Garbage & Recycling

The City of Westmount’s waste management goal is to reduce the amount of garbage that goes to landfill. Residents are strongly encouraged to use the recycling, composting and reuse programs in place to divert the maximum amount of their garbage from the waste stream. Scroll over the icons on the map for more information.

The City of Westmount offers a weekly door to door collection of cardboard and paper for small to medium size businesses, located in the commercial sectors of Greene Ave., Ste. Catherine, Victoria and Sherbrooke Street West.

Collection is every Tuesday starting at 10:00 a.m. Properly prepared material is collected directly from the place of business via the laneway or curbside for those who do not have access to the public laneway.

MATERIALS COLLECTED

Only cardboard and paper are collected for recycling through this program.

  • All items must be clean and free of food residue.
  • All cardboard boxes must be flattened and bundled together or neatly placed in another cardboard box
  • Paper must be in a plastic recycling bags
  • DO NOT include Styrofoam, plastic film or bubble wrap in the recycling; these items will not be collected

POINTS TO REMEMBER

  • Clean plastic, metal and glass containers can be recycled at the permanent depot located at the Public Works yard, 1 rue Bethune
  • If you miss the collection on your street, you can bring your materials to the permanent depot
  • The permanent depot is open to the public Monday through Friday from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE

The program is free of charge but businesses must register with the Public Works office to participate. You may register by contacting Public Works at 514-989-5390 during regular business hours.

Composting at home is a simple way to do your part and reduce the amount of garbage going into our landfills. You’ll also be making your own high-quality fertilizer for your lawn or garden, and that’s great for the environment and your pocketbook!

In Westmount, organic materials make up nearly 40% of garbage produced by the average household. Composting is a simple way to do your part and reduce the amount of garbage going into our landfills.

Looking for free fertilizer?

Start composting today, and within no time you’ll have free, high-quality fertilizer for your lawn or garden. Finished compost spread on your lawn and gardens increases the nutrient content of the soil, helps prevent weeds and discourages harmful insects.

Composting at home is easy

To compost at home, it’s best to use a container with a lid, like the home composter available for sale from the City. You don’t need much space, only about 1 m2. This space could be anywhere in your back yard, and should be:

  • easily accessible from the garden
  • slightly shaded and out of the wind
  • not in a depression, where water could accumulate
  • To make sure your home composting is successful, it’s best to use only organic materials from plants. Alternating layers of kitchen scraps and garden waste will let you create a balanced compost that will decompose easily.

Compostable Materials

To make sure your home composting is successful, it’s best to use only organic materials from plants. Otherwise your compost could give off strong odours and attract neighbourhood animals.

Kitchen Scraps
  • fruit and vegetable peelings
  • over-ripe fruit and vegetables
  • fruit and vegetable trimmings (with a few exceptions)
  • bread
  • pasta
  • rice
  • tea bags
  • paper coffee filters
  • coffee grounds
  • egg shells
Yard Waste
  • dead leaves (small amounts at a time)
  • garden trimmings
  • straw, hay
  • wilted flowers, dead plants
  • dirt
  • wood chips
  • grass clippings (preferably dried)
  • small prunings
From around the house
  • newspaper (shredded)
  • paper towels
  • hair
  • feathers
  • sawdust
  • wood ash
  • indoor plants and their soil, if you wish

Why wait? Get your composter today.

Westmount Public Works makes composting even easier by offering homeowners backyard composters for only $30. These units are lightweight and easy to install, making sure that you can start composting right away.

‘Soil Saver’ Composter
Dimensions: 28” x 28″ x 32” (h)
Capacity: 12 ft3
Black recycled plastic construction

Get your composter today by bringing proof of residence (driver’s license, property tax or utility bill) and your payment to the Public Works office at the Corporation Yard (1 Bethune Street).

Greening the environment begins with you…

Renovating part of your house? Before starting, think about what you will do with construction, renovation debris (CRD). Rather than trucking it off to a local dump, you can do your part to help the environment. Did you know that CRD can be collected for recycling and reuse? Choosing a sustainable solution is easier than ever. Together, we can make Westmount greener.

