Different types of waste are collected in different ways based on their nature, for recycling or more effective disposal. Some are collected from homes while others must be taken to designated sites.
Beginning April 3, 2017, all collection trucks will be fueled by biodesel, as part of our ongoing commitment to practices rooted in sustainable development. This will lead to a significant reduction in the amount of greenhouse gases that are produced.
The new system will lead to changes in collection schedules and types of bin, with an increase in some collections, beginning April 3.
Changes in collection schedules:
Change affecting the organic materials collection:
Increase in organic materials collections:
All reusable containers, cardboard boxes or paper bags are accepted.
How to place your bins
- Your rolling bins or waste containers must be placed at the end of your driveway, after 6 p.m. the day before the collection or before 7 a.m. on the day of the collection itself.
- The wheels and handles of the rolling bin should face your home.
- There should be a 20-centimetre (1-foot) free space around the rolling bin.
- Recycling, composting and waste containers must be stored where they are least visible from the street and the least likely to be a nuisance to neighbouring properties.
- For manual collection, bags and containers must weigh no more than 55 lb (25 kg).
- For mechanical collection, the 240-litre green rolling bin must weigh no more than 220 lb (100 kg)
What to do if…
- You need a second bin
Contact Public Works.
- You need a smaller bin
The City provides an 80-litre bin for organic and recyclable materials. Available starting April 1, 2017. Contact Public Works to reserve one now.
- Your waste wasn’t picked up
Make sure collection instructions were followed: day and time, bin position, accepted container, container weight, accepted materials, etc. If all instructions were followed, report the situation to Public Works.
- Your bin is damaged
Contact Public Works to have your bin replaced or repaired.
Compostable materials are collected every week between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- On Tuesday until March 28 inclusive
- On Monday beginning April 3
- Only 80-, 120- and 240-litre green rolling bins from the City are accepted. To obtain a second bin, contact Public Works at 514-630-1230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The green rolling bin must not weigh more than 150 lb (67 kg).
- The cover of the bin must be completely closed.
- Only organic materials placed in the rolling bin will be collected.
- Bags of leaves are picked up only during the seasonal leaf collection. At any other time, leaves should be put in the green rolling bin.
Plastic bags, even biodegradable or compostable, are not accepted.
Only evergreen branches, shorter than 1 metre in length and less than 5 cm in diameter, will be picked up. They must be placed in the bin.
To get rid of larger branches, contact the Public Works Department at 514 630-1230.
1. Kitchen waste (raw, cooked or spoiled food)
- cakes, sweets and flour
- cereals, bread, pasta, nuts and shells
- coffee beans, filters and grounds; tea bags and leaves
- fish, seafood, meat and eggs (including shells and bones)
- fruits and vegetables
- herbs and spices
- solid dairy products
- vegetable oils and fats (small amounts, in solid form, or soaked up with paper or cardboard); sauces and dressings
2. Yard waste
- garden waste (flowers, fruit, vegetables, plants, weeds)
- grass clippings and other plants
- leaves, twigs, evergreen needles, sawdust, straw
- small tree roots, household plants
- tree branches (evergreens only) less than 1 metre long and less than 5 centimetres in diameter
3. Other waste
- cardboard (soiled or clean): pizza boxes, French fry containers, egg cartons
- cold ashes produced by burning untreated wood
- Compostable plates, bowls and utensils
- Human or animal hair, feathers
- paper (soiled or clean): tissues, paper towel, paper napkins, newspaper, muffin liners
- pet food
A simple, easy way to collect compostable food scraps! Three easy steps:
- Line the cone with newspaper.
- Put daily food scraps in the cone.
- Once the cone is full, remove the paper containing the waste and place the whole package in the compostable waste bin outdoors.
The cone is free for residents (proof of residence required) and available from the Public Works counter at City Hall (451 Saint-Jean Boulevard).
Tips and hints
1. Transfer container
A small container is a handy way to collect food waste and transfer it regularly to the compostable materials bin. If you do not use the kitchen cone, an ice cream container with a lid will serve the same purpose. Put it in a convenient location in your kitchen and line it with paper towel or newspaper to prevent food scraps from sticking and reduce smells.
2. Leaf and grasscycling
Leaf and grass recycling are ecological practices that involve leaving shredded fallen leaves and grass clippings on the ground after mowing so that they can break down into the soil. Leaves and grass are natural fertilizers!
3. Avoid problems
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Leafs are collected on Monday, May 1, June 12, October 30 and November 13, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There will be the usual organic waste collection on these days, and you will also be able to put containers and bags filled with leaves at curbside.
- 80, 120- and 240-litre green rolling bins provided by the City
- Any reusable container with a maximum volume of 100 litres
- Cardboard boxes
- Paper bags (with or without cellophane)
Leaves are also accepted as part of the weekly organic waste collection. They should be put in the green rolling bin.
Recyclable materials are collected every week between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- On Tuesday until March 28 inclusively
- On Monday starting April 3
- Only 80-, 120- and 360-litre blue rolling bins from the City are accepted.
- Only recyclable materials placed in the rolling bin will be collected.
- The cover of the bin must be completely closed.
- Containers must be rinsed before you put them in the bin.
1. Paper and cardboard
- Boxes: cereal, tissue paper, frozen food, detergent, shoes, etc.
- Cardboard tubes and rolls
- Flat and corrugated cardboard; folded or cut-up cardboard boxes
- Newspapers and flyers
- Paper bags
- Paper (including paper with staples or ink)
- Envelopes (including those with windows)
- Telephone directories, catalogues, magazines
2. Plastic, glass and metal
- Bottles, containers and jars (with or without labels)
- Lids and caps
- Plastic bags (Put all your plastic bags in one bag before putting them in the bin)
- Metal cans, aluminum beverage cans, aluminum plates
- Milk and juice cartons, including Tetra Paks
- Plastics numbered 1 to 5 and 7; look for this symbol on the container or packaging to make sure it is recyclable:
Household waste is collected every other week between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., alternating between sector A and sector B.
