Get details about food waste collections

Last updated May 22, 2024

Collection schedules, accepted materials, materials that are not accepted and types of bins that are allowed. Find out how to put out table scraps for collection and composting.

Food waste is collected in 15 boroughs. 

In four boroughs (Lachine, Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève, Pierrefonds-Roxboro et Saint-Laurent), this collection is replaced by the organic waste collection, where green waste is also picked up. 

If food waste collection is available for your type of building, you must participate and no longer put your kitchen scraps in your household waste. 

You’ll be helping to reduce the amount of garbage that goes to the landfill and preserve the environment, since food waste makes up 57 percent of the contents of a garbage bag.

To avoid being fined, be sure to follow collection schedules and obey all legislation.

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Collection schedules

Buildings with eight or fewer dwellings

To find out when to put out your brown bin, visit Info-Collectes.

Buildings with nine or more dwellings,  companies, businesses, organizations and schools 

Food waste collection will be offered:

  • In Ahuntsic, starting June 4, 2024
  • In Saint-Sulpice, starting October 24, 2024
  • In Bordeaux-Cartierville, starting June 6, 2025

As long as food waste collection is not offered in your district, the food waste collection is included in the household waste collection. You can put table scraps in your regular garbage can.

It is now offered in Sault-au-Récollet.

As soon as this collection is available, you must participate.

Acceptable materials

Raw, cooked or spoiled food

  • Cookies, sweets and desserts
  • Dairy solids (cheese, butter and yogurt)
  • Eggs and shells
  • Fish and bones, seafood and shells
  • Grain products such as pasta, bread, rice
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat and poultry (with or without bones)
  • Nuts and shells
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Pulses and pulse-based proteins: Tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein 
  • Spices and herbs
  • Tea and herbal tea leaves or coffee grounds, with the bags or paper filters (no staples)

Food-stained paper and cardboard containers and wrappers 

  • Boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates and all other containers for frozen or takeout food made of paper or cardboard that has been stained with grease or sauce: Pizza and chicken boxes, salad bowls, poutine bowls, takeout boxes
  • Paper bags
  • Paper muffin cups

Papers stained by food waste

  • Brown paper, paper towels, Kleenex, paper napkins 
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bibs
  • Parchment paper

Other acceptable materials

  • Cold ashes from untreated wood (let cool for at least seven days)  
  • Hair, fur and feathers 
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Paper straws
  • Wooden utensils and silverware, wooden sticks and chopsticks 

Unacceptable materials

Put in your recycling

  • Clean printed material on paper or cardboard and newspapers
  • Clean paper or cardboard containers and wrappings 
  • Plastic, metal or glass containers and wrappers 

Put out for the green waste collection

  • Dead leaves
  • Garden waste
  • Lawn clippings 

Other unacceptable materials

  • All metal, glass or plastic items 
  • Biomedical waste
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates, glasses, cups and all other food wrappers or containers 
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable plastic utensils
  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarette butts
  • Construction and renovation debris
  • Crystal, porcelain, ceramics 
  • Diapers for babies and adults (even certified compostable) and plastic hygiene products such as cotton swabs
  • Disposable cleaning cloths
  • Fabric
  • Hot ashes
  • Liquids: Soup, milk, juice, coffee
  • Natural corks
  • Non-vegetable oil or grease
  • Paint, batteries and hazardous household waste
  • Pet droppings
  • Pet litter, even biodegradable
  • Plastic, even biodegradable or certified compostable
  • Soil, rock, sand
  • Soiled toilet paper
  • Styrofoam and cling wrap
  • Wax
  • Wax paper
  • Wood

Acceptable containers

  • Brown bin provided by the borough
  • Compostable plastic bags certified by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (the Québec standards organization) placed inside your brown bin
  • Paper bags placed inside your brown bin

Communication channels

By phone

311

Outside of Montréal: 514-872-0311

Monday to Friday: From 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Legislation

Collection schedules

Buildings with eight or fewer dwellings

To find out when to put out your brown bin, visit Info-Collectes.

Buildings with nine or more dwellings

From May 2024 and throughout 2025, food waste collection will be gradually rolled out to buildings with 9 or more dwellings, schools, shops and businesses. The first neighbourhood to be affected, starting May 23, is north of Boulevard Métropolitain. The new collection will take place once a week on Thursdays, replacing the existing household waste collection.

