Construction and Demolition Waste

Construction and Demolition Waste has a different composition to residential or other commercial waste, and has some special considerations. This page has details on how to manage and divert construction and demolition waste, as well as information on which bylaws and disposal policies are relevant to Construction and Demolition Waste. 

Construction and Demolition waste makes up about 12% of the waste that goes into the Squamish Landfill, and another 11% of the waste is Mixed Waste, which includes construction and demolition waste containing divertible material. Of the Construction and Demolition waste that was audited in the 2020 Waste Composition Audit, over 40% of the waste was divertible wood waste. 

Solid Waste Bylaw

Construction and Demolition Waste is subject to the Solid Waste Bylaw, which requires recyclables and organic waste to be separated from landfill waste. For most construction sites, this means separating wood waste, metal and drywall off cuts, and during the finishing stages separating cardboard and plastic overwrap from the garbage. 

Many sites that take their own material to the landfill will use scrap wood to put together storage bins for different materials on their site so it can be easily separated ahead of time. The tipping fee at the landfill also reflects this requirement, with a significantly lower fee for separated wood waste, and free recycling for separated metal, cardboard and overwrap. Garbage containing more than 5% recyclable material is charged at the highest rate. 

Demolition Waste Diversion Bylaw

Effective June 16, 2021, the new Demolition Waste Diversion Bylaw was put into effect. Under this bylaw, a refundable fee of $2 per square foot is paid along with the Permit Application. When 80% or more of the waste is diverted by volume, the fee is refunded. Material can be sold or donated for reuse for 2 x the diversion credit. The Demolition Waste Diversion Report is available here. Please send any questions about this bylaw to zerowaste@squamish.ca

Gypsum and Drywall

For Contractors, post 1990 drywall and off cuts can be delivered to the Squamish Landfill for proper disposal. A signed declaration will be required. For any pre-1990 drywall or gypsum, a test showing it does not contain asbestos is required, and material cannot be accepted without it.  

Wildlife Bylaw

Many wildlife - human conflicts in Squamish are based around garbage. It is important to keep your construction side Bearsmart to avoid unnecessary conflict. It is the Contractor's responsibility to provide bear resistant bins for all food waste, keep any barbeques on-site clean, and to keep all food waste out of construction waste bins. The easiest way to do this is to have a no food waste on site policy, and ensure all lunch waste and barbeques are taken home at the end of the day. 

Wildlife can also be attracted to petroleum products, paint and antifreeze. These materials should also be kept secure in bear resistant containers or lock-ups. 

For more information on keeping your site wildlife resistant, please contact wildlife@squamish.ca. Report all wildlife sightings or encounters through the Conservation Service 24/7 hotline - 1.877.952.7277. 

 

Resources

Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling Guide

Drywall Disposal Declaration Form (coming soon) 

Drywall Disposal Information Sheet (coming soon) 

Demolition Waste Diversion Report Template

Demolition Waste Diversion Information Sheet

Metro Vancouver Construction and Demolition Waste Toolkit

 

 

 

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