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.

See the Waste Collection Guide and the 2019-2020 calendar.


How to place your bins or containers

  • Your rolling bins, waste containers, bags of leaves, and bulky and upholstered items 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.

Weight limits

  • For manual collection, bags and containers must weigh no more than 55 lb (25 kg).
  • For mechanical collection:
    • the 80-litre rolling bin must weigh no more than 75 lb (34 kg)
    • the 120-litre rolling bin must weigh no more than 110 lb (50 kg)
    • the 240-litre rolling bin must weigh no more than 150 lb (67 kg)
    • the 360-litre rolling bin must weigh no more than 220 lb (100 kg)

What to do if…

  • You need a second bin
    Contact Public Works to get a second bin for organic or recyclable materials.
  • You need a smaller bin
    Contact Public Works for a different size of bin for organic and recyclable materials.
  • 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 provided by the City is damaged
    Contact Public Works to have your bin replaced or repaired.

Public Works

Organic waste

Organic waste is collected on Monday every week between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.


  • 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
  • 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.

Tree branches

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.

Accepted materials

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, peat 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
  • paper vacuum bags and their contents (human or animal hair, feathers, dust)
  • paper (soiled or clean): tissues, paper towel, paper napkins, newspaper, muffin liners
  • pet food
  • toothpicks

Kitchen cone

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

To avoid Solution
Smells 1. Keep your bin or garbage can clean

  • Wash your container with full-strength or diluted white vinegar (25 centilitres of vinegar in 1 litre of water). Spray the vinegar inside and outside the container and then rinse. It is important to let the container dry before placing waste in it.

2. Use a deodorant

  • Baking soda, white or green clay
    Place baking soda or white or green clay in the bottom of the empty bin to absorb odours. You can also add a few drops of eucalyptus oil. After collection, remove the remaining baking soda or clay and clean the container with white vinegar to limit odours.
  • Newspaper and tea tree oil
    Place newspaper in the bottom of the container and spray it with a mix of a few drops of tea tree oil diluted in a small quantity of lukewarm water. You can also place two drops of oil directly on the paper. After collection, remove the remaining newspaper and clean the container with white vinegar to eliminate odours.

3. Other tips

  • Freeze or refrigerate meat, poultry or fish waste.
  • Let leaves and grass clippings dry before placing them in the bin so they do not emit a strong ammonia odour.
  • Keep your bin or receptacle out of the sun and put it out for every collection regardless of how full it is.
Small animals
  • Take the same precautions as with household waste.
  • Apply menthol lotion around the cover.
  • Secure the cover with a bungee cord.
Flies and maggots
  • Wrap meat, poultry and fish waste in newspaper or a paper bag before placing it in the bin. You can also refrigerate or freeze it until collection day.
  • Alternate your food scraps in the bin with dry waste (paper towels, newspaper, sawdust, wood chips, dead leaves, etc.).
  • Do not put large amounts of liquid in your bin.
  • Keep your bin out of the sun, with the cover closed, and put it out for collection every week.
  • Sprinkle hot water, salt or a blend of water and vinegar on maggots to kill them.
  • In winter, to prevent materials from sticking, place a layer of newspaper or a piece of cardboard on the bottom of the bin. You can also use a paper bag in the bin.

Seasonal leaf collection

Leafs are collected between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the following dates:

Spring Fall
April 15 and 29
May 13 and 27
June 10
October 14 and 28
November 11 and 25
December 9

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.

Accepted containers:

  • 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

Recyclable materials are collected on Monday every week between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  • 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.

Accepted materials

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:

Plastique 6

Household waste

Household waste is collected on Tuesday every other week between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., alternating between sector A and sector B.

From June 4 to August 29: Weekly collection of household waste.

  • Sector A: Tuesday, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Sector B: Thursday, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Starting September 3, household waste will be collected on Tuesday every other week, alternating between sector A and sector B.

Given land use, multi-unit residential properties have collections every week.

For a complete overview, see the 2019-2020 calendar.

Manual collection

  • 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.

Mechanized 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).
  • Only bins with a European grip are accepted.


The Ecocentre is open on Saturday, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 17, September 21 (compost distribution) and October 19 (compost distribution), between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The yard is located at 50 Terra-Cotta Avenue.
See map

New: Document shredding

Starting on Saturday, June 1, a document shredding service will be offered at the Ecocentre. All paper with or without staples or binding is accepted for shredding. Clips must be removed from documents; plastic sheets and binders are not accepted. Documents will be shredded on site.

Accepted materials

  • 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)

Ecocentres in the Agglomeration of Montréal

This service is provided free of charge 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.

