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 your bins at the curb
Return your bins to your garage (or not more than three feet / 1 metre 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 get a blue bin or brown bin
You can request a blue bin/brown bin in person at the Public Works Department, 7001 Mackle Rd., or by calling 514-485-6868, weekdays between 8 am and 4 pm. For blue bins, single family home owners and duplex owners will be asked to pay a one-time fee of $50 to receive their blue bin. Duplex owners will be able to receive a second bin free of charge.
If your blue or brown bin is damaged, you can get a new one free of charge.
Please don’t use store-bought bins like the one in the photo 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.
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.
For garbage, the maximum allowed at a time is:
Three bags, with a limit of 25 kilograms each,
or, One 100-litre receptacle, with a limit of 25 kilograms,
or, One 360-litre receptacle, with a limit of 135 kilograms.
For bulky waste (mattresses, appliances, furniture, etc.) a maximum of three items may be put out at once.
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 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:
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 centre 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
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
Tin cans, covers and lids
Clean aluminum pie plates and foil
Bottle and jars of all shapes and colours (no need to remove labels)
Bottles from any sort of liquid, including shampoo and laundry detergent
Yogurt, margarine, shortening and other similar containers, covers and lids
Grocery and other shopping 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
Foil gift wrap
Composite products (binders)
Metal hardware, pipes, nails, screws
Pots, pans, muffin tins
Small household appliances
Toys and tools made from mixed materials
Porcelain and ceramics, Pyrex and broken dishes
All number 6 plastics (polystyrene)
Toothpaste tubes and pumps
Rubber items (hoses and boots)
Soiled plastic film
Greasy or waxed wrappers
Pool covers and awnings
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
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 centimetres (12 inches) long in bundles of no more than 45 centimetres (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, makeup removal pads
Dryer sheets and lint
Frequently asked questions
Can I put yard waste into the brown bin?
Yes, you can place yard waste, such as grass clippings and weeds, directly into your brown bin or in paper or compostable bags beside the brown bin. If you have a gardener maintaining your lawns, we encourage you to speak with your gardener to ensure he uses your brown bin correctly.
Do I have to sort my garbage?
Yes. You will want to keep two bins in your kitchen—one for organic waste (like vegetable peels, leftover food and soiled napkins) and another for garbage (like Styrofoam cups and certain types of non-recyclable plastics). The city can provide a small kitchen collector that you can use for your organic waste, which you can keep under your sink, or on your counter.
We recommend that you do not use your garburator to dispose of food waste, as it ends up in landfills and can clog sewers. It is not an environmentally friendly way of disposing of organic waste.
How to I prevent leaks and odours?
Newspaper or brown paper bags are absorbent and help reduce odours. Whenever you have some food stuff that is particularly wet or smelly, wrap it in newspaper (before putting it in the paper bag) like your grandma used to do when she brought home fresh fish.
How do I prepare my brown bin for collection?
Option #1: Line your kitchen collector with used newspaper or a paper bag and fill with organics. Wrap the newspaper into a secure bundle, or roll the paper bag closed, and transfer to your brown bin. Place your brown bin at the curb on collection day.
Option #2: Line your brown bin with a larger paper bag or loose newspaper at the bottom. Fill your kitchen collector directly with organics. Transfer the loose organic material into your lined brown bin. Roll the paper bag closed. Place your brown bin at the curb on collection day.
Where can I buy paper bags?
Residents should only use paper bags or newspapers in their kitchen collector or brown bin. Bag to Earth paper bags are sold at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) and Public Works (7001 Mackle Rd.).
Contact Public Works (514-485-6868, email@example.com) to get a second brown bin or blue bin, if you need a different sized bin or if your bin in damaged. Replacement bins are free. Additional brown bins are free. Additional blue bins are $50 each (any size).
Keeping your brown bin clean
Warm weather tips
Cold weather tips
Rinse the brown bin with your garden hose periodically to keep it clean, especially if you don’t line your bin with paper
Capture fruit flies (more common during warm weather) with a bowl of vinegar covered with plastic wrap with several small holes in it. Empty as required
Put salt or vinegar on maggots to kill them. If maggots appear in the brown bin, a fly has laid eggs on some exposed food waste
Wrap wet food waste (e.g. meat, fish, fruit and vegetable waste) in old newspaper or used paper towel
Use the special food waste bag or other paper (e.g. grocery, popcorn, sugar, flour or potato) bags to hold your material
Put meat and fish waste into a paper bag and then in your freezer until collection day
Alternate layers of food waste with layers of dry waste (e.g. leaves, dead plants, sawdust, wood shavings)
Periodically rinse the brown bin using a mild detergent or white vinegar/water solution immediately after collection
Sprinkle a small amount of powdered garden lime, baking soda or powered laundry detergent (no bleach) in the brown bin
Spray your brown bin with cooking oil in the winter to minimize risk of items freezing to the bin and ensure easy removal of waste
Put newspaper in the bottom of your brown bin to prevent contents from freezing
Wrap wet food waste (e.g. meat, fish, fruit and vegetable waste) in old newspapers, used paper towels or cereal boxes
Use popcorn, sugar, flour or potato paper bags to hold your material to prevent waste from freezing to bin
Large paper bin liners may be purchased for your brown bin at local retailers
Store your brown bin in an accessible location during the winter months where there is easy access to the curb
Set out your brown bin the morning of collection day (before 8am) rather than the night before
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 a 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-litre receptacle, with a limit of 25 kilograms,
or, One (1) 360-litre receptacle on wheels, with a limit of 135 kilograms.
You can place a maximum of three (3) bulky items at the curb each week.
Acceptable for bulky waste
Not acceptable for bulky waste
Glass and windows 3 ft X 4 ft
Railway ties NO CREOSOTE
Wood no longer than 1.2 m (4 ft) NO NAILS
Metal no longer than 1.2 m (4 ft)
Gyprock no larger than 3 ft X 4 ft
Hot water tanks
Couch / sofa
Tree trunks and stumps
The City collects 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 7 am. 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 (such as large electric devices)
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 electric items too large to transport yourself, please call Public Works (514 485-6868). The City will pick up these items within 72 hours.
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.