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Clean Wood Disposal Ban

The City of Surrey is committed to reducing the amount of waste going to landfills, so we encourage you to recycle clean wood.

As of January 1, 2015, Metro Vancouver has banned clean wood from disposal.  Clean wood is not allowed in garbage loads delivered to the Surrey Transfer Station and other Metro Vancouver facilities.

Recycling clean wood costs less than garbage disposal. Garbage loads containing over 10% clean wood will be subject to a 50% increase to the cost of disposal.

Separate clean wood from other materials before going to the transfer station.

Description of Banned Materials:

  • Clean wood is defined as solid wood, lumber, and pallets that contain no paint, stains, glues, and chemical treatments. The wood may be pierced with nails or other metal fasteners like screws or staples. 
  • The disposal ban applies to garbage loads received at Metro Vancouver and City of Vancouver transfer stations and disposal facilities, not private facilities.
  • At this stage, the disposal ban does not apply to large loads of demolition waste containing over 80% wood delivered to the Vancouver Landfill.

How to Recycle Clean Wood

For more information, please contact Metro Vancouver staff at 604-432-6200 or