Asbestos is a naturally occuring fibrous mineral that was a popular building material from the 1950s to 1990s. It was used extensively because it is an insulator, has good fire protection properties, has tensile strength, and is resistant to chemical erosion. (Source: WorkSafe BC)

Asbestos poses health risks when fibres are in the air that people breathe. Asbestos fibres lodge in the lungs, causing scarring that can ultimately lead to severely impaired lung function (asbestosis) and cancers of the lungs or lung cavity.

Exposure to asbestos can happen when asbestos-containing material (ACM) breaks down or when it is cut or damaged. People can put themselves at risk, often without realizing it, if they do not take proper precautions when repairs or renovations disturb ACM. (Source: adapted from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)

Not sure if you're dealing with asbestos-containing materials?

For a fee, the certified independent laboratories listed below* will test the content of asbestos in materials.

ACM Environmental, Vancouver, 604 873 8599
Astech Consultants Ltd., Cloverdale, 604 575 1122
Epoch Analytical, Coquitlam, 604 521 6806
Maxxam, Burnaby, 604 734 7276
Pacific Environmental Consulting, Burnaby, 604 292 4700
PHH Arc Environmental, Richmond, 604 244 8101
Wes-Har Asbestos & Analysis, Richmond, 604 279 9445

*Note: This list of independent laboratories may not be exhaustive.
Please contact Wastech (wastech_at_wastech.ca) to request a revision.

To be valid, the ACM test certificate will be printed on letterhead, and include the following:

  • Contact information of the laboratory and name of analyst
  • Client name and sample identification
  • Type and amount (% vol/vol) of asbestos in material
Asbestos drywall

Drywall containing asbestos is accepted for a fee, and only at the following locations. Please contact the facility for bagging and transportation or pick up instructions.

Clean Harbors Canada, Delta, 604 940 0894
Newalta Corporation, Delta, 604 952 1220
Safety Kleen, Delta, 604 940 0641
Sumas Environmental, Burnaby, 604 682 6678
Tri-Arrow Industrial Recovery, Surrey, 604 597 7334

Disposal at Wastech Transfer Stations

ACM is not accepted at the transfer stations. To ensure the safety of our employees, material that cannot be confirmed as free of asbestos is not accepted at the stations.

Non-ACM with a date stamp or a certificate from a testing facility is accepted at the transfer stations. Material must be brought to a station within four weeks of the test. Ceiling tiles must be double-bagged.

Wastech reserves the right to fine and/or back charge responsible parties for any and all clean up costs incurred for the removal of ACM disposed at one of our facilities.

Disposal at local landfills

ACM is accepted at local landfills. Varying restrictions, procedures and special waste handling fees apply. Contact the facility prior to arrival.

Vancouver Landfill: 604 873 7000 - The Vancouver Landfill only accepts asbestos and asbestos containing materials from residents within the Metro Vancouver municipalities, which includes:  Village of Anmore, Village of Belcarra, Bowen Island Municipality, City of Burnaby, City of Coquitlam, Corporation of Delta, City of Langley, Township of Langley, Village of Lions Bay, District of Maple Ridge, City of New Westminster, City of North Vancouver, City of Port Coquitlam, City of Surrey, District of Pitt Meadows, City of Vancouver, City of Port Moody, City of Richmond, District of West Vancouver, City of White Rock, District of North Vancouver.

Mission Landfill: 604 826 9008 - The Mission Landfill only accepts asbestos and asbestos containing materials from Mission residents in residential quantities.

Bailey Landfill: 604 793 2701 - The Bailey Landfill only accepts materials from Chilliwack and outskirt residents.

These links provide information about the safe handling and disposal of asbestos:

- BC Ministry of Environment, "Management of Waste Asbestos by Home Owners in BC"
- Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, "About Your House: Asbestos"
- City of Vancouver, "Asbestos Management"