Household Waste

Cubside collection: at a glance

Curbside collection schedule

Curbside collection: schedule

The earliest you can place your items at the curb

You can start placing closed-lid bins at the curb at 10 pm the night before the collection. You can place bulky waste as of noon the day before.

The latest you can place your items at the curb

Place your items at the curb by 7 am.

The latest you can leave you bins at the curb

Return your bins to your garage (or no more than three feet / 1 meter from your home) by midnight on the day of the collection.

Townhouses, apartments, condos, and institutions

For those townhouses that currently take part in curbside organic waste collection, they follow the same schedule as single family homes and duplexes. For all other multi-family complexes and institutions, garbage collection is on Mondays and Thursdays, recycling collection remains on Tuesdays and bulky waste collection is on Wednesdays.

How to place your bins at the curb

Receptacles must be placed at the edge of your driveway, not on the street or sidewalk, with the wheels facing your home and the logo facing the street. All material must be placed inside the receptacle (not beside), and the lid must be properly closed.

If your waste was not collected

Mistakes happen, but before contacting Public Works, please make sure you followed the collection instructions. Did you place it at the curb after the truck passed by or all all the bins on your street still full? Was the lid open (instead of closed)? Was there something in your bin that shouldn’t have been there?

If all instructions were followed, report the situation to Public Works:


Curbside collection: types of waste



Recycling is a process of turning certain waste materials into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfilling) by reducing the need for conventional waste disposal.

Recyclable materials include many kinds of glass, paper, metal, plastic, textiles, and electronics. Materials to be recycled are brought to a collection center or picked up from the curbside, then sorted, cleaned, and reprocessed into new materials bound for manufacturing.

You can mix your recyclables together
You can mix your paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum together. No need to sort, but please clean all cans and containers before placing them in the bin. Also, take all papers and flyers out of plastic bags (e.g., Publisac). Please flatten boxes to save room in your blue bin and inside the collection truck.

Everything must go inside the blue bin
Only items placed inside the blue bin will be collected. In other words, items placed next to the blue bin (such as folded cardboard, moving boxes, etc.) will not be collected.


Acceptable for recycling
Not acceptable for recycling


  • Newspapers
  • Flyers and magazines
  • Paper (even with staples)
  • Envelopes (even with windows)
  • Cereal, frozen food, laundry detergent, shoe and other boxes
  • Cardboard boxes (flattened and tied)
  • Cardboard tubes and rolls
  • File folders
  • Paper bags
  • Telephone books
  • Books


  • Tin cans, covers and lids
  • Hangers
  • Aluminum cans
  • Clean aluminum pie plates and foil


  • Bottle and jars of all shapes and colours (no need to remove labels)

Hard plastics

  • Bottles from any sort of liquid, including shampoo and laundry detergent
  • Yogurt, margarine, shortening and other similar containers, covers and lids

Soft plastics

  • Grocery and other shopping bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Bread and pastry bags (grease-free)
  • Clean food storage bags
  • Plastic wrappers (from milk, paper towels, etc.)


  • Soiled or greasy paper or cardboard
  • Wax paper, stickers and wallpaper
  • Photographic paper
  • Foil gift wrap
  • Padded envelopes
  • Composite products (binders)
  • Diapers


  • Metal hardware, pipes, nails, screws
  • Pots, pans, muffin tins
  • Small household appliances
  • Toys and tools made from mixed materials
  • Scrap metal


  • Drinking glasses
  • Porcelain and ceramics, Pyrex and broken dishes

Hard plastics

  • All number 6 plastics (polystyrene)
  • Toothpaste tubes and pumps
  • Rubber items (hoses and boots)
  • Tires

Soft plastics

  • Soiled plastic film
  • Greasy or waxed wrappers
  • Stretch wrap
  • Pool covers and awnings


Organic waste

In the simplest terms, organic waste is household food waste and garden waste. Until now, we referred to that kind of thing as garbage. But like paper, plastic, glass and aluminum, we can recycle organic waste. Your orange peels, uneaten barbecue chicken, and leaf and grass waste are sent to a processing plant in Montreal East run by the company EBI, where it is transformed into valuable, nutrient-rich compost for gardens.


Acceptable for organic waste
Not acceptable for organic waste

Household organic waste

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Pasta, bread and cereal
  • Meat and fish products
  • Dairy products and egg shells
  • Coffee grounds, coffee filters and tea bags
  • Cake, cookies and candy
  • Soiled paper towels and tissues
  • Soiled paper and cardboard food packaging (pizza boxes, popcorn bags, flour bags)
  • Pet waste and other kitty litter

Leaf and outdoor waste

  • Household plants
  • Grass clippings, weeds and other yard waste
  • Dead and fallen leaves
  • Flowers and potted plants (including the discarded earth)
  • Bark, wood chips and sawdust
  • Small branches less than 30 centimeters (12 inches) long in bundles of no more than 45 centimeters (18 inches) in diameter
  • Plastic wrap and styrofoam trays
  • Diapers and sanitary products
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Wood, ashes and cigarette butts
  • Wax, wax paper and chewing gum
  • Vacuum bags and their contents
  • Hair, pet fur and feathers
  • Cotton balls, make-up removal pads
  • Dryer sheets and lint



The city will collect your small branches on Mondays as part of the organic waste collection. However, we ask that you follow these rules to prepare the branches for pick-up. The branches must be less than 122 centimetres (48 inches) long and less than 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter. They must be long tied in bundles or no more than 45 centimetres (18 inches) in diameter.

