Garden waste

The City of Westmount is committed to reducing the amount of material sent to the landfill. The proper treatment of yard waste is an important component for a better waste management.

  • 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 metre in length; ensure they are bundled and tied with natural twine ( no plastic cords).
  • Weeds and grass trimmings.

Westmount residents have two options for disposing of their yard waste: residential collection by City crews or the Belvedere Road depot.

From April to November, the City’s teams are actively collecting green waste. Simply place your garden waste curbside and it will be collected by the City.

In order for your waste to be collected, please ensure that:

  • The garden waste is disposed in yard waste paper bags only (available at local hardware or grocery stores). Residues in any other type of bag will not be collected.
  • Or, that the garden waste is placed in bulk in an open container such as a plastic or rigid metal bin. Do not put the lid on the bin so that collection teams can see the contents.
  • The weight of the bags and containers does not exceed 20 kilograms or they will not be collected.
  • The small branches are tied in bundles (maximum 2.5 cm in diameter and 1 metre long) with natural twine (not plastic rope).
  • Between September 30 and November 15, the Belvedere Road depot will be open between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. It is open to citizens presenting proof of residence in Westmount and to entrepreneurs with valid City permit. The depot is located on Belvedere Road, near the intersection with Côte-des-Neiges Road.*Please note that the depot will be closed on Monday, October 14 for Thanksgiving.
  • Since March 18, 2019, the municipal yard on Bethune Street has been closed due to the work done by the MTQ* on the Turcot Interchange. During this period, garden waste can be brought to the Belvedere Road depot or to one of Ville de Montréal’s ecocentres.This closure applies to private contractors (landscapers, etc.). They are responsible for disposing of branch residues when performing pruning work.* Ministère des Transports du Québec

Leaf blowers:

  • the use of leaf blowers is permitted from April 1st to May 1st and October 1st to December 1st, Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (By-law 1519)
  • It is illegal to blow leaves, grass clippings and garden debris onto sidewalks or roadways. Violators are subject to a fine (Municipal By-law 1425).

Dumping on public property:

  • It is strictly forbidden to dump or throw green waste on public property (streets, sidewalks, parks, woodlots, etc.). Violators are subject to a fine (Municipal By-law 1475).

Did you know that?

  • Grasscycling, the practice of leaving lawn clippings on the ground, helps make your lawn easier to maintain and healthier. Grass clippings help to retain soil moisture and enrich it with nutrients.
  • Some green residues, such as branches and leaves, can be transformed into mulch, helping to keep soil moisture and produce a nutrient-rich organic fertilizer.
  • The collected green waste is used to produce a compost that is distributed to residents twice a year, free of charge. More details here.

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