If your sector is not yet covered, you can still put your table scraps in your regular garbage can since the food waste collection is included in the household waste collection.

Acceptable materials

Raw, cooked or spoiled food

  • Cookies, sweets and desserts
  • Dairy solids (cheese, butter and yogurt)
  • Eggs and shells
  • Fish and bones, seafood and shells
  • Grain products such as pasta, bread, rice
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat and poultry (with or without bones)
  • Nuts and shells
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Pulses and pulse-based proteins: Tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein 
  • Spices and herbs
  • Tea and herbal tea leaves or coffee grounds, with the bags or paper filters (no staples)

Food-stained paper and cardboard containers and wrappers 

  • Boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates and all other containers for frozen or takeout food made of paper or cardboard that has been stained with grease or sauce: Pizza and chicken boxes, salad bowls, poutine bowls, takeout boxes
  • Paper bags
  • Paper muffin cups

Papers stained by food waste

  • Brown paper, paper towels, Kleenex, paper napkins 
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bibs
  • Parchment paper

Other acceptable materials

  • Cold ashes from untreated wood (let cool for at least seven days)  
  • Hair, fur and feathers 
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Paper straws
  • Wooden utensils and silverware, wooden sticks and chopsticks 

Unacceptable materials

Put in your recycling

  • Clean printed material on paper or cardboard and newspapers
  • Clean paper or cardboard containers and wrappings 
  • Plastic, metal or glass containers and wrappers 

Put out for the green waste collection

  • Dead leaves
  • Garden waste
  • Lawn clippings 

Other unacceptable materials

  • All metal, glass or plastic items 
  • Biomedical waste
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates, glasses, cups and all other food wrappers or containers 
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable plastic utensils
  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarette butts
  • Construction and renovation debris
  • Crystal, porcelain, ceramics 
  • Diapers for babies and adults (even certified compostable) and plastic hygiene products such as cotton swabs
  • Disposable cleaning cloths
  • Fabric
  • Hot ashes
  • Liquids: Soup, milk, juice, coffee
  • Natural corks
  • Non-vegetable oil or grease
  • Paint, batteries and hazardous household waste
  • Pet droppings
  • Pet litter, even biodegradable
  • Plastic, even biodegradable or certified compostable
  • Soil, rock, sand
  • Soiled toilet paper
  • Styrofoam and cling wrap
  • Wax
  • Wax paper
  • Wood

Acceptable containers

  • Brown bin provided by the borough
  • Compostable plastic bags certified by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (the Québec standards organization) placed inside your brown bin
  • Paper bags placed inside your brown bin

Legislation

Collection schedules

Buildings with nine or more dwellings

To find out when to put out your brown bin, visit Info-Collectes.

Until 2024, the collection of food waste will be gradually implemented in all buildings of 9 dwellings or more, companies, businesses, schools, hospitals and organizations in the borough.

This spring, the next sector will be:

If you live in an area where brown bins have not yet been introduced, you can use community composting sites.

As a last resort, you can put your table scraps in the garbage.

Residents of buildings with more than nine dwellings have priority.

Acceptable materials

Raw, cooked or spoiled food

  • Cookies, sweets and desserts
  • Dairy solids (cheese, butter and yogurt)
  • Eggs and shells
  • Fish and bones, seafood and shells
  • Grain products such as pasta, bread, rice
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat and poultry (with or without bones)
  • Nuts and shells
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Pulses and pulse-based proteins: Tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein 
  • Spices and herbs
  • Tea and herbal tea leaves or coffee grounds, with the bags or paper filters (no staples)

Food-stained paper and cardboard containers and wrappers 

  • Boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates and all other containers for frozen or takeout food made of paper or cardboard that has been stained with grease or sauce: Pizza and chicken boxes, salad bowls, poutine bowls, takeout boxes
  • Paper bags
  • Paper muffin cups

Papers stained by food waste

  • Brown paper, paper towels, Kleenex, paper napkins 
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bibs
  • Parchment paper