If the branches are more than 122 centimetres (48 inches) long, the city will not pick them up. 



For garbage, the maximum allowed at the curb is:

  • Three (3) bags, with a limit of 25 kilograms each,
  • or, One (1) 100-liter receptacle, with a limit of 25 kilograms,
  • or, One (1) 360-liter receptacle on wheels, with a limit of 135 kilograms.


Bulky waste

You can place a maximum of three bulky items at the curb each week.


Acceptable for bulky waste

Not acceptable bulky waste

  • Glass and windows 3ft X4ft    
  • Railway ties  NO CREOSOTE
  • Wood no longer than 1.2m (4ft) NO NAILS
  • Metal no longer than 1.2m (4ft)
  • Gyprock no larger than 3ft X 4ft
  • Cabinets
  • tubs
  • bookcases
  • desks
  • chairs
  • filing cabinets
  • bedroom furniture
  • sink
  • large boxes
  • mirrors
  • rigid plastics 
  • doors
  • hot water tanks
  • tables
  • toilets
  • bicycles
  • matresses
  • couch / sofa
  • bulky chair
  • Asphalt
  • Concrete
  • Rocks
  • Earth
  • Similar materials
  • Roof tiles
  • Tires
  • Pool covers
  • Tree trunks and stumps
  • Fences



Christmas trees

The city collect Christmas trees placed at the curb on Wednesdays typically starting the second week in January until the final Wednesday in January. You must place the tree at the curb by 7am. After that date, you will need to bring the tree to the Public Works Yard to dispose of it. The trees will eventually be chipped. So, it is critical that you not tie the tree nor place it in a plastic bag or any type of covering. Also, please strip the tree of lights, cords, and decorations.


Special pick-ups

Some items cannot be placed in blue bins, brown bins, regular waste or bulky waste. This includes mostly large electric devices like refrigerators, air conditioners, water coolers, dehumidifiers, televisions, vacuums and so on.

For items too large to transport yourself, the city will pick up these items at the curb by appointment on any day of the week. Call Public Works to arrange a pick up time. (For items small enough to fit in your trunk, residents must bring them to the Public Works Yard, and drop it off at the e-waste bin. You can also drop it off at the Écocentre Côte-des-Neiges (6928 Côte-des-Neiges Rd.). Please call 514-872-0384 to inquire about opening hours.)



The Big Drop Off

On August 25, 2019, from 9am to 5pm a collection day is held so that residents can bring hazardous household waste for safe disposal. You can drop off the following kinds of items at Public Works:

  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Electronic waste
  • Polystyrene (plastic #6)
  • Documents to be shredded

Hazardous household waste (HHW)

Hazardous household waste consists of materials that are toxic and should never be thrown in the garbage, dumped on land, or poured down the drain or sewer.

Many common household products contain hazardous chemicals that can pose a threat to living organisms if released into the environment, contaminating the air, water, and/or soil. Pesticides, fertilizers and other products can run off lawns and gardens into storm drains and streams, polluting fresh water. Solvents can escape into the atmosphere from the normal use of cleaners, paints and aerosol sprays, as well as accidental spills or improper disposal. Storing old chemicals around the house can be a potential fire hazard, as well as a potential threat to your children and pets.

Acceptable for
HHW drop-off
Not acceptable for
HHW drop-off
  • Paints (latex, alkyd, enamel), stains, varnishes, primers, rust , varnish, aluminum paint, acrylic sealer, wood preservatives, linseed oil
  • Motor oils , empty containers and filters
  • Vegetable oils
  • Batteries ( lead / acid ) ;
  • Rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries
  • Cleaning products or cleaners , degreasers, leads Conduit
  • Turpentine, Varsol, gasoline, fuel, thinners, alcohol, shellac
  • Pesticides and fertilizers
  • Pool chemicals
  • Adhesives, tar, epoxy, cleaner
  • Aerosol cans
  • Propane tanks
  • Materials containing mercury (such as fluorescent light bulbs and thermometers)
  • CFLs and fluorescent tubes 


  • Medicines
  • Asbestos
  • PCB-containing products
  • Explosive-containing products
  • Biomedical waste
  • Radioactive waste
  • Firearms and ammunitions
  • Fireworks or Bengal lights
  • Compressed gas tanks other than propane (ex . insulating foam, welding gas , helium, oxygen)
  • Contaminated soil
  • Tires

How do I dispose of HHW?

  1. HHW can be dropped off at the Public Works depot (7001 Mackle Rd.)

    Monday to Thursday: from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and from 12 pm to 2:45 pm
    Friday: from 7:30 am to 11:30 am

    If you visit off hours, there is a very large yellow bin on the outside of the fence where you can leave your items.


