Effective November 1, 2016 - Gypsum (drywall), mattresses, and yard waste will no longer be accepted at the Pemberton Transfer Station. Tipping fees changed to better reflect increased transportation and disposal costs.
On September 21, 2016, the SLRD Board of Directors adopted Bylaw No. 1496-2016 cited as “Pemberton Facilities Fees and Charges Regulation Bylaw No. 1299-2013, Amendment Bylaw No. 1494-2016”. The purpose of this bylaw update is to increase tipping fees in response to recent fee increases at facilities operated by the Resort Municipality of Whistler and District of Squamish, and to provide updated definitions to reflect current regulations. Gypsum (drywall), mattresses, and yard waste have also been added to the list of unacceptable items at the transfer station due to safety requirements, excessive operational costs, and space limitations.
Amendment Bylaw No. 1494-2016 will come into effect on November 1, 2016.
Beginning November 1, patrons wishing to dispose of asbestos free gypsum (drywall) will be directed to the Whistler Transfer Station. Changes to the acceptance of drywall at the recycler, New West Gypsum, in Vancouver have significantly increased administrative and disposal costs, prompting the ban at the transfer station. Furthermore, pre-1990 drywall may contain asbestos, which is not accepted at the Pemberton Transfer Station, in the joint compound (drywall mud). The SLRD recommends that patrons needing to dispose of pre-1990 drywall contact an abatement company for testing and disposal. For more information on asbestos and abatement companies operating in the Sea-to-Sky corridor please see this Carney’s Waste Systems pamphlet.
Mattresses were recently banned at the Squamish Landfill and the cost to collect and transport to a recycler in Vancouver would be significant to users of the Pemberton Transfer Station. As of November 1, patrons needing to dispose of mattress will be directed to the Whistler Transfer Station.
Yard waste is currently not accepted at the transfer station and patrons with this material are directed to Sea-to-Sky Soils facility near Rutherford Creek or to the Whistler Composter at the Whistler Transfer Station in the Callaghan. The addition of yard waste to the list of unacceptable items formalizes this arrangement. Food waste will continue to be accepted at no charge.
If you have any questions about Amendment Bylaw No. 1494-2016 please contact:
Utilities and Environmental Services Coordinator
604-894-6371 ext. 236