Each of the following can be recycled: Debris from your renovation project can be used for:
wood, beams, pallets plywood, wood chips, energy production, etc.
concrete, brick, asphalt, rock, etc. building roads
uncontaminated soil horticulture and landfill cover
metal: iron, aluminum, copper, wires, gutters, etc. new metal
used building materials: toilets, sinks, baths, shingles, etc. other new construction or renovation materials
glass, plastic, PVC glass, plastic, etc.

Green disposal of your construction and renovation debris is simple. Your local Ecocentre can handle all your needs. Up to 12 cubic metres will be accepted for free. Two eco-centres are conveniently located nearby, available to all Westmount residents. Remember to bring a proof of residence.

Eco-centre Cote-des-Neiges
6925 Cote-des-Neiges Road, Montreal (Sud-Ouest)
Eco-centre LaSalle
7272 St. Patrick Street, Montreal (LaSalle)

Tel: 514 872-8359

Best Practices Guide – Preparing Your Site

Setting up your demolition project means making sure containers are ready to handle a variety of debris. Doing so with best practice standards can minimize the impact on the environment (and your neighbours). To achieve these standards, we recommend:

sorting your construction debris in separate, smaller containers by material (i.e. metal, wood, glass, etc.) attaching a chute to funnel materials into the container placing a tarp over the top to minimize dust impact

Major Projects:

Tell your contractor or architect you want to invest in the environment! Find a CRD recycling company at the RECYC-QUÉBEC Web site. Search for Résidus CRD, or the specific item.

So, you’ve upgraded your computer…

New technology is great – machines keep getting smaller, faster and more energy-efficient – but when we bring home that new cell phone, DVD player or computer, what do we do with the old ones?

E-waste is not garbage

They may be stable while in use, but electronics can release very toxic materials into a landfill, including heavy metals like lead, mercury and cadmium, plus pvc plastic and flame-retardant chemicals.

E-waste is hazardous waste and should be reused and recycled so that toxic chemicals do not find their way into our drinking water and food.

What you can do

Clean the hard drive

Before donating or recycling a computer, make sure all the data and program files have been backed up, then erase the hard drive.

Most hard drives can be wiped clean by re-installing the operating system. If you need help to do this, consult your retailer, or the software or hardware manufacturers’ web sites.

Dispose of your batteries too

When you dispose of your e-waste, don’t forget to recycle the batteries. All dry-cell batteries used in cameras, phones and other electronic devices will be accepted at all municipal buildings, including:

  • Public Works , 1 Bethune Street
  • Fire Station 76 , 19 Stanton Street
  • City Hall, 4333 Sherbrooke
  • Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke
  • Municipal Library, 4574 Sherbrooke
  • Hydro Westmount, 995 Glen

Batteries are also accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste collection, held twice a year in Westmount.

There’s more.

Most ink and toner cartridges can also be reused or recycled. Check the manufacturers’ web sites for more information.

Permanent E-Waste Depot

Recycle your e-waste now!

Safe and responsible disposal is available today in Westmount. A permanent depot is now open at the Public Works Yard on Bethune Street. E-waste is also accepted at the annual hazardous waste collections.

Permanent E-Waste Depot
Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Seven days a week
Open to Westmount residents

Which items are accepted?

Accepted Not Accepted
  • desktop and laptop computers;
  • printers and other components;
  • video games systems;
  • cameras and camcorders;
  • television sets, radios, VCRs, DVD players and CD players;
  • cellular phones & answering machines;
  • photocopiers, fax machines, scanners and modems
  • stereos.
  • Small appliances, coffee makers, hairdryers, etc.;
  • DVD and CD discs;
  • cassette, VHS or any other magnetic tape;
  • microwave ovens;
  • vacuum cleaners;
  • electric toothbrushes and razors.

