Temporary transfer station for green waste opens in False Creek

An action to help prevent the spread of Japanese beetle

City of Vancouver Information Bulletin

June 17, 2019

As part of the City’s efforts to eradicate the Japanese beetle, an invasive and destructive pest that feeds on the flowers, fruit and leaves of over 300 species of plants, a temporary transfer station has been opened in the False Creek area for homeowners and landscapers to drop off their green waste.

The Japanese beetle was first discovered in Vancouver’s False Creek area in 2017. It can significantly damage landscape and ornamental plants, fruit and vegetable gardens, nurseries, orchards, and agricultural crops. In response, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is restricting plant material and soil from being moved outside the regulated area which includes False Creek and Downtown, to help prevent the beetle from spreading.

Movement restrictions for above-ground plant materials are in effect June 15 to October 15. Movement restrictions for soil and/or plants mixed with soil, including root balls and sod, are in effect year-round.

Residents and business owners in the regulated area should continue to use their green bin for their yard trimmings. However, any excess green waste should be brought to the temporary transfer station.

Landscapers who work in the regulated area and who have large quantities of green waste and/or soil to dispose of should only move this material outside the regulated area by obtaining a movement certificate from the CFIA by calling 604-292-5742 or emailing [email protected]. Those in non-compliance of CFIA’s movement restrictions may be subject to fines.

Temporary Transfer Station

Location: 301 W. 1st Avenue

Open: June 17 to October 18, 2019

Hours: Monday to Friday 2 pm to 6 pm

Using the temporary transfer station

Accepted Materials:      

 Green waste and small amounts (one wheelbarrow limit) of plants mixed with soil, including root balls and sod, from within the regulated area.

 Site Users:  

 Commercial landscapers and gardeners can drop off small (pickup truck) quantities. Larger quantities (more than one pickup truck) require a movement certificate from the CFIA by calling 604-292-5742 or emailing [email protected].

Homeowners should continue using their green bin first. However, any green material in excess of regular green bin quantities should be brought to the temporary transfer station. Food waste is not accepted.

 Fees for services:

 Green waste

  • $25 for half pickup truck load
  • $50 for pickup truck load even with the top of the box
  • $75 for pickup truck load that is heaped up over the top of the box

 Plants mixed with soil, including root balls and sod, are $15 per load in small quantities only (one wheelbarrow limit)

 Payment Method:

 Payments can be made on-site using debit, MasterCard or Visa. For commercial operators, monthly invoicing is available. A 15% administrative fee will be added to monthly invoices.

 For verification and billing purposes, site users will be required to provide their name, name of company (if applicable), address, and contact details.

For more information about the temporary transfer station, visit the City website. For details about the Japanese beetle and the movement restrictions in place, visit the CFIA website.