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 $50 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. 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 2016 Tipping Fee Bylaw No. 293.

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 - NEW 2015
  • Clean Wood - NEW 2015

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; 
  • Barrels or drums in excess of 205 litres whether full or empty;
  • Biomedical waste; 
  • Coated or uncoated wire and cable exceeding 1% of the total Load;
  • 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;
  • Gypsum
  • Hazardous waste as defined in the Hazardous Waste Regulation, B.C. Reg. 63/88;
  • Liquids and sludge;
  • Mattresses; 
  • Propane tanks;
  • 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;
  • Any single object that:
    1. weighs more than 100 kilograms; or
    2. exceeds 0.35 square metres in cross section at any point; or
    3. exceeds 1.2 metres in width and/or 2.5 metres in length, except at the Waste-to-Energy Facility where a single object must not exceed 1.0 metre in length; or
    4. exceeds 3 cubic metres in volume.
  • Inert fill material including soil, sod, gravel, concrete and asphalt exceeding 0.5 cubic metres per load
  • Any other Refuse that the Manager considers unsuitable for handling at the Disposal Site.

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.