What happens to them?

Usable equipment may be refurbished for sale or donation to schools or charitable organizations. Other items are dismantled and the toxic parts removed for recycling or safe disposal.

For a complete list of accepted products, visit: recyclemyelectronics.ca/qc/.

Garbage is picked up once a week. In the eastern section of Westmount, collections are on Thursdays; in the western section, on Fridays. There is no garbage collection on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, weekends and the following public holidays: December 25 (Christmas Day) and January 1st (New Year’s Day).

Garbage must be left at the rear of buildings or in a city-designated area and can be put out at after 8 p.m. the night before collection. All refuse must be out by 8 a.m. on collection days and must be securely enclosed in bags, even when in containers.

Special disposal is required for the following items:

  • Commercial waste is the responsibility of business owners if it exceeds 6 regular bags per collection day.
  • Bulky items (appliances and furniture) should be placed at the front on garbage day; please advise Public Works at 514 989-5311. Usable appliances and furniture are accepted at Montreal’s Eco-Centres.
  • Used appliances are often collected by retailers when a new one is delivered; check with your supplier. Otherwise, appliances may be placed outside at the front on garbage day, but Public Works must be advised the day before or the morning of the collection at 514 989-5311 to ensure they will be recycled. Appliances may also be brought to the scrap metal depot at the Public Works Yard on Bethune Street.
  • Metal items are accepted at the scrap metal depot at the Public Works Yard.
  • Refrigerators and other appliances containing CFCs should be placed outside at the front on garbage day, but Public Works must be advised the day before or the morning of the collection at 514 989-5311.
  • Renovation and construction debris is NOT accepted in the regular collection and must be disposed of by private contractor or brought to an Eco-Centre.
  • Christmas trees are collected in season and chipped for mulch. Remove all decorations and place the tree on the lawn behind the sidewalk. For more information, call Public Works, 514 989-5311.

Westmount is committed to reducing the amount of material it sends to landfill. Garden waste disposal is an important component of waste diversion. Some garden waste can be mulched to be used as a rich organic fertilizer. Grass clippings and leaves can be left on your lawn and mowed over to return vital nutrients and water to your grass, which promotes a lusher, greener lawn.

If neither mulching nor composting is a viable option for your household, you can dispose of garden waste through the Garden Waste collection.

From April – September all garden waste will be collected on Wednesdays by City crews. Make sure it is placed curbside by 7 a.m.

Garden waste includes:

  • Residue from the spring garden clean-up and other landscaping activity
  • Residue from de-thatching your lawn
  • Residue from your vegetable garden or fruit trees
  • Small branches up to 2.5 cm diameter, not exceeding 1 meter in length; ensure they are bundled and tied with natural twine ( no plastic cords)
  • Weeds and grass trimmings

Please follow the guidelines below for the collection:

All garden waste must be placed in paper yard waste bags. Garden waste can also be placed loose in an open rigid plastic or metal container. Leave the top off the containers so that collection crews can see the contents. Containers must not exceed 20 kg in weight.

Autumn Leaf Collection

Starting the beginning of October, Public Works crews will collect leaves and other garden waste that are bagged in paper yard waste bags for the curbside collection. All leaves and garden waste are sent to a compost facility; therefore it is vital that only leaves and garden waste be included in your bags.

Use ONLY PAPER YARD WASTE BAGS to dispose of garden waste. (These bags are available at local hardware, grocery or similar stores.) Waste in any other type of bag WILL NOT BE collected for composting.

IMPORTANT: As per municipal by-law 1425, it is illegal to blow leaves, grass clippings and garden debris onto sidewalks or roadways. Violators could be subject to a fine.

Acceptable garden waste

all garden debris, grass clippings, leaves, twigs (up to 1 inch in diameter) and all other compostable garden waste.

Westmounters can take advantage of TWO ways to make sure their autumn leaves get composted:

Garden Waste Bag Collection

  • Curbside pick-up of bagged garden waste will take place from Monday to Friday throughout October and November.
  • Place your bags behind the sidewalk before 7 a.m. for collection by City crews.
  • Bags left with the garbage will NOT be picked up for collection.

