At Metro Vancouver disposal facilities, loads are inspected for banned materials that shouldn’t be in the garbage, such as recyclable materials, product stewardship materials, or hazardous materials that pose a risk to waste collection workers, the public, or the environment.
Surcharges apply if these materials are found in the garbage at Metro Vancouver disposal facilities. A $65 minimum surcharge, plus the potential cost of removal, clean-up or remediation will be applied to loads containing banned hazardous and operational impact materials or product stewardship materials. A surcharge of 50% of the tipping fee on the entire load will be applied to loads containing banned recyclable materials, and starting July 2018 a surcharge of 100% of the tipping fee will be applied to loads containing over 20% expanded polystyrene packaging. Instead of disposing of these items in the garbage, Banned Recyclable Materials and Product Stewardship Materials can be dropped off for recycling – visit
metrovancouverrecycles.org for a list of locations.
For a complete list of Banned Materials, please see the Tipping Fee Bylaw.
Questions regarding a disposal ban surcharge can be emailed to
Banned Recyclable Materials
These materials are banned from disposal in this region to drive up the regional recycling rate. There are reasonably accessible recycling options region-wide.
- Corrugated cardboard
- Recyclable Paper
- Green waste
- Containers made of glass, metal or Banned Recycled Plastic (1, 2, 4 & 5)
- Beverage containers (all except milk cartons)
Starting July 2018, garbage loads with over 20% expanded polystyrene packaging will be subject to a 100% surcharge on the tipping fee. Expanded polystyrene packaging can be recycled instead.