Expanded Polystyrene Recycling and Potential Disposal Ban

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 metrovancouverrecycles.
  • Businesses can send it for recycling at local facilities for a fee; to find a facility for businesses, visit metrovancouverrecycles.

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.

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Public Engagement and Consultation

Metro Vancouver is engaging with those who use, sell, transport and recycle EPS to better understand the existing system and the viability of a disposal ban. Metro Vancouver has also been collecting feedback from interested parties through a workshop and on-line feedback.

View presentation slides from the June 7, 2017 workshop

Submit feedback by completing this survey form by June 30, 2017

Contact us if you are interested in learning more about this project.

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