Metro Vancouver is considering a disposal ban on expanded polystyrene (EPS), often called Styrofoam, to encourage more recycling in the region. EPS is bulky and lightweight and represents a large portion of the region's garbage.
Local recycling exists for both residential and commercially generated expanded polystyrene.
- Residents can drop expanded polystyrene off free of charge at certain recycling depots; to find a drop off location near you, visit
- Businesses can send it for recycling at local facilities for a fee; to find a facility for businesses, visit
What is a disposal ban?
Banning recyclable materials from disposal is one of Metro Vancouver’s regulatory tools to encourage recycling. There’s a financial deterrent for not recycling. Surcharges can be applied if
banned materials are found in the garbage at regional disposal facilities.