  2. HHW can also be dropped off at no cost at in any Écocentre. The closest one is the Écocentre Côte-des-Neiges (6928 Côte-des-Neiges Rd.). Please call 514-872-0384 to inquire about opening  hours.Proof of residency and photo ID are required.
  3. Every year in August, a collection day is held so that residents can bring hazardous household waste for safe disposal. HHW collection days in other communities are also open to Côte Saint-Luc residents. Dates will be posted, or call the Public Works Department for more information at 514-485-6868.

Other locations to dispose of different hazardous household waste

Used tires, motor oil and car batteries
These can be dropped off at different retailers such as Canadian Tire and Goodyear, as well as at Eco-centres.

Oils, oil and latex paints and dyes
These can be dropped off at any RONA Dismat store.

Propane tanks
Certain propane sellers accept used tanks for recycling.

Expired medication
Drug stores will take back outdated medication.

Rechargeable batteries are commonly found in devices such as cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras and remote control toys. The City of Côte Saint-Luc participates in the Call2Recycle program of the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC).

For portable phones, cell phones and other electronic devices, several drop-off locations in Côte Saint-Luc are available, including:

  • Public Works Department Building (7001 Mackle Rd.), which is open weekdays from 8 am to 4 pm
  • Parks and Recreation Department Building (7500 Mackle Rd.), which is open weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.), which is open weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

RBRC also provides a list of their drop-off locations in Montreal to help you find the location nearest you.

The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation recycles the following battery chemistries: Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead (Pb).

Before dropping off your batteries, please tape the positive (+) ends. Batteries that are not 100% discharged may come into contact with each other and create a short that causes a battery to overheat, and possibly result in fire. By taping the positive (+) end of batteries, you'll help eliminate the possibility of accidents from occurring during storage and shipping.


Electronic waste

Electronic waste may be defined as discarded computers, office electronic equipment, entertainment device electronics, mobile phones, television sets, among other things. These items can contain hazardous substances such as mercury, lead, cadmium, chromium and PBDEs, and therefore must be disposed of properly, and not in your weekly garbage collection.

How do I dispose of electronic waste?

  • Electronic waste can be dropped off at the Public Works depot (7001 Mackle Rd.)

    Monday to Thursday: 8 am to 11:30 am, and 12 pm to 2:30 pm
    Friday: 8 am to 11:30 am

  • Residents can also request a special pick up of e-waste by calling Public Works at 514-485-6868.
  • Electronic waste can also be dropped off at Écocentre Côte-des-Neiges (6928 Côte-des-Neiges Rd.). The service is free for residents who drop-off limited amounts in a private vehicle, but a fee will apply for larger loads or drop-offs by contractors.

    Proof of residency and photo ID are required.

    To find out the opening hours of the Écocentre Côte-des-Neiges, call them at 514-872-3517.

  • Electronic waste is also accepted at the special collection day for Hazardous Household Waste. See the Hazardous Household Waste page for dates and times.
  • View list of acceptable / not acceptable items at

Construction, renovation and demotion waste (CRD waste)

CRD waste is non-domestic waste such as material from construction, demolition or home renovation.

There are two ways to dispose of CRD:

  1. CRD can be dropped off at the Public Works Yard (7001 Mackle). Fees may apply.
    • Monday to Thursday: 7:30 am to 9 am, 9:15 am to 11:30 am, and 12 pm to 2:45 pm
    • Friday: 7:30 am to 9 am and 9:15 am to 11:30 am
  2. CRD waste can also be dropped off at Écocentre Côte-des-Neiges (6928 Côte-des-Neiges Rd.) or at the Écocentre Lasalle (7272 Saint-Patrick St.) The service is free for residents who drop-off limited amounts in a private vehicle, but a fee will apply for larger loads or drop-offs by contractors. Please call the Écocentre to inquire about their opening hours: Écocentre Côte-des-Neiges can be reached at 514-872-3517 and Écocentre Lasalle can be reached at 514-872-4899. Proof of residency and photo ID are required.

for CRD drop off at Public Works Yard

Not acceptable
for CRD drop off at Public Works Yard

  • Asphalt

  • Concrete

  • Rocks

  • Ceramics

  • Similar materials

  • Metals

  • Gyprock

  • Large windows

  • Wood with nails

  • Roof tiles

  • Tree trunks and stumps

  • Fences

  • Earth
  • Tires

New bins

Contact Public Works to get a second brown bin or blue bin or a new bin.

  • Damaged bins: Blue bins are free. Brown bins are free.
  • Extra bins: An additional blue bin is $50*. An additional brown bin is free.
  • New properties: Blue bins cost $50. Brown bins are free.

* Note: Duplex owners are entitles to a second blue bin for free.


Don't use these store-bought bins

Please don't use bins like the one in the photo below because it greater than 100 litres and too heavy to be picked up by hand by crews. This model is not equipped to be lifted by the lever at the back of the truck.

Don't use this trash bin


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