Other acceptable materials

  • Cold ashes from untreated wood (let cool for at least seven days)  
  • Hair, fur and feathers 
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Paper straws
  • Wooden utensils and silverware, wooden sticks and chopsticks 

Unacceptable materials

Put in your recycling

  • Clean printed material on paper or cardboard and newspapers
  • Clean paper or cardboard containers and wrappings 
  • Plastic, metal or glass containers and wrappers 

Put out for the green waste collection

  • Dead leaves
  • Garden waste
  • Lawn clippings 

Other unacceptable materials

  • All metal, glass or plastic items 
  • Biomedical waste
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates, glasses, cups and all other food wrappers or containers 
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable plastic utensils
  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarette butts
  • Construction and renovation debris
  • Crystal, porcelain, ceramics 
  • Diapers for babies and adults (even certified compostable) and plastic hygiene products such as cotton swabs
  • Disposable cleaning cloths
  • Fabric
  • Hot ashes
  • Liquids: Soup, milk, juice, coffee
  • Natural corks
  • Non-vegetable oil or grease
  • Paint, batteries and hazardous household waste
  • Pet droppings
  • Pet litter, even biodegradable
  • Plastic, even biodegradable or certified compostable
  • Soil, rock, sand
  • Soiled toilet paper
  • Styrofoam and cling wrap
  • Wax
  • Wax paper
  • Wood

Acceptable containers

  • Brown bin provided by the borough
  • Compostable plastic bags certified by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (the Québec standards organization) placed inside your brown bin
  • Paper bags placed inside your brown bin

Legislation

This service is not offered in this borough.

Collection schedules

To find out when to put out your brown bin, visit Info-Collectes.

Acceptable materials

Raw, cooked or spoiled food

  • Cookies, sweets and desserts
  • Dairy solids (cheese, butter and yogurt)
  • Eggs and shells
  • Fish and bones, seafood and shells
  • Grain products such as pasta, bread, rice
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat and poultry (with or without bones)
  • Nuts and shells
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Pulses and pulse-based proteins: Tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein 
  • Spices and herbs
  • Tea and herbal tea leaves or coffee grounds, with the bags or paper filters (no staples)

Food-stained paper and cardboard containers and wrappers 

  • Boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates and all other containers for frozen or takeout food made of paper or cardboard that has been stained with grease or sauce: Pizza and chicken boxes, salad bowls, poutine bowls, takeout boxes
  • Paper bags
  • Paper muffin cups

Papers stained by food waste

  • Brown paper, paper towels, Kleenex, paper napkins 
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bibs
  • Parchment paper

Other acceptable materials

  • Cold ashes from untreated wood (let cool for at least seven days)  
  • Hair, fur and feathers 
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Paper straws
  • Wooden utensils and silverware, wooden sticks and chopsticks 

Unacceptable materials

Put in your recycling

  • Clean printed material on paper or cardboard and newspapers
  • Clean paper or cardboard containers and wrappings 
  • Plastic, metal or glass containers and wrappers 

Put out for the green waste collection

  • Dead leaves
  • Garden waste
  • Lawn clippings 

Other unacceptable materials

  • All metal, glass or plastic items 
  • Biomedical waste
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates, glasses, cups and all other food wrappers or containers 
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable plastic utensils
  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarette butts
  • Construction and renovation debris
  • Crystal, porcelain, ceramics 
  • Diapers for babies and adults (even certified compostable) and plastic hygiene products such as cotton swabs
  • Disposable cleaning cloths
  • Fabric
  • Hot ashes
  • Liquids: Soup, milk, juice, coffee
  • Natural corks
  • Non-vegetable oil or grease
  • Paint, batteries and hazardous household waste
  • Pet droppings
  • Pet litter, even biodegradable
  • Plastic, even biodegradable or certified compostable
  • Soil, rock, sand
  • Soiled toilet paper
  • Styrofoam and cling wrap
  • Wax
  • Wax paper
  • Wood

Acceptable containers

  • Brown bin provided by the borough (45, 120 or 240 litres)
  • Compostable plastic bags certified by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (the Québec standards organization) placed inside your brown bin
  • Paper bags placed inside your brown bin

Legislation

Collection schedules

Buildings with 20 or fewer dwellings

To find out when to put out your brown bin, visit Info-Collectes.