If your bags are properly prepared, but are not picked up within three business days, please contact us at 514-989-5311.

Container at Public Works Yard:

  • Dispose of your leaves at any time in the large container set up at the Public Works Yard at 1 Bethune Street.
  • Residents and professional gardeners may bring bags of leaves or garden waste and empty them into the container.

These regulations apply both to residents who maintain their own lawns and gardens and to private contractors (landscapers, etc.).

Tree Branches

Disposal of all cut branches resulting from tree trimming work executed by private contractors are the responsibility of the contractor.

Fallen or broken branches from City trees along road ways or in public areas should be reported to Public Works at 514-989-5311.

In May 2009, Westmount completed the implementation of its door-to-door residential collection of kitchen waste.

Each single-family home and apartment building with eight units or less received a green bin, a comprehensive information package and a free supply of compostable liner bags.

Kitchen waste makes up as much as 40% of the contents of a garbage bag.  These materials can be composted and should not be sent to a landfill.

Residents are encouraged to collect organic waste including vegetable and fruit peels, bread, pasta, rice, meat, fish, and other food items, as well as food soiled paper napkins, paper towel and pizza boxes. The contents of the green bin are collected once a week and transported to a specialized composting facility. The finished compost will be used as a soil amendment and fertilizer.

Green bin are picked up once a week; in the eastern section of Westmount, collections are on Mondays; in the western section on Tuesdays. There is no kitchen waste collection on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays or weekends, nor on the following public holidays: December 25th (Christmas Day) and January 1st (New Year’s Day).

Green bins remain the property of the city and must be left in the home when you move. New residents requiring a green bin should contact Public Works at 514-989-5390. Broken or damaged bins can be replaced at the Public Works offices, 1 Bethune during regular office hours. A proof of residency is required.

The Dos and Don’ts

  • Collection made simple
  • Accepted Materials
  • Materials Not Accepted
  • Think twice!

Collection made simple

  • Always line your green bin with a compostable or paper bag and fill with organic waste.
  • Kitchen waste can be wrapped in paper towel or newspaper before being put into the green bin. Waste can be in any form; fresh, frozen, dried, cooked or spoiled.

On Collection Day

On collection day, knot the liner bag closed and place the green bin where you would normally put your garbage between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Accepted Materials

ACCEPTED
Fruits and vegetables Egg shells & dairy products
Pasta, bread and cereal Meat, fish, seafood, chicken, bones, skin, entrails
Pizza/donut boxes, microwave popcorn bags, flour/sugar bags Cakes, cookies and candy
Coffee grounds, filters, tea bags Small house plants and clippings
Soiled paper towels, tissues, paper tablecloths and napkins

Materials Not Accepted

NOT ACCEPTED
All recyclable material including clean paper & cardboard, glass, metal and plastic Diapers and sanitary products, Q-tips®, makeup removal pads
Dryer sheets (Bounce®), disposable cleaning pads (Swiffer®) Hair, feathers and animal fur, dead animals (hamsters, birds, squirrels), cat litter, faeces
Paints, motor oil and any household hazardous materials Vacuum bags and their contents
Corks, leather, textiles, clothing Wood, cigarette ashes and butts, fireplace and barbecue ashes

Also not accepted:

plastic wrap, baggies, sandwich bags, Styrofoam trays, tray liners to absorb meat juices, juice boxes, milk containers, plastic milk bags, waxed paper, juice boxes, ice cream cartons, frozen food boxes, aluminum foil, wax and chewing gum.
THINK TWICE!

Absolutely no plastic!

Any material containing plastic – no matter how small – is NOT compostable and should NEVER be put in the green bin.

Use paper or compostable bags ONLY!

Look for the special logos when purchasing compostable bags:

What is the purpose of this new programme?

