VANCOUVER – Construction has begun on upgrades to the entrance of the Vancouver Landfill in Delta, designed to enhance customer service and move the City of Vancouver closer to meeting its Zero Waste goals.
The project includes the addition of two new weighscales and a new scalehouse, and capacity increases to the recycling centre.
“Once the upgrades are complete in fall 2019, the recycling centre at the landfill will have doubled in size,” says Albert Shamess, the city’s director of Zero Waste and Resource Recovery. “Accepting even more materials for recycling moves us one step closer to becoming a Zero Waste community by 2040.”
The addition of two weighscales — for a total of four — and improvements to the access road will help minimize waiting and reduce backups that occasionally extend to South Fraser Perimeter Road and Highway 99 during busy periods.
The Vancouver Landfill will remain open and fully operational throughout the upgrades. During construction, customers may encounter short waits and temporary lane changes. Much of the construction work is being scheduled during off-peak times and after hours to minimize disruption to residential and commercial customers.
Originally opened in 1966, the Vancouver Landfill serves residential and commercial customers from throughout Metro Vancouver for final disposal of their garbage. The landfill also has a recycling centre for residents to drop off a wide range of recyclable materials, many of which are accepted for free.