Recyclable materials are materials that can be reintroduced into the production process from which they are derived or into a similar process that uses the same type of material.
Through recycling, the City of Westmount currently diverts approximately 50% of its waste from landfills.
- Flattened and unsoiled paper & cardboard
- Stretchable soft and rigid plastic numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7
- Glass: food or beverage containers of all shapes and colors, with or without labels
- Metal: steel and aluminum containers and packaging (except aluminum cans and containers with “Consignée Quebec” identification which must be returned to retailers)
- Paper & cardboard soiled with food
- Plastic number 6 or without number:
- Non-stretchable plastic
- Soft plastic (polystyrene type): coffee cup and styrofoam meat and vegetable packaging, products packaging, etc.
- Rigid plastic : utensils, individual yogurt containers, black/blue mushroom containers, CD case, etc.
- All types of soiled packaging or containers containing food
- Fabrics: clothing and bedding
- Wood: furniture and building materials
FOLLOW THE GOLDEN RULES TO RECYCLE BETTER!
- Rinse your containers to eliminate grease and food residues
- Pack plastic bags into one knotted bag
- Avoid contamination: paper and cardboard soiled with food is not recyclable, but it is compostable
- Separate containers and packaging made of different materials (e.g. glass bottle with metal cap, paper circulars in a plastic bag, etc.)
- Flatten cardboard boxes to maximize the space in your bin
Recyclable material collection is offered to all single-family and multi-residential residences in the City. Curbside and laneway collection is on Wednesdays for all Westmount residences.
The City provides a blue bin for residents of single-family homes.
For apartment building occupants, Westmount provides blue reusable bags to facilitate the transportation of recyclable materials to the building’s blue recycling bins.
DON’T MISS THE COLLECTION!
Make sure your recycling is :
- contained in a blue recycling bin and/or in clear recyclable plastic bags;
- deposited curbside on your property (not on the sidewalk);
- clearly visible from the street;
- deposited after 8 p.m. on Tuesday night, and no later than 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
The City of Westmount offers a weekly collection service of recyclable materials for small and medium sized businesses located in the commercial areas of Greene Avenue and St. Catherine, Victoria and Sherbrooke West Streets.
The collection is on Tuesdays and begins at 10 a.m. Materials are collected curbside or in the alley.
The program is free, but businesses must register with the Public Works Department (see form below to contact us).
THE RECYCLING LOOP
Here are some examples of what happens to recuperated and recycled materials.
- Telephone directories
- Writing, printing and newsprint paper
- Toilet paper, facial tissues, paper towels and napkins
- Cardboard boxes and packages
- Construction materials
- Plastic bottles
- Collection bins
- Polyester carpets and clothing
- Flowerpots and planters
- Park benches and picnic tables
- Pipes and patio boards
- Glass bottles
- Glass jars
- Fiberglass insulation materials (mineral wool)
- Roads Foundation
- Microbeads for reflective or abrasive paint
- Engine and car parts
- Tools and nails
- Thin and aluminum cans
- Construction materials
THE BEST SOLUTION: REDUCE AT THE SOURCE!
Recycling is a positive gesture for the environment, but it requires energy and causes pollution through the transportation and processing of materials.
Reducing and reusing is the best solution!
Buy in bulk to reduce packaging, choose durable items and avoid using single-use products.