The City is improving its waste collection programme by launching a dedicated kitchen waste collection service for all single-family dwellings in Westmount. Residents are required to separate their materials into three categories for weekly collection:

  • Kitchen waste (green bin)
  • Recycling (blue box)
  • Garbage: non-recyclable, non-compostable materials

The kitchen waste collection will allow Westmount to significantly reduce the amount of garbage buried in landfill and will help us meet our goal of 60% waste diversion, as required by provincial regulations. The process of composting also transforms organic residues into a rich fertilizer, which can then be used for gardening and landscaping projects.

What is organic waste?

Organic material is the product of living things. It could be fruits, vegetables, meat, leaves, plants or twigs. All organic material will break down (biodegrade) into compost under the right conditions. Compost is rich in minerals and nutrients, and is used as a fertilizer or soil amendment to improve the physical properties of the soil.

What happens with my kitchen waste?

The organic material will be taken to a compost facility where under the right conditions it will decompose into high-nutrient compost. This process takes approximately 3 to 6 months. The finished product will then have a second life as fertilizer or soil amendment.

The kitchen waste collected in this programme can be in any form; fresh, frozen, dried, cooked or even spoiled. Its state will not affect the composting process.

How do I participate?

Participation is easy. Use a compostable bag to line your bin and start collecting your food waste. The bin can be stored inside your home or outside. If you are worried about odours during the summer months you can store food items that might give off strong odours in a small container (margarine or ice cream tub) in your freezer and add them to the green bin on collection day.

On the collection day, your green bin must be left where you would normally leave your garbage by 8 a.m.

Do I have to use a bag to line the green bin?

Due to health and safety concerns for the employees emptying the green bin all material placed in the bin must be securely contained in newspaper, paper bags or compostable bags that are closed or tied. Please do not use twist ties. Do not put kitchen waste loose in your green bin.

If you choose to use liner bags, only certified compostable bags are accepted in municipal compost facilities. Look for the special compostable logo.

Can I use a regular plastic bag for my kitchen and garden waste?

The material in your green bin will be sent to a composting site. Any plastic bag used to collect organic material will contaminate the finished compost and result in additional costs to the City. The compostable bags designed for your green bin are made of corn starch and will break down in a compost site. Only compostable bags can be used in the kitchen waste collection. Look for the special logos when purchasing compostable bags.

Isn’t the organic material going to smell?

Organic material has a higher percentage of water. Wrapping it in newspaper before putting it in your green bin will help control odour and excess moisture.

Do I have to participate?

Participation is strongly recommended. Reducing the amount of garbage that is sent to landfill is everyone’s responsibility. Programmes such as the kitchen waste and recycling collection help divert material from landfill. Participating in these programmes shows your commitment to a healthy city.

I already compost. Should I stop?

If you compost at home using a backyard composter, there is no need to stop. We encourage you to use your green bin for items that you cannot put into your backyard composter, such as meat, fish or dairy products. The City continues to offer backyard composters for sale through the Public Works office.

Can I put my garden waste in the green bin?

Garden waste such as plants, grass clipping, trimmings, small branches (under 1” in diameter), and leaves are collected separately through the garden waste collection on Wednesdays. All garden waste material must be placed in paper yard waste bags. Garden waste can also be placed loose in rigid, open topped, plastic or metal containers, such as a standard garbage can. Containers must not exceed 20 kg in weight.

Kitchen waste and garden waste are transported to two separate composting sites therefore the materials cannot be combined during the collection.

How will the kitchen waste collection improve the environment?

By properly composting organic waste in a dedicated facility, we reduce the amount of methane and other greenhouse gases that are released into the air. The resulting high-nutrient fertilizer can also be used to enrich the soil. Organic waste that is sent to landfill creates excessive amounts of methane and other gases, which contribute to climate change.

Where can I purchase extra materials for the kitchen and garden waste collection?

