Yard Trimmings – Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica)

Let’s Stop The Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica)

Japanese Beetle

The Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) is a highly invasive pest that can damage lawns and over 250 plant species, including roses, fruit trees and other food plants. The BC Ministry of Agriculture estimates that, if this pest becomes widespread, it could cost BC’s agricultural and horticultural sectors about $25 million per year.

To stop the spread of the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica), the following items must not be moved outside the regulated area (see map below):

  • Soil or rooted plants (year round, to prevent the spread of grubs)
  • Yard trimmings free of soil (between June 15 and October 15, to prevent the spread of adult beetles) UNLESS this material is transported to an acceptable receiving facility.

If you need to dispose of soil from within the regulated area, contact the CFIA for a Movement Certificate at 604-292-5742 or cfia.wstjb-sj.acia@canada.ca. Violations increase the risk to BC crops and nurseries and may result in a fine.


Yard Trimmings from the regulated area will not be accepted at Metro Vancouver recycling and waste centres between June 15 and October 15.

During this period, material from the regulated areas including yard trimmings from plants, shrubs and trees that are free of soil will only be accepted at: