Tipping Fee and Solid Waste Disposal Bylaw

Garbage and recycling tipping fees starting January 2019


FEE (starts January 2019)

Garbage 0 to 1 tonnes

$142 per tonne up to a maximum load fee of $125

Garbage 1 to 9 tonnes

$120 per tonne up to a maximum load fee of $815

Garbage 9 tonnes or more

$90 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

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

Minimum $15

​Used Gypsum up to 1/2 tonne

Restrictions and special bagging requirements apply


Minimum $15

Food Waste (max 100L), Green Waste, Clean Wood

$95/tonne, minimum $10

Mattresses and box springs

$15/unit, max 4 units

Fees include the Generator Levy and Disposal Rate where applicable
Minimum and maximum fees include the transaction fee 
Garbage loads originating from Maple Ridge: $4 per tonne applied

Other changes starting January 2019:

Paint Containers

Paint containers are included with paint under Product Stewardship Materials since they are also required to be collected as part of the Residual Product Category to the Recycling Regulation. They are subject to a surcharge plus any remediation or clean-up costs if disposed as garbage at a transfer station.

Rigid Packaging from Composite Materials

Rigid packaging (boxes and cartons) made from composite materials are included in the disposal ban program because these containers are recycled as part of a Product Stewardship program and typically included in recycling collection services for businesses. They are subject to a surcharge if disposed as garbage at a transfer station.

Generator Levy

The Generator Levy will increase by $2 per tonne. The Generator Levy has no effect on the total cost of tipping at Metro Vancouver and City of Vancouver disposal facilities as it is included in the Tipping Fee. It recovers the fixed costs of transfer stations and solid waste planning, and includes the Regional Services Rate.

A full list of Tipping Fee Bylaw changes is included in the GVS&DD Board report (Item G3.1) dated October 5, 2018, titled “GVS&DD Tipping Fee and Solid Waste Disposal Regulation Amendment Bylaw No.323, 2018”. (Agenda Item 5.2, page 27)


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​Common Questions about the 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 $142 per tonne for loads less than 1 tonne to $120 per tonne for loads greater than 1 tonne, the load cost needs to flatten at $120 between 845 kg and 1 tonne.