Garbage

BEFORE YOU THROW …

It’s now easier than ever to keep valuable materials out of landfills – check out the many services the City offers. Landfill diversion reduces pollution, saves energy, creates jobs, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Anything that’s reusable, recyclable, compostable or hazardous does NOT belong in the garbage. Check the list below before you throw.

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Garbage is picked up once a week – Thursday in the eastern districts and Friday in the western districts. There is no garbage collection on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or weekends, nor on the December 25 (Christmas Day) or January 1st (New Year’s Day).

Garbage in a plastic or metal garbage can may be set out for collection from 8 p.m. on the evening prior to collection day or before 8 a.m. on the day itself. Garbage must be securely enclosed in bags, even when in containers. Garbage must be left at the rear of buildings or in a city-designated area. Garbage bags not in containers may ONLY be placed for collection as of 7 a.m. on the morning of the collection day; and before 8 a.m. 

  • contaminated paper and cardboard
  • ceramics, drinking glasses and window glass
  • light bulbs (except fluorescent tubes or compact fluorescent bulbs)
  • disposable personal-care products (baby wipes, diapers, feminine hygiene products, etc.)
  • cigarette butts and ashes, fireplace ashes
  • disposable mops, dusters and wipes
  • vacuum cleaner bags with their contents, dryer sheets
  • plastic #6 (polystyrene) and #7 (mixed plastic) containers
  • unusable textiles and shoes
  • small dead house pets such as goldfish or hamsters (wrapped in newspaper or in a cardboard box)
  • recyclable or compostable materials
  • paint, solvents, batteries and other hazardous waste
  • fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs
  • medication, syringes and other medical or bio-medical waste
  • tires
  • electronic waste
  • usable clothing, shoes, household goods and furniture
  • large appliances, bulky items and construction waste
  • barbecue ashes, unless they have been cooled for more than 48 hours

Quantity

A maximum of six standard bags per household is accepted per collection. Commercial waste is the responsibility of business owners if it exceeds 6 regular bags per collection.

Items that require special disposal

  • 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 the Public Works Department in advance of the collection by filling and sending the online request form. Appliances and furniture in good condition are accepted at Montreal’s Ecocentres.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 or use the online form.

Request for pick-up of bulky items

The pick-up service of bulky items is reserved exclusively for residents of the City. Industrial, institutional and commercial establishments are responsible for the collection, transportation and disposal of bulky items originating from their property.