Buildings of 21 dwellings or more, businesses, industries and institutions

Since September 1, 2023, collection has taken place only in sector 2 (between Rue d’Iberville or Rue Montgomery streets and Rue Saint-Denis [excluding Rue Saint-Denis itself], Rue Sherbrooke and Avenue Mont-Royal) on Tuesdays.

If you live in another sector, you can use the community composting sites located throughout the borough.

Acceptable materials

Raw, cooked or spoiled food

  • Cookies, sweets and desserts
  • Dairy solids (cheese, butter and yogurt)
  • Eggs and shells
  • Fish and bones, seafood and shells
  • Grain products such as pasta, bread, rice
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat and poultry (with or without bones)
  • Nuts and shells
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Pulses and pulse-based proteins: Tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein 
  • Spices and herbs
  • Tea and herbal tea leaves or coffee grounds, with the bags or paper filters (no staples)

Food-stained paper and cardboard containers and wrappers 

  • Boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates and all other containers for frozen or takeout food made of paper or cardboard that has been stained with grease or sauce: Pizza and chicken boxes, salad bowls, poutine bowls, takeout boxes
  • Paper bags
  • Paper muffin cups

Papers stained by food waste

  • Brown paper, paper towels, Kleenex, paper napkins 
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bibs
  • Parchment paper

Other acceptable materials

  • Cold ashes from untreated wood (let cool for at least seven days)  
  • Hair, fur and feathers 
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Paper straws
  • Wooden utensils and silverware, wooden sticks and chopsticks 

Unacceptable materials

Put in your recycling

  • Clean printed material on paper or cardboard and newspapers
  • Clean paper or cardboard containers and wrappings 
  • Plastic, metal or glass containers and wrappers 

Put out for the green waste collection

  • Dead leaves
  • Garden waste
  • Lawn clippings 

Other unacceptable materials

  • All metal, glass or plastic items 
  • Biomedical waste
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates, glasses, cups and all other food wrappers or containers 
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable plastic utensils
  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarette butts
  • Construction and renovation debris
  • Crystal, porcelain, ceramics 
  • Diapers for babies and adults (even certified compostable) and plastic hygiene products such as cotton swabs
  • Disposable cleaning cloths
  • Fabric
  • Hot ashes
  • Liquids: Soup, milk, juice, coffee
  • Natural corks
  • Non-vegetable oil or grease
  • Paint, batteries and hazardous household waste
  • Pet droppings
  • Pet litter, even biodegradable
  • Plastic, even biodegradable or certified compostable
  • Soil, rock, sand
  • Soiled toilet paper
  • Styrofoam and cling wrap
  • Wax
  • Wax paper
  • Wood

Acceptable containers

  • Brown bin provided by the borough
  • Compostable plastic bags certified by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (the Québec standards organization) placed inside your brown bin
  • Paper bags placed inside your brown bin

Legislation

Collection schedules

Buildings with eight or fewer dwellings

To find out when to put out your brown bin, visit Info-Collectes.

Buildings with nine or more dwellings

Between May 2023 and October 2024, food waste collection will be gradually deployed in buildings of 9 dwellings or more, schools, businesses and companies. Saint-Henri and La Petite-Bourgogne will be the first neighbourhoods to benefit from it as May 1.

If your sector is not yet covered, you can still put your table scraps in your regular garbage can since the food waste collection is included in the household waste collection.

Acceptable materials

Raw, cooked or spoiled food

  • Cookies, sweets and desserts
  • Dairy solids (cheese, butter and yogurt)
  • Eggs and shells
  • Fish and bones, seafood and shells
  • Grain products such as pasta, bread, rice
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat and poultry (with or without bones)
  • Nuts and shells
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Pulses and pulse-based proteins: Tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein 
  • Spices and herbs
  • Tea and herbal tea leaves or coffee grounds, with the bags or paper filters (no staples)

Food-stained paper and cardboard containers and wrappers 

  • Boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates and all other containers for frozen or takeout food made of paper or cardboard that has been stained with grease or sauce: Pizza and chicken boxes, salad bowls, poutine bowls, takeout boxes
  • Paper bags
  • Paper muffin cups

