City of Vancouver Information Bulletin

An action to help prevent the spread of Japanese beetle

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 fine.

Due to safety concerns during the COVID-19 outbreak, neither Kent St nor the Temporary Transfer Station on Wylie will be taking cash payments at this time.

  • If you currently have an account at Kent St., billing can run through that account.
  • No new accounts will be opened until further notice.
  • Payment can be made by debit or credit card.

The Temporary Transfer Station on Wylie Street

  • Will no longer issue invoices.
  • Will accept payment only by debit or credit card.