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Metro Vancouver implements new material bans and increases in disposal fees.


January 1, 2008 marked the start of Metro Vancouver’s new material bans.
The following is a list of both new and old materials are banned from our landfills:

  • Corrugated cardboard(banned since 1990’s)
  • Newsprint (1995)
  • Office paper (1995)
  • Gypsum drywall, commonly called Gyprock (1990’s)
  • Paint, solvents, flammable liquids, gasoline
  • NEW! Blue box recyclables
  • NEW! Yard and garden waste
  • NEW! Beverage containers, except for milk products
  • NEW! Lead-acid (car) batteries
  • NEW! Medications and pharmaceuticals
  • NEW! Pesticides
  • NEW! Vehicle tires
  • NEW! Oil, filters and empty containers
  • NEW! Electronic waste: includes personal computers, printers, TV’S, keyboards, etc.

Metro Vancouver will be monitoring and fining those companies that deliver banned materials from landfill. The material bans can result in a 50% surcharge over disposal costs. This means, that if a delivered load of material containers banned materials in excess of what is allowed a 50% surcharge will be applied to the load delivered.

In addition to the material bans Metro Vancouver has also increased the fees at landfill for garbage. The new rate is $68.00 per Metric Tonne.

Both the material ban and the increased disposal costs are meant to be incentives for the consumer to recycle or reuse more and to throw away less. Let Urban Impact help you be part of the solution.