Papers stained by food waste

  • Brown paper, paper towels, Kleenex, paper napkins 
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bibs
  • Parchment paper

Other acceptable materials

  • Cold ashes from untreated wood (let cool for at least seven days)  
  • Hair, fur and feathers 
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Paper straws
  • Wooden utensils and silverware, wooden sticks and chopsticks 

Unacceptable materials

Put in your recycling

  • Clean printed material on paper or cardboard and newspapers
  • Clean paper or cardboard containers and wrappings 
  • Plastic, metal or glass containers and wrappers 

Put out for the green waste collection

  • Dead leaves
  • Garden waste
  • Lawn clippings 

Other unacceptable materials

  • All metal, glass or plastic items 
  • Biomedical waste
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates, glasses, cups and all other food wrappers or containers 
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable plastic utensils
  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarette butts
  • Construction and renovation debris
  • Crystal, porcelain, ceramics 
  • Diapers for babies and adults (even certified compostable) and plastic hygiene products such as cotton swabs
  • Disposable cleaning cloths
  • Fabric
  • Hot ashes
  • Liquids: Soup, milk, juice, coffee
  • Natural corks
  • Non-vegetable oil or grease
  • Paint, batteries and hazardous household waste
  • Pet droppings
  • Pet litter, even biodegradable
  • Plastic, even biodegradable or certified compostable
  • Soil, rock, sand
  • Soiled toilet paper
  • Styrofoam and cling wrap
  • Wax
  • Wax paper
  • Wood

Acceptable containers

  • Brown bin provided by the borough
  • Compostable plastic bags certified by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (the Québec standards organization) placed inside your brown bin
  • Paper bags placed inside your brown bin

Maximum volume

  • 240 litres per residential unit
  • 720 litres per commercial or industrial establishment

Legislation

This service is not offered in this borough.

Collection schedules

Food waste collection is available for all types of buildings.

To find out when to put out your brown bin, visit Info-Collectes.

Acceptable materials

Raw, cooked or spoiled food

  • Cookies, sweets and desserts
  • Dairy solids (cheese, butter and yogurt)
  • Eggs and shells
  • Fish and bones, seafood and shells
  • Grain products such as pasta, bread, rice
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat and poultry (with or without bones)
  • Nuts and shells
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Pulses and pulse-based proteins: Tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein 
  • Spices and herbs
  • Tea and herbal tea leaves or coffee grounds, with the bags or paper filters (no staples)

Food-stained paper and cardboard containers and wrappers 

  • Boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates and all other containers for frozen or takeout food made of paper or cardboard that has been stained with grease or sauce: Pizza and chicken boxes, salad bowls, poutine bowls, takeout boxes
  • Paper bags
  • Paper muffin cups

Papers stained by food waste

  • Brown paper, paper towels, Kleenex, paper napkins 
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bibs
  • Parchment paper

Other acceptable materials

  • Cold ashes from untreated wood (let cool for at least seven days)  
  • Hair, fur and feathers 
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Paper straws
  • Wooden utensils and silverware, wooden sticks and chopsticks 

Unacceptable materials

Put in your recycling

  • Clean printed material on paper or cardboard and newspapers
  • Clean paper or cardboard containers and wrappings 
  • Plastic, metal or glass containers and wrappers 

Put out for the green waste collection

  • Dead leaves
  • Garden waste
  • Lawn clippings 

Other unacceptable materials

  • All metal, glass or plastic items 
  • Biomedical waste
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates, glasses, cups and all other food wrappers or containers 
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable plastic utensils
  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarette butts
  • Construction and renovation debris
  • Crystal, porcelain, ceramics 
  • Diapers for babies and adults (even certified compostable) and plastic hygiene products such as cotton swabs
  • Disposable cleaning cloths
  • Fabric
  • Hot ashes
  • Liquids: Soup, milk, juice, coffee
  • Natural corks
  • Non-vegetable oil or grease
  • Paint, batteries and hazardous household waste
  • Pet droppings
  • Pet litter, even biodegradable
  • Plastic, even biodegradable or certified compostable
  • Soil, rock, sand
  • Soiled toilet paper
  • Styrofoam and cling wrap
  • Wax
  • Wax paper
  • Wood

Acceptable containers

  • Brown bin provided by the borough
  • Compostable plastic bags certified by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (the Québec standards organization) placed inside your brown bin
  • Paper bags placed inside your brown bin

Legislation

Collection schedules

Buildings with eight or fewer dwellings

To find out when to put out your brown bin, visit Info-Collectes.

