Tipping Fee and Solid Waste Disposal Bylaw

Garbage and recycling tipping fees stay the same for 2017:


FEE (No increase from 2016 to 2017)

Garbage 0 to 1 tonnes

$133 per tonne up to a maximum load fee of $117

Garbage 1 to 9 tonnes

$112 per tonne up to a maximum load fee of $725

Garbage 9 tonnes or more

$80 per tonne

​Transaction fee (applies to garbage, gypsum, and special handle waste)​$5 per load

Minimum fee (garbage)

$25 from 10 am – 2 pm on weekdays (except Statutory holidays) at North Shore, Surrey, and Coquitlam Transfer Stations

Gypsum up to 1/2 tonne - new cut-offs only

Minimum $15

NEW: Residential Used Gypsum pilot at Langley and Maple Ridge Transfer Stations

Organics, Green Waste, Clean Wood

$67/tonne, minimum $6


$15/unit, max 4 units

Minimum and maximum fees include the transaction fee. ‘Organics’ includes up to 10 litres of residential food waste.
Garbage loads originating from Maple Ridge: $4 per tonne applied, to directly support Maple Ridge recycling programs.
Organics’ includes small quantities (up to 10 litres) of residential food waste.
Complete tipping fee details are found in the Tipping Fee and Solid Waste Disposal Regulation Bylaw 302, 2016

Changes starting January 2017:

Surcharge for banned hazardous and product stewardship materials increases to $65.

New ability to waive fees for volunteer community clean-up projects on public lands.

  • New Operating Hours at all Metro Vancouver transfer stations starting January 2, 2017


    North Shore



    Maple Ridge


    Oct 31 to Mar 31Monday - Friday​05:30 to 17:0005:30 to 17:00 05:30 to 18:00 08:00 to 17:00 08:00 to 17:00
    Saturday08:00 to 17:00 08:00 to 17:00 08:00 to 17:00 08:00 to 17:00 08:00 to 17:00
    Apr 1 to
    Sept 30
    Monday - Friday 05:30 to 18:00 05:30 to 18:00 05:30 to 18:00 08:00 to 18:00 08:00 to 18:00
    Saturday08:00 to 18:00 08:00 to 18:00 08:00 to 18:00 08:00 to 18:00 08:00 to 18:00
    All YearSunday and Stat Holidays*09:00 to 17:00 09:00 to 17:00 09:00 to 17:00 09:00 to 17:00 09:00 to 17:00
    *Closed December 25 and January 1
    Recycling drop-off depot at Coquitlam and North Shore transfer stations open at 8:00am Mon-Fri.

New operating contractor starts January 2, 2017 at North Shore, Coquitlam, and Surrey Transfer Stations

Work is underway to facilitate a smooth transition to the new transfer station contractor. Thank you for your patience during the transition.

Changes starting July 2017:

Clean Wood Disposal Ban surcharge threshold decreases from 10% to 5%.

Clean wood can be recycled with green waste at regional disposal facilities. Together we are keeping clean wood of our garbage.

New surcharge for unsecured loads.

50% surcharge on the tipping fee, up to $50, for unsecured loads arriving at regional disposal facilities. Secure your load to keep our roads clean and safe.

Removal of disposal ban exemption on wax paper and cardboard.

Wax paper and cardboard are acceptable green bin materials.


  • For further information or questions, contact the Metro Vancouver Information Centre at:


​Common Questions about the new tipping fees

Who approves the tipping fee bylaw? 

The Tipping Fee Bylaw is approved by Metro Vancouver's Board, which is made up of Mayors and Councillors from municipalities around the region who are responsible for managing our solid waste in an environmentally and financially responsible manner.

Why are there minimum and peak hour fees?

85% of vehicle traffic to the transfer stations is small loads (under 1 tonne). As this creates traffic congestion on incoming roads, wait lines and higher processing costs, the minimum and peak hour changes are in place to encourage two things: first to encourage the use of off-peak hour deliveries, and second to encourage customers to deliver larger loads instead of multiple small loads.

What is the transaction fee and why is it separate from the weight based fee?

The transaction fee of $5 is applied to all loads of garbage, gypsum and special handle waste. This fee is separate as it contributes to the fixed costs associated with managing each load. These fixed costs are incurred regardless of the load's weight and include weigh scale costs, staffing, tipping floor maintenance and other requirements.

Why are there maximum load fees within the weight ranges?

The maximum load fees allow a transition from one rate to another. For example, to move from $133 per tonne for loads less than 1 tonne to 112 per tonne for loads greater than 1 tonne, the load cost needs to flatten at $112 between 840 kg and 1 tonne.