Asbestos Waste

Disposing of Asbestos Waste?

The Bailey Landfill accepts asbestos waste from the following cities/areas within the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD):

  • City of Chilliwack
  • Electoral Area D (Popkum/Bridal Falls)
  • Electoral Area E (Chilliwack River Valley)
  • Electoral Area H (Cultus Lake/Columbia Valley)
  • Harrison Hot Springs
  • Kent/Agassiz

Residents will be required to present valid identification to the scale house attendant confirming their home address, and contractors will be required to demonstrate in the form of a Manifest that the asbestos waste they are bringing in has originated from a location within one of the listed cities/areas.

All customers dropping off asbestos waste will be required to fill out a Drywall/Asbestos Waste Declaration and Acknowledgement form.

Quantity Restrictions

The limit for home owners or farmers taking asbestos waste from their home or farm directly to the landfill for disposal is 20 bags per originating property per day, up to a maximum of 100 bags per originating property per calendar year. Home owners or farmers accompanying a contractor is NOT permitted under provincial legislation unless the contractor possesses a Manifest and Hazardous Waste Transport Licence (more information in the paragraph below). The BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy has indicated that the vehicle and any vehicle extensions (eg. utility trailer) used to transport the asbestos waste should be registered in the name of the home owner or farmer where the asbestos originated.

Please refer to the "Proper Bag Tying Techniques & Bag Suppliers" attachment for a list of bag suppliers within the City and information about proper bag tying techniques.

Asbestos waste from contractors is also accepted – up to 20 bags per originating property per day, up to a maximum of 100 bags per originating property per calendar year. A Manifest and Hazardous Waste Transport License is required by all contractors bringing in asbestos waste that has not originated from their own residential property.

Please refer to the "Guide for Home Owners/Contractors" and "Bailey Landfill Asbestos Waste Disposal Procedures" attachments.

Common products that may contain asbestos include:

  • Soffit boards, roof felting, under sheathing
  • Fireplace box and mantel, artificial fireplace logs and ashes, fire doors, fire blankets
  • Vinyl floor tiles/sheets and mastic
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Drywall mud, plaster, stucco, textured coatings
  • Candescent light fixture backing (pot lights), heat reflectors
  • Pipe (mechanical) insulation, furnace/boiler/hot water tank insulation
  • Vermiculite (blown-in) insulation, spray-applied insulation (acoustic and fireproofing)
  • Paper backing on fiberglass insulation, asbestos cardboard insulation

These materials are considered suspect asbestos waste. If any of these materials are discovered when dropped off at the landfill, the customer may be subject to a minimum $500 fine per load plus the cost of clean-up by an abatement company, if required.

If you want to dispose of any of these products as regular garbage, you must have:

  • Original packaging or date stamps that show your materials are 1990 or newer, or
  • A certificate of analysis from an accredited laboratory from the past 5 months that shows the material does not contain asbestos, or
  • Written certification from a Qualified Person that the materials were tested and do not contain asbestos

A list of  Testing Laboratories and Abatement Companies can be referred to by clicking the link.

These procedures are similar to the disposal of drywall conditions in that the evidence (date stamps, test results, etc.) must support the materials in question. For example, if the description on the test results or report indicates that a piece of yellow vinyl flooring was tested, the vinyl flooring being disposed of must display that colour.

Regardless of the above, all vermiculite will be treated as asbestos waste.

 Please note the above list of suspect asbestos waste materials is not complete, there are many other less common products that may contain asbestos. Please visit the attachment “Other Potential Suspect Asbestos Containing Products." If you are bringing in large quantities of any of these materials, please notify the City’s Engineering Department in advance, as special material disposal considerations may be required.