Tips for a successful and eco-friendly move

Moving requires organization and there are lots of things to manage. What to throw out or recycle? How do you find a new home for your pet if it can’t come with you? What can you do to avoid bedbugs and cockroaches? Here are our tips for a worry-free move.

Each year in Montréal, 115,000 moves take place between June and July. Did you know that close to 50,000 tons of assorted objects are collected and discarded during this time? You can do your part by taking some simple actions.

Sort well and throw away less

Sort out the things you don’t want to keep and take advantage of collection services to get rid of them responsibly before you move. It will be easier to manage on the big day.

Many organizations, donation depots and reuse centres give a second life to furniture and household items, electrical appliances, clothing, toys, sports and leisure items.

In addition to drop-off locations where you can bring used items, some organizations offer home pick-up services. Find an organization near you.

Some things can be recovered and transformed. Take advantage of the non-upholstered large items and construction waste collection to dispose of your appliances and furniture.

Appliances containing halocarbons, such as air conditioners and refrigerators, must be brought to the Ecocentre.

Some objects cannot be reused, recycled or recovered and will therefore become waste.

Take advantage of the weekly household garbage collections, which also accept bulky upholstered items such as sofas and mattresses.

Some products should not be thrown in the garbage, such as paint, oil, batteries of all kinds, mercury-type (compact and regular fluorescent) lamps, aerosols…

Occasional collections of hazardous household waste are held in various areas of the island of Montréal.

You can also drop them off at Ecocentres or at collection points near your home.

You can drop off certain items, such as computers, printers or cell phones at Ecocentres or at collection points near your home.

Many collections, one tool to view the schedules

Info-collectes allows you to quickly determine the schedule of all the collections offered at your new home.

If you still don’t know what to do with items you want to get rid of, visit the “Ça va où?” Web site (in French)

Things to think about when moving

Smoke detectors

When moving in to your new home, make sure there’s a smoke alarm or detector installed, otherwise ask your landlord to install one. Get informed.

Bedbugs and cockroaches

Bed bugs and cockroaches can be found in all types of homes, from modest to luxurious. Reduce the risk of contamination by taking precautions before, during and after your move. Get informed.

If you must part with your pet

Are you moving to a new home where pets are not allowed? Many options exist. Get informed.