receipt will be provided once payment has been received by the Environmental Regulation and Enforcement Division.