Closest Ecocentre: Saint-Laurent – 3535 Sartelon Street, Saint-Laurent

For more information, call 514-872-0384 or go to


Bulky items

Bulky items are collected on Wednesday, April 3, May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4 and October 2, between 7 a.m. and 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 or multi-unit residential property, 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.

 Accepted items

  • 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

Unaccepted items

  • Paint, solvents, oils, pesticides, fertilizers, aerosols, batteries, etc.
  • Tires
  • Halocarbons (refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, etc.)
  • Electronic devices (television sets, cellphones, drives, etc.)
  • Upholstered items (mattresses, couches, box springs, sofas, etc.)
  • Wood or construction or renovation materials
  • Stones, bricks, rocks, earth, etc.
  • Tree trunks, branches and logs
  • Large cardboard boxes
  • Children’s slides longer than 8 feet
  • Children’s pools
  • Carpets longer than 8 feet
  • Large quantities of wooden pallets
  • Hot tubs


Upholstered items

Upholstered items are collected on Wednesday and Thursday, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., alternating between sector A and sector B.

Sector A – Wednesday Sector B – Thursday
May 1
July 3
October 2
May 2
July 4
October 3

A few rules

  • Items must be placed near the road after 6 p.m. the day before the collection or before 7 a.m. on the day of the collection itself.
  • Items should not weigh more than 100 kg (220 lb.), and the maximum acceptable size is 1.8 metres (6 feet) by 1.8 metres (6 feet).
  • For each household or multiunit residential property, there is a maximum of 10 items, or the equivalent of 5 cubic metres, per collection.
  • Whenever possible, cushions should be tied up together.

 Accepted items

  • Cushions
  • Mattresses, box springs
  • Sofas, armchairs
  • Upholstered chairs

Some furniture stores will pick up your furniture and upholstered items when delivering new items. Ask about it!

Upholstered articles can also be taken to one of the Ecocentres for recovery.

Pointe-Claire Ecocentre

Public Works Yard
50 Terra-Cotta Avenue, Pointe-Claire
See map

Saint-Laurent Ecocentre

3535 Sarleton Street, Saint-Laurent
H4R 1E6
See map


Hazardous household waste (HHW)

Hazardous household waste is collected on Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12, and September 28 and 29, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

This waste will be collected in the parking lot behind City Hall at 451 Saint-Jean Boulevard.
See map

Accepted materials

  • Adhesives, tar, epoxy, paint remover
  • Aerosols
  • Batteries
  • 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


Other options

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 for a list of these companies.


Polystyrene and plastic number 6

A permanent collection point for polystyrene is located in the Public Works parking lot at 50 Terra-Cotta Avenue.
See map

Recycling instructions

  • Remove labels.
  • Remove adhesive tape.
  • Remove absorbent padding.
  • Clean containers.

Accepted items

1. Expanded polystyrene

  • Styrofoam cups
  • Coolers
  • 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

In order to be recycled, waste must be placed in the correct bin. Otherwise, it will be sent to the landfill.

Non-expanded polystyrene (number 6 plastic): Pilot project complete

Since May 1, 2018, you must place non-expanded polystyrene (number 6 plastic) in the household waste collection again.

Our partner in the project is currently analyzing the procedure, and the City remains open to the possibility of a permanent recovery system.

Thank you for your cooperation in this sustainable development project.


New program for recovery of small electronic items (obsolete or non-functional) and ink cartridges.

Aquatic Centre
60 Maywood Avenue

Accepted materials

  • Chargers
  • Cables
  • Peripherals
  • Ink cartridges
  • Small electronic items (cell phones, peripherals, digital cameras, MP3 and CD players, etc.)

Branch collection on request

Branches are collected on request from May 1 to October 31. Please allow 21 days for this collection.

Branches cut off by a contractor hired to prune or fell a tree are the contractor’s responsibility. For ash trees, please consult a contractor.

For quicker and more efficient service, please follow the new instructions below:

  • Branches must be placed at curbside on your property.
  • The cut end of the branches must be facing the street in order to make them easier to collect.
  • There must not be any debris (soil, roots, metal, etc.) on the branches.
  • The branches must be 10 centimetres (4 inches) or less in diameter.
    (Branches over 10 centimetres in diameter can be brought to the Ecocentre.)
  • The maximum height of all branch piles must be 1.2 metres (4 feet). Branches must be spread out instead of stacked whenever possible.


For information and to request a collection:
Public Works Department
514-630-1230 or

Christmas trees

Christmas trees are collected on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 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).


Special collection

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.