Extra green bins, counter containers, compostable bags and paper yard waste bags are available for sale at hardware stores in Westmount, including :

  • Canadian Tire, Alexis-Nihon Plaza, 1500 Atwater Avenue
  • Hogg Hardware, 4833 Sherbrooke Street W.
  • Home Depot, 4625 St-Antoine Street W.
  • Pharmaprix, 5038 Sherbrooke Street W.
  • Pharmaprix, Alexis-Nihon Plaza, 1500 Atwater Avenue
  • RONA Le Quincaillier, 2371 Notre-Dame Street W.
  • Walmart, 6797 Newman Boulevard

TIPS AND TRICKS to keep your green bin running smoothly

Cleanliness

All organic material must be bagged in either a certified compostable or paper bag. You can use a small container in the kitchen to collect kitchen waste and transfer it to the green bin as needed. You can also put your kitchen waste directly into the green bin. Whichever method you choose, always make sure either the small container or the green bin is lined with a compostable or paper bag. But remember, two bags are not necessary; there is no need to line both containers.

  • Do not put material loose in the bin.
  • Place balled up newspaper or a paper egg carton at the bottom of your empty green bin before lining it with a compostable or paper bag. This will absorb any excess moisture.
  • Wrap wet food waste tightly in a sheet of old newspaper or used paper towel before adding it to your bin.
  • Place meat and fish waste in a covered plastic container and store in the freezer. Only transfer this to your green bin on collection day.
  • Alternating layers of food waste and used paper towel or food-soiled paper will help minimize the occurrence of fruit flies.
Odours
  • Use a smaller container lined with a certified compostable or paper bag to collect organic material during cooking and clean-up time in the kitchen. Transfer the contents of this smaller container to the green bin every two or three days.
  • Store meat or fish leftovers in a small covered plastic container in your freezer and empty it into your green bin on collection day.
  • Periodically rinse your green bin with a vinegar / water solution and let dry completely.
  • Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda in the green bin to reduce odors.
  • Wrap food waste in old newspaper; the paper helps absorb odours.
  • Keep your green bin dry by leaving the lid open after the collection to dry completely.
  • Set you green bin out for collection every week, even if it is not full.
  • Only add strong-smelling organic material to the green bin as close to collection day as possible.
  • Cover your kitchen waste with a layer of garden waste (dried leaves or grass)
Squirrels, skunks and raccoons

As residents of Westmount we share our city with a variety of urban wildlife most are nocturnal and will roam the neighborhood during the night looking for easy sources of food.

  • Wildlife is attracted by strong odours of food. Reduce your chances of attracting them by following some of the tips for odours listed above.
  • Place your green bin in a garbage shelter or garage where it is inaccessible to animals.
  • Raccoons sometimes knock bins over hoping the fall will cause the lid to open. Use a bungee cord or other similar cord to secure the green bin to the railings on your deck or balcony. Similarly, you can secure it to a fence post to keep it from being knocked over.
  • You can hang your green bin from hooks attached to a post, keeping the bottom of the bin approximately 18 inches off the ground. This prevents the bin from being tipped over and makes it difficult for wildlife to open the bin.
  • A bungee cord can be used to tie down the green bin lid. Run the cord over the lid and hook to the lip of the container body.

Apply a small amount of Vicks VapoRub on the edge of the lid. The strong scent will deter animals.

Special precautions during the winter

During the winter season, wildlife can become more persistent in looking for sources of food. Squirrels have been known to chew through the cover of green bins to access the contents. Storing the green bin in a garage or garbage shelter during the week can prevent squirrels from having access to the bin. Similarly the green bin can be stored in a metal garbage can with the lid securely attached to keep squirrels out. On collection day the green bin should be set out for collection.

Many household, automotive and gardening products are even more harmful to the environment if improperly discarded. Westmount hosts a special collection day each spring and fall when residents may bring products for safe disposal. Hazardous or toxic products must not go in the regular garbage nor down the drain, but should instead be brought to the Hazardous Waste Collections:

For more information on disposal of hazardous waste or any other material, contact Public Works.

