On September 1, 2019, two important new standards for waste collection came into effect. It is therefore important to read the information below.
1. Compliant bin
All residents must use a green, black or grey wheeled bin with a European plug for waste collection. The bin must have a maximum capacity of 360 litres and maximum weight of 100 kg when filled.
Below is an example of a compliant bin along with examples of containers that may not be used for household waste collection.
Residents who already have a black or grey bin, in good condition, that meets these specifications may use it for waste collection. Blue and brown bins cannot be accepted for garbage collection as they are reserved for collecting materials for recycling and composting.
2. Allowed waste volume per unit
To reduce the amount of landfill-bound waste, a limit of one bin per collection is set for spring and summer and two bins for autumn and winter. Any additional bin or item left at the curb cannot be collected.
To purchase a compliant garbage bin, you can buy one directly at the reception of the Town Hall at a cost of $80 plus taxes. It is also possible to purchase one in a business that offers this type of bin. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that your bin meets the above specifications.
To assist you in this regard, the Municipality has prepared a list of businesses that sell the appropriate bin (the list includes pricing per unit).
Please note that 120-litre bins are more difficult to find because few retailers have them in stores. You may, therefore, have to buy a 240 or 360-litre bin.
The Municipality of Chelsea is following in the footsteps of several other municipalities in Quebec to meet the government’s requirements for the reduction of residual materials by 2020, which target three specific objectives:
These new standards are a way of encouraging residents to reduce the amount of waste produced per unit and, as a result, help to reduce landfills, which are already at full capacity. The 2020 plan includes a complete ban of organic and recyclable materials from garbage bins to minimize the amount of final waste going to landfills. Improving our performance at this level will also save money as we avoid the financial penalties set by the government for failure to achieve objectives and help the Municipality pay less in landfilling fees.
It will also facilitate the contractor’s ability to refuse items that exceed the allowed limits. Residents will also be able to measure the amount of waste they produce and take the necessary actions to reduce their environmental footprint.
Use of the appropriate bins also facilitates the garbage-collection process for waste-management contractors in addition to opening the door to possible mechanized collection. In addition, it ensures greater cleanliness throughout the region since these robust containers are less likely to spew waste.
As of September 1, 2019, items placed in non-compliant bins will not be collected. It is therefore important that you comply by this date to avoid any inconvenience.
The approved number of bins per collection is one in spring and summer and two in autumn and winter.
We strongly advise you to keep it! You can mark it with a “G” and use it to collect green waste or excess compost. There is no quantity restriction for the collection of compost.
Final waste is residue that cannot be recycled, reused, or composted and is therefore destined for the landfill. This is waste that ends up in the green bin, for example:
Through regular municipal collection. Maximum of one 360 litres wheeled bin per collection during the spring/summer months and two 360 litres wheeled bins per collection during the fall/winter months.