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Garbage Disposal Fees

In Burnaby, garbage is collected by the City, but is disposed of at a regional disposal facility (i.e. landfill or waste-to-energy) that is owned and operated by our regional government, Metro Vancouver. The cost to dispose of garbage (i.e. tipping fees) are set by Metro Vancouver; the City does not have control over these charges. Since 2008, tipping fees set by Metro Vancouver have increased 50 per cent, and are expected to increase an additional 41 per cent over the next four years.

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Residential Garbage Toter Disposal Fees

In order to ensure that the cost to dispose of garbage is visible to Burnaby residents, beginning in 2013, these costs will appear as a separate item on your Utility and Garbage Disposal Fee Bill. The shift will not change the total dollar amount paid by Burnaby citizens to Metro Vancouver for garbage disposal. It will however, make the cost visible to taxpayers and will enable citizens to save money by increasing their recycling and disposing of less garbage.

For 2020, the following Garbage Disposal Fees will be charged to residents based on the size garbage toter they have:

Toter Size (litre) Disposal Fee
Small 120
Default 180  $75
Medium  240  $140
Large  360  $385

Residents wanting to change the size of their current toters (garbage or yard waste), can do so by calling the City's Engineering Department at 604-294-7460 or by emailing A $50.00 service fee will be charged for toter exchanges.

For more information about the Garbage Disposal Fees, see our Frequently Asked Questions

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