Special Collection Days

Spring Collection
Saturday, April 29, 2017
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Westmount Municipal Library parking lot
4574 Sherbrooke St. West
Fall Collection
Saturday, September 23, 2017
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Westmount Municipal Library parking lot
4574 Sherbrooke St. West

Dispose of your HHW safely at the collection site.

The City does not have any permanent facility for hazardous waste.

For public security reasons, it is strictly forbidden to pour or empty products on site or to leave your HHW outside designated hours. Any HHW in open, leaky or large containers (more than 20 litres / 5 gallons) will be refused.

[icon name=”check-circle-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Accepted materials

  • Paint
  • solvents
  • cleaners
  • pesticides
  • batteries (dry-cell and car batteries)
  • antifreeze
  • motor oil
  • propane tanks or anything marked corrosive, reactive or flammable.
  • pesticides and fertilizers
  • swimming pool chemicals
  • aerosol cans
  • fluorescent tube lights and CFLs
  • nail polish

[icon name=”times-circle-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Not accepted

  • Appliances
  • asbestos
  • tires
  • CFCs and all commercial waste.
  • biomedical waste
  • radioactive waste
  • ammunitions and firearms
  • fireworks, road flares
  • medications

Can’t make it to Westmount’s collection?

Collection days in neighbouring communities are also open to Westmounters. For the exact dates and locations, consult the

2016 HHW Calendar

 

In additional, some stores collect used nickel-cadmium batteries or others; check with your retailer. Orange bags are also available for storage and as reminders to collect dry-cell batteries; pick one up at the Public Works Office on Bethune Street.

Eco-centres

Can’t make it to one of the mobile Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection days? Westmounters can also dispose of hazardous materials at an Écocentre .

Écocentres are open to all residents and property owners in the Montréal urban agglomeration.

Residents and property owners have access to seven écocentres in the Montréal urban agglomeration.

Access is free with a proof of residence and an ID. Écocentres are open five or seven days a week, depending on the season.

Écocentres help to reduce the volume of waste sent to landfills as well as greenhouse gas emissions.

Écocentres accept items that are a health hazard or harmful to the environment, construction waste, metal, electronic devices, clothing and reusable items.

For more information on the écocentres, the items that are accepted, addresses, schedules, size of vehicles and maximum weight, and applicable rates (if any), please call 514 872-0384 or visit:www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/ecocentres.

The two Écocentres nearest to Westmount:

Écocentre Côte-des-Neiges
6925 Côte-des-Neiges Road (next to Maxi)

Écocentre LaSalle
7272 St. Patrick Street (LaSalle)

Please note that the former Écocentre situated on Eadie Street is permanently closed.

Hours
Apr 15 – Oct 14: daily, 8 h – 18 h
Oct 15 – Apr 14: Tues-Sat 10 h – 18 h; Sun & Mon closed

Note: schedule in effect on legal holidays, except December 22 to 26 and December 29 to January 2.

Small building contractors, click here for conditions regarding the use of écocentres (in French).

Use the following links to find the closest locations to dispose of your hazardous waste.

  • Paints and stains:  ecopeinture.ca
  • Motor oil and used oil filters:  SOGHU
  • Used electronics:  ARPE   recyclemyelectronics.ca
  • Propane tanks:  some propane sellers accept used tanks for recycling.  Ask your retailer
  • Medication:  return unused / expired medication to your local pharmacy.  Drop off boxes may be located where prescriptions are filled.
  • Compact fluorescent lights (CFL) & fluorescent tubes:  recycfluo.ca
  • Used tires: automobile garages, tire centers, car dealerships

Batteries:  the City of Westmount participates in the Provincial battery recycling program Call2Recycle.  Battery drop off points can be found in the following municipal buildings.