- On Wednesday until March 29 inclusively
- On Tuesday starting April 4
For a complete overview, see the calendar.
- Waste may be put in reusable plastic or metal containers, or rolling bins, with a maximum volume of 100 litres per container or bin.
- Maximum weight for each container or bin is 55 lb (25 kg).
- A maximum of 360 litres of household waste per door will be picked up at each collection.
- Waste may be put in a wheeled, reusable plastic container with a maximum volume of 360 litres.
- The rolling bin must not weigh more than 220 lb (100 kg).
On Saturday May 20, June 17, July 8, August 12, September 16 and October 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., residents may leave items in the Public Works yard for reuse, recycling or reclamation.
The yard is located at 50 Terra-Cotta Avenue.
- Appliances containing halocarbons (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, water coolers and dehumidifiers)
- Computer equipment and electronic appliances
- Construction debris (maximum size 2.4 metres by 1.2 metres)
- Excavation materials (maximum size 2.4 metres by 1.2 metres)
- Ferrous and non-ferrous metals (maximum size 2.4 metres by 1.2 metres)
- Green waste
- Household and bulky items
- Household and electrical appliances
- Motorized equipment (without fuel)
- Sports equipment
- Tires and rims (separated)
- Upholstered items (couches and mattresses)
3535 Sartelon Street
This service is provided to Montreal island residents for a yearly maximum of 12 cubic metres of materials. Beyond this maximum, a fee will be charged. Proof of residence with address and photo is required.
For more information, call 514-872-0384 or go to ville.montreal.qc.ca/ecocentres.
Some kinds of household waste are harmful to the environment. Residents are asked to discard hazardous products on May 13 and 14 or September 30 and October 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This waste will be collected in the parking lot behind City Hall at 451 Saint-Jean Boulevard.
- Adhesives, tar, epoxy, paint remover
- Chemical products for pools
- Cleaning and maintenance products
- Engine oil, empty containers, filters
- Intact fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lightbulbs
- Lead-acid car batteries
- Mercury (thermometers)
- Paint (latex, alkyd, enamel)
- Pesticides and fertilizer
- Propane bottles
- Turpentine, Varsol, gas, fuel, thinner, alcohol
- Vegetable oils
Collection is a service provided to Montreal island residents. Industries, stores or institutions must contract with private companies specializing in recovery of hazardous waste. See recyc-quebec.gouv.qc.ca for a list of these companies.
Bulky items are collected on Tuesday, June 6, July 4, August 8 and September 12, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bulky items are non-upholstered items that are too big to be put in a bag, box or garbage can. These objects are recovered and reclaimed.
A few rules
- Items should not weigh more than 100 kg (220 lb) and maximum acceptable size is 1.8 metres (6 feet) by 1.2 metres (4 feet).
- For each household, there is a maximum of 10 items, or the equivalent of 5 cubic metres, per collection.
- Sharp or potentially dangerous items must be made safe.
- Whenever possible, materials should be tied up together.
- Bathtubs, toilets and sinks
- Carpets (rolled)
- Doors and windows
- Electric baseboard heaters, kitchen range hoods, etc.
- Electrical household appliances (except those containing refrigeration gas)
- Furniture (tables, chairs, desks, dressers, bookcases, wardrobes, filing cabinets, etc.)
- Hot water tanks
- Large mirrors and sheets of glass
- Pool covers (rolled)
- Propane barbecues grills (without the propane tank)
- Any other large household object
A permanent collection point for polystyrene is located in the Public Works parking lot at 50 Terra-Cotta Avenue.
- Remove labels.
- Remove adhesive tape.
- Remove absorbent padding.
- Clean containers.
1. Expanded polystyrene
- Styrofoam cups
- Protective packaging for electronic and household appliances
2. Extruded polystyrene
- Disposable plates and bowls
- Egg packaging
- Fats-food containers
- Trays for meat, fish and poultry
3. Non-expanded polystyrene (number 6 plastic)
- Single-serving containers
- Disposable plates, bowls and utensils
- Packaging for take-out
- Small milk containers
New program for recovery of small electronic items (obsolete or non-functional) and ink cartridges.
60 Maywood Avenue
- Ink cartridges
- Small electronic items (cell phones, peripherals, digital cameras, MP3 and CD players, etc.)
Branches are collected on request from May 1 to October 31.
Do you want to get rid of evergreen branches longer than 1 metre with a diameter greater than 5 centimetres, or hardwood branches of any size?
Contact Public Works: 514-630-1230
Allow 21 days for this on-request collection.
Branches cut off by a contractor hired to prune or fell a tree are the contractor’s responsibility.
Christmas trees are collected on Monday, January 9, 2017, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
All natural trees are accepted (fir, pine, spruce, birch). By participating in this collection, you ensure that your tree will be converted into wood chips or compost instead of ending up in a landfill site.
A few rules
- Trunk diameter must not exceed 13 centimetres (5 inches).
- Tree height must not exceed 2.5 metres (8 feet).
- Decorations must be removed.
Trees must be placed horizontally at curbside (not upright in the snow).
For a fee, the Public Works Department offers a special pickup service for your construction materials (wood, brick, drywall, etc.), excavation materials (earth, sand, stones, rocks, asphalt, and cement) and residential renovation materials (except those from multifamily dwellings).
For more information or an estimate, call Public Works at 514-630-1230.