VANCOUVER – 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 have been told to continue to use their green bin for their yard trimmings. However, any excess green waste is to be taken 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 must only move this material outside the regulated area by obtaining a movement certificate from the CFIA by calling 604-292-5742 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Those in non-compliance of CFIA’s movement restrictions may be subject to fines.