  • City Hall, 4333 Sherbrooke St.
  • Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke St.
  • Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St.
  • Public Works offices, 1 Bethune
  • Fire Station, 19 Stanton
  • Westmount Recreation Centre, 4675 Ste. Catherine
  • Hydro Westmount offices, 995 Glen

Our environment needs our help

The City of Westmount has increased its efforts to divert 60% of our waste from landfill sites, but we can’t do it without you!

An important part of waste diversion is our recycling programme. Westmounters are leaders in this area with one of the highest participation rates in the province, but there is always room for improvement. You can recycle better by making sure that materials in your recycling bin are properly prepared for pick-up. It’s so easy and there’s no excuse.

Points to remember:

  • Cleaning: All recyclable materials should be clean from food residue. Rinse containers to prevent mould and unpleasant odours. Items that cannot be cleaned are NOT recyclable and should be put in the garbage. It’s a question of hygiene, as work at the recycling sorting centre is often done manually.
  • Recycling collection is carried out on Wednesdays for all households in Westmount. Residents can use a blue recycling box or blue, plastic recycling bags for the collection. Recyclable material in any other type of container will not be collected.

Please note: Recycling still uses energy and pollutes; you can do a lot more for the environment by reducing and reusing. Buy in bulk to avoid packaging, choose quality, long-lasting items, and avoid disposables. You’ll be doing yourself a favour.

Recycling containers

The big blue box

If you live in a house and do not have a blue box, or you need a replacement blue box, pick one up at the Public Works Building, 1 Bethune, during regular business hours. A proof of residence is required.

Blue boxes must be placed directly behind (but not on) the sidewalk for the weekly collection. Boxes may be set out after 8:00 pm Tuesday evening but before 8:00 am Wednesday morning. Please make sure it is clearly visible from the street.

As with garbage, leaving recyclable materials at the street other than on the times specified contravenes the City’s sanitation by-law. Fines begin at $141.00.

The big blue bag

For apartment dwellers, Westmount offers convenient blue bags to help carry materials to your recycling bins.

Blue bags can be obtained at City Hall’s Customer Service Centre (4333 Sherbrooke Street West)or at the Public Works Building (1 Bethune Street) during regular working hours. A proof of residence is required.

Preparation of recyclable material

Please ensure that:

  • Items have been rinsed to remove food and grease.
  • Recycling materials are placed securely in your blue box. Materials piled high in the box often spill over and cause litter in the surrounding area. Remember that materials that get blown away will usually end up in the garbage instead of being recycled.
  • When preparing your blue box please remember to flatten empty containers, such as milk and juice cartons and plastic bottles. All cardboard boxes from cereal, crackers, laundry detergent and tissues should be flattened. Flattening empty boxes and containers will give you more space in you blue box and lessen the chance of spill over.
  • Excess materials are clean, and placed securely in a plastic or paper bag next to your blue box.

What we accept in our recycling programme

While most materials can be recycled, there are some important exceptions. If you include non-recyclable items in your blue box, you risk contaminating the contents of the whole truck.

Complete list of recyclable materials

Unsure if your item is recyclable in Westmount’s blue box programme? Please call Public Works. Our staff will be glad to help you.

Then what happens?

Here are a few of the many items produced from your recycled materials.

Paper: Recycled paper is used for telephone directories, egg cartons and newspaper.

Cardboard: Recycled cardboard is used to produce cardboard, as well as paper towels and tissues.

Metal: Recycled metal is used in tins, plates and aluminum paper.

Glass: Recycled glass is used for bottles, jars and mineral wool.

Plastic: Recycled plastic is used for recycling bins, flower pots, carpets and park benches.

Other recyclables

The City has several depots for material that can be recycled, but are not accepted in Westmount’s blue box programme.

Please take advantage of these permanent depots for the following items:

Public Works (1 Béthune): Used batteries, used clothing, scrap metal

Fire Station 76 (19 Stanton): Used batteries

Refused items: wet-cell vehicle batteries,  carpets with rubber/glue, sleeping bags, small or dangerous items (Nails, razor blades, etc.)

Coming soon.

For more information, please consult the by-law:

By-Law 1425