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Organics and Clean Wood Disposal Bans

The way we manage waste is changing

Metro Vancouver's organics ban has been in place since 2015 and includes a ban on food scraps and clean wood wastefrom the region's waste facilities.

Food scraps, and other organic materials make up 40% of garbage going for disposal. Composting these materials produces a valuable resource, diverts waste, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions; helping to create a more sustainable region. Metro Vancouver's Organic Disposal Ban and Clean Wood Disposal Ban will help meet our regional goal of 80% diversion.

Organics Disposal Ban

Organics Disposal Ban

What will be banned?

All food scraps will need to be separated from regular garbage. This includes raw food, plate scrapings, leftovers, depackaged food, meat/seafoods etc. Food-soiled paper, such as pizza boxes and paper napkins are also accepted for composting. Yard material, such as plants, leaves or grass clippings, are already banned from the garbage.

Who does it affect?

Everyone who generates garbage in the region, including single family homes, multi-family complexes, commercial buildings (e.g. offices, grocery stores, restaurants and retails stores), institutional and industrial buildings (e.g. schools and health facilities).

When does it start?

The Organics Disposal Ban came into effect January 1, 2015, however, it included a six-month educational period, and a phased-in threshold reduction component. Learn more.

How can I participate? 

The City has rolled out Green Bin programs for single family homes, multi-family complexes serviced by the City for garbage and recycling, and continues program implementation at City civic facilities and with the Burnaby School District.

Clean Wood Disposal Ban

As of January 1st, 2015, Metro Vancouver has banned all clean wood from disposal at all regional disposal facilities under the Clean Wood Disposal Ban.

What will be banned?

All clean wood, such as solid wood, lumber, and pallets that are unpainted, unstained, free of glue, and untreated will be banned from disposal in the garbage. The wood may be pierced with nails or other metal fasteners, like screws or staples, however, it is best if these items can be removed. Wood products such as particle board that contains pressed wood fibre with glue, or wood from renovations that contain drywall, tile or any other contaminated is not accepted.

    Who does it affect?

    Everyone who generates clean wood must separate it from regular garbage, including single family homes, multi-family complexes, commercial buildings (e.g. offices, grocery stores, restaurants and retails stores), institutional and industrial buildings (e.g. schools and health facilities).

    When does it start?

    The Clean Wood Disposal Ban came into effect January 1st, 2015, however, it includes a six-month educational period. Learn more.

    How can I participate?

    The City's Green Bin program for single family homes, and multi-family complexes accepts clean wood waste for composting. Please ensure that all materials fit within the Green Bin with the lid closed. Sawdust from clean wood must be placed in a kraft paper bag prior to placing it in your Green Bin. We do not accept sawdust from any treated, stained or painted lumber.

    For larger pieces of clean wood, such as pallets, the City's Eco-Centre will accept small loads for drop off for a charge. Larger volumes can be dropped off at a Regional Disposal Facility.   

Need Help?

Recycling, Garbage & Green Bin
Staffed Information Line:
604-294-7972
Monday-Friday 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
24-Hour Touch-tone Information Line: 604-294-7089
Email: engineering@burnaby.ca
BC Recycling Hotline: 604-RECYCLE (732-9253)
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