Banned Materials

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 disposal.bans@metrovancouver.org

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)
  • Food Waste
  • Clean Wood

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.

Banned Hazardous and Operational Impact Materials

These materials are hazardous to the environment or workers, or have high operational impacts. There are safe disposal options.
  • Agricultural waste;
  • Asbestos;
  • Automobile bodies and parts; 
  • Biomedical waste;
  • Containers bigger than 205 L; 
  • Creosote-treated wood; 
  • Dead animals; 
  • Excrement, other than amounts of pet excrement that are double bagged and discarded with Municipal Solid Waste and that do not exceed either 5% of the total weight of the Load or 5% of the total volume of the Load;
  • Flammable materials; 
  • Gypsum.

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  • Hazardous waste as defined in the Hazardous Waste Regulation, B.C. Reg. 63/88;
  • Liquids and sludge;
  • Mattresses; 
  • Propane tanks;
  • Railroad ties;
  • Refuse that is on fire, smouldering, flammable or explosive; 
  • Refuse that would cause undue risk of injury or occupational disease to any person at the Disposal Site or that would otherwise contravene the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations;
  • Single objects over 100 kg, 2.5 m long or 1.2 m wide;
  • Inert fill material including soil, sod, gravel, concrete and asphalt exceeding 0.5 cubic metres per load;
  • Toxic plants (Giant hogweed, Daphne/Spurge laurel, and Devil's club) - Starting July 2018;
  • Wire, hosing, rope & cable over 1 m;
  • Materials that would cause undue risk of injury or occupational disease to staff or customers (e.g. dusty or odorous loads).

Banned Product Stewardship Materials

These materials have provincially regulated recycling programs and accessible recycling options province-wide.
  • Antifreeze and Antifreeze containers;
  • Gasoline;
  • Pesticide products;
  • Pharmaceutical products and medications;
  • Lead acid batteries;
  • Oil, oil filters and oil containers;
  • Paint products;
  • Solvents and flammable liquids;
  • Electronic and electrical products including metal household or commercial appliances as identified in Schedule 3 – Electronic Products Category to Recycling Regulation;
  • Tires pursuant to Schedule 4 – Tire Product Category to the Recycling Regulation;
  • Thermostats;
  • Fluorescent lights;
  • Batteries.