Since January 1st, 2019, residents are called on to get in the habit of sorting household waste and putting organic materials in the brown bin they received from the Municipality.
The Quebec Residual Materials Management Policy calls for 100% of organic waste to be reclaimed by 2020. That is why the Municipality is being proactive with the launch of its compostable materials collection program.
Place them in your brown bin or treat them in home composters. Not all compostable materials can be treated through home composters. Take advantage of the brown bin to dispose of these materials in a sustainable way.
There is no maximum limit for the volume of compostable materials put out on the street for collection.
No material should be left scattered next to your brown bin.
Raw, cooked or spoiled food
* Materials difficult to treat in home composters. Brown bin collection is your chance to get rid of them.
Soiled paper and cardboard
Yard and plant waste
Sorry—all plastic bags are banned from your brown bin, even those marked biodegradable or compostable. This reduces program costs. However, paper or waxed bags designed for this purpose are accepted.
If you’re already composting table scraps and green waste at home, municipal compost collection will fill in some gaps. The materials marked with an asterisk(*) on the list below can be a problem for home composters, whether you have an outdoor setup or a vermicomposter.
So you can choose to just keep on composting at home and use your brown bin as an environmentally friendly way to get rid of the materials your system can’t handle. Municipal collection can also come in handy when you have an unusual amount of yard and green waste to deal with.
Collect your household compostables in a specially designed kitchen catcher (available at hardware or big-box stores), or any plastic or metal container of your choice. Empty it regularly into your brown bin. To make things easier and more hygienic, you can line your kitchen catcher with small compostable paper bags, or your brown bin with large compostable paper bags. Paper bags can be purchased, or you can use folded newspaper.
If your waste hasn't been picked up by the contractor by the end of the scheduled collection day, contact the Municipality the day after, within 24 hours.
Put a big paper bag inside your bin for your compostables to go in, or line the bottom of the bin with newspaper or cardboard.
Use the specially designed licking system or a bungee cord to keep the bin closed. You can also sprinkle the top of the bin with Cayenne pepper or spread some menthol around the edges. Take the same precautions as with household garbage. The safest place for your bin is in the corner of the garage with the door shut.