Tipping Fee and Solid Waste Disposal Bylaw

Garbage and recycling tipping fees starting January 2018


FEE (starts January 2018)

Garbage 0 to 1 tonnes

$137 per tonne up to a maximum load fee of $120

Garbage 1 to 9 tonnes

$115 per tonne up to a maximum load fee of $743

Garbage 9 tonnes or more

$82 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

*Applies at Langley and Maple Ridge Transfer Stations only. 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

Minimum and maximum fees include the transaction fee. ‘
Garbage loads originating from Maple Ridge: $4 per tonne applied, to directly support Maple Ridge recycling programs. 
Complete tipping fee details are found in the Tipping Fee and Solid Waste Disposal Regulation Bylaw 306, 2017

Other changes starting January 2018:

Large applicances

Four or fewer large appliances may be dropped off at a designated Recycling Area at one time.

Toxic plants, railroad ties and creosote treated wood

Loads of toxic plants (Devil's Club, Giant Hogweed and Spurge Laurel) are not permitted at Metro Vancouver transfer stations. They may only be disposed at the Waste-to-Energy Facility if authorized prior to delivery. Call 604-451-6185 or email weighscalesystem@metrovancouver.org.

Toxic plants, railroad ties and creosote treated wood have been added to the banned Hazardous and Operational Impact Materials list.

Frosted trees

Snow-flocked or frosted trees are not permitted as Green Waste at Metro Vancouver Transfer Stations as the snow-like flocculant on the trees cannot be properly composted at organics processing facilities. 

Weight Only tickets

Customers can obtain a ticket recording only the weight of their load. The fee is $15 per ticket.

Generator Levy

The Generator Levy is a component of the Tipping Fee that recovers the fixed costs of transfer stations and solid waste planning, and includes the Regional Services Rate. The Generator Levy has no effect on the total cost of tipping at Metro Vancouver transfer stations.

A full list of Tipping Fee Bylaw changes is included in the Zero Waste Committee report dated October 6, 2017, titled “GVS&DD Tipping Fee and Solid Waste Disposal Regulation Bylaw No. 306,2017

Changes starting July 2018

Expanded Polystyrene Disposal Ban.  Starting July 2018, surcharges of 100% of the tipping fee will apply to any garbage loads containing over 20% expanded polystyrene packaging.

This includes white expanded polystyrene (commonly referred to as Styrofoam™) used for protecting and distributing products. The disposal ban does not apply to food/beverage containers, packing peanuts or expanded polystyrene that is painted, soiled or treated.  Instead of being disposed, expanded polystyrene can be reused by local manufacturing companies or recycled into new products. Local recycling options exist for both residentially and commercially generated expanded polystyrene. Visit metrovancouverrecycles.org for drop-off locations and facilities.


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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 $137 per tonne for loads less than 1 tonne to $115 per tonne for loads greater than 1 tonne, the load cost needs to flatten at $115 between 840 kg and 1 tonne.