Metro Vancouver is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments and taking steps to maintain service while keeping staff and the public safe. To date, Metro Vancouver transfer stations and recycling depots have remained open during regular working hours, with some operational changes.
Metro Vancouver is asking customers to delay visits unless absolutely necessary and store dry recyclables and other items at home temporarily. Also, customers should not visit our facilities if they are sick or caring for someone who is.
At this time, Metro Vancouver transfer stations no longer accept cash but several alternative tap payment options are available onsite. In addition, the recycling depots are no longer accepting white expanded polystyrene (styrofoam).
New disposal requirements for Personal Hygiene items are now in place:
- Do not place used personal hygiene or cleaning products in the green bin.
- Put all personal hygiene products, used tissues, sanitary wipes (even those labeled compostable or flushable), paper towels, napkins, cleaning cloths, face masks, gloves, and similar items in plastic bags and place securely in your garbage bin. Double bag these items if you are sick or caring for someone who is sick.
There are many avenues available for the public to stay updated about any changes at the transfer stations and recycling depots, including a dedicated Solid Waste COVID-19 webpage. Updates are also emailed out to the subscribers of the Solid Waste mailing list. Customers can also call the Transfer Station hotline to get the latest information at 604-681-5600.
A new text message notification system is now being used to keep subscribers updated on Solid Waste facility operations. To sign up for real-time Metro Vancouver Solid Waste facilities temporary closure or operational change notices via SMS (text notification), text 512-518-5794 with the message JOIN 1566.