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).

Prior to removing yard trimmings free of soil from the regulated area, please contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for guidance. Violations increase the risk to BC crops and nurseries and may result in a fine.

Area affected by the federal plant and soil quarantine as of 05/20/2020

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, the City of Vancouver will accept small amounts of soil, rooted plants and green waste at a temporary transfer station at 301 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver (West 1st Avenue at Wylie Street).

If you need to dispose of larger quantities not accepted at the temporary transfer station, contact the CFIA for a Movement Certificate at 604-292-5742 or cfia.wstjb-sj.acia@canada.ca.