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Unsure of what you can recycle?
Check out our Metro Vancouver Recycles database or contact your municipality. You can also call the Recycling Hotline at 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253).

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Banned From Landfills 

There are certain materials that Metro Vancouver disposal facilities do not accept, either because there are already easily accessible recycling programs set up for these items, or because they are hazardous to waste collection workers, the public and the environment.

At disposal sites, garbage loads are inspected for banned and prohibited materials. Loads that arrive at the disposal sites containing prohibited materials are assessed a $50 minimum surcharge, plus the cost of removal, clean-up or remediation. Loads containing banned materials are assessed at 50% tipping fee surcharge. 

For a complete list of Banned and Prohibited Materials, please see the 2013 Tipping Fee Bylaw No. 281.

 Banned Materials

Corrugated cardboard
Problem: A fully recyclable product banned from the landfills as it needlessly fills hauling truck and landfill space.
Solution: For residents, use your municipal curbside program or a municipal depot. Metro Vancouver Transfer Stations have a drop-off area. For businesses, contact Metro Vancouver’s Business Services for assistance to set up a cardboard recycling program.

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Recyclable Paper
Problem: A fully recyclable product banned from the landfills as it needlessly fills hauling truck and landfill space.
Solution: For residents, use your municipal curbside program or a municipal depot. Keep a recycling bin in your home or office. Businesses can also contact Metro Vancouver’s Business Services for assistance in setting up an office paper recycling program.

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Green waste
Banned from the garbage because they can be re-used as chips or compost.
Solution: If available use your curbside pick-up. For larger volumes, use a municipal depot or the yard and green waste area at a disposal facility.

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Containers made of glass, metal or Banned Recycled Plastic (1, 2, 4 & 5)
Problem: These fully recyclable products are banned from the landfills as they needlessly fill hauling truck and landfill space.
Solution:Each municipality has its own blue box recycling program. Contact your municipality for more details.
General items are glass jars, plastic and aluminium food containers. Sort recyclable items and use programs available to your home or business. For businesses, contact Metro Vancouver’s Business Services for assistance to set up a recycling program.

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Beverage containers (all except milk cartons)
Includes all containers of ready-to-drink beverages like juice, pop, water, iced tea, sport drinks, beer, wine, cooler and spirit containers. Cardboard milk containers and tetra packs also recycled (note: no deposit refund on these as no deposit is paid). For a list of the 200 refund locations in Metro Vancouver, check out Metro Vancouver Recycles database.  In addition to using large depots, you can return beverage containers to any retail location that sells them (e.g. supermarkets, liquor stores), to a maximum of 2 dozen per day.

Milk cartons (waxy cardboard) are not banned from the garbage but can be returned for recycling to select return-it depots in your areas.

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 Prohibited Materials

  • Agricultural waste;
  • Antifreeze and Antifreeze containers
  • Asbestos;
  • Automobile bodies and parts; 
  • Batteries;
  • Barrels or drums in excess of 205 litres (45 gallons) whether full or empty;
  • Biomedical waste; 
  • Clean or treated wood exceeding 2.5 m in length;
  • Dead animals; 
  • Electronics and electrical products; 
  • Excrement; 
  • Fluorescent lights;
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  • Hazardous waste; 
  • Inert fill materials including soil, sod, gravel, concrete and asphalt in quantities exceeding 0.5 cubic metres per load; 
  • Lead acid batteries; 
  • Liquids and sludge;
  • Mattresses; 
  • Oil containers, oil filters, paint products, solvents and flammable liquids; 
  • Metal household or commercial appliances;
  • Pesticide products;
  • Pharmaceuticals; 
  • Propane tanks;
  • Radioactive and reactive waste; 
  • Refuse that is on fire, smouldering, flammable or explosive; 
  • Refuse that would cause undue risk of injury or occupational disease to any person at the Disposal Site or that would otherwise contravene the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations;
  • Single objects longer than 2.5 m in length or weighing more than 100 kilograms;
  • Thermostats;
  • Tires; 
  • Any other Refuse that the Manager considers unsuitable for handling at the Disposal Site.
  • Any material in new or expanded product categories of the Recycling Regulation that comes into effect while this By-law is in effect.
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