Don’t throw out your old stuff!
If an item is good enough to use, there are solutions for nearly everything to keep it out of landfill. Use the information below to make sure that your used things may have a second life somewhere else.
Search engines for reuse
The City of Montreal publishes an electronic directory of services and organizations all over Montreal Island where you can bring your items to donate and purchase used goods.
Reuse organizations close to Westmount
Artisan Renewal and Ecological Transformation (ARTÉ) is an independent entreprise contracted by the City of Montréal to manage the reuse depots located at the municipal écocentres and to ensure the recycling and reuse of donated objects. ARTÉ’s mission is social, economic and environmental.
The ReStore is a home improvement retail store selling donated, new, and gently used home furnishings, appliances and other renovation materials at a fraction of the original price. Shopping at the ReStore is a socially conscious decision, as funds generated support Habitat for Humanity Quebec’s local home construction projects. It’s also an environmentally conscious decision, as much of what is sold is new, gently used, or customer returns that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
Renaissance is a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate the social and professional integration of people experiencing difficulty entering the workforce, while enlisting a commitment to take steps to protect the environment.
Can’t make it to the Westmount Houshold Hazardous Waste collection days? Westmount residents may take their hazardous materials year-round to one of the City of Montreal Ecocentres.
Ecocentres 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.
Ecocentres help to reduce the volume of waste sent to landfills as well as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Ecocentres 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: 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 Saint-Patrick Street (LaSalle)
N.B.: Please note that the former Écocentre situated on Eadie Street is permanently closed.
Westmount’s permanent depots
The City’s permanent depots are located at the municipal Yard on Bethune Street. Residents may bring certain items that require special treatment and cannot be included in the curbside collections, such as clothing, scrap metal, electronic waste and batteries. It is also possible to bring recyclable materials for those that miss the blue box collection.
ACCEPTED: fabrics and leather in any condition (shoes, boots, purses, soft toys, linens, drapes, upholstry fabrics, etc.); please bag and label as “rags” any clothing that is dirty or torn, or fabric remnants
NOT ACCEPTED: Carpets with rubber or glue, sleeping bags, duvets
ACCEPTED: desktop and laptop computers, printers and other components, video game systems, cameras and camcorders, television sets, radios, VCRs, DVD players and CD players, cellular phones, answering machines, scanners and modems
NOT ACCEPTED: small appliances, coffee makers, hair dryers, DVD and CD disks, VHS cassettes and other magnetic tapes
ACCEPTED: items made of any metal for recycling – appliances, furtnitue, tools, pots and pans, chains, hangers, pieces of plumbing, fencing, ventilation parts, etc.
NOT ACCEPTED: very small items (nails, screws, washers), sharp and dangerous items (razor blades, syringes, etc.)
ACCEPTED: all dry-cell batteries, rechargeable or single-use (alcaline, nickel-cadmium, lithium, etc.)
NOT ACCEPTED: wet-cell vehicle batteries (bring to the HHW collection)
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.
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.
|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.|
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|
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.