Buildings with nine or more dwellings

Starting in May 2023, food waste collection will be gradually implemented in all buildings of 9 dwellings or more, industries, businesses and institutions.

The implementation will be done gradually by sector, starting with sector 1 on May 2023. This collection will replace the Wednesday household waste collection.

The implementation will continue with sector 2 in October 2023, sector 3 in 2024 and sector 4 in 2025.

Acceptable materials

Raw, cooked or spoiled food

  • Cookies, sweets and desserts
  • Dairy solids (cheese, butter and yogurt)
  • Eggs and shells
  • Fish and bones, seafood and shells
  • Grain products such as pasta, bread, rice
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat and poultry (with or without bones)
  • Nuts and shells
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Pulses and pulse-based proteins: Tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein 
  • Spices and herbs
  • Tea and herbal tea leaves or coffee grounds, with the bags or paper filters (no staples)

Food-stained paper and cardboard containers and wrappers 

  • Boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates and all other containers for frozen or takeout food made of paper or cardboard that has been stained with grease or sauce: Pizza and chicken boxes, salad bowls, poutine bowls, takeout boxes
  • Paper bags
  • Paper muffin cups

Papers stained by food waste

  • Brown paper, paper towels, Kleenex, paper napkins 
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bibs
  • Parchment paper

Other acceptable materials

  • Cold ashes from untreated wood (let cool for at least seven days)  
  • Hair, fur and feathers 
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Paper straws
  • Wooden utensils and silverware, wooden sticks and chopsticks 

Unacceptable materials

Put in your recycling

  • Clean printed material on paper or cardboard and newspapers
  • Clean paper or cardboard containers and wrappings 
  • Plastic, metal or glass containers and wrappers 

Put out for the green waste collection

  • Dead leaves
  • Garden waste
  • Lawn clippings 

Other unacceptable materials

  • All metal, glass or plastic items 
  • Biomedical waste
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates, glasses, cups and all other food wrappers or containers 
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable plastic utensils
  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarette butts
  • Construction and renovation debris
  • Crystal, porcelain, ceramics 
  • Diapers for babies and adults (even certified compostable) and plastic hygiene products such as cotton swabs
  • Disposable cleaning cloths
  • Fabric
  • Hot ashes
  • Liquids: Soup, milk, juice, coffee
  • Natural corks
  • Non-vegetable oil or grease
  • Paint, batteries and hazardous household waste
  • Pet droppings
  • Pet litter, even biodegradable
  • Plastic, even biodegradable or certified compostable
  • Soil, rock, sand
  • Soiled toilet paper
  • Styrofoam and cling wrap
  • Wax
  • Wax paper
  • Wood

Acceptable containers

  • Brown bin provided by the borough
  • Compostable plastic bags certified by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (the Québec standards organization) placed inside your brown bin
  • Paper bags placed inside your brown bin

​​​​​Maximum acceptable volume

  • Organizations, businesses and companies (if applicable): 720 litres per collection (except for municipal buildings and educational institutions)

Legislation

Collection schedule

To find out when to put out your brown bin, see Info-Collectes.

Food waste collection is now available for all building types (eight dwellings or less, nine dwellings or more, compagnies, businesses, organizations and schools).

Rules to be respected

  • Place the brown bin in the alley with the wheels facing the building before 8:00 a.m. on the morning of collection. 
  • If access to the alley is not possible or there is no alley, place the brown bin in front of the building.

Acceptable materials

Raw, cooked or spoiled food

  • Cookies, sweets and desserts
  • Dairy solids (cheese, butter and yogurt)
  • Eggs and shells
  • Fish and bones, seafood and shells
  • Grain products such as pasta, bread, rice
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat and poultry (with or without bones)
  • Nuts and shells
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Pulses and pulse-based proteins: Tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein 
  • Spices and herbs
  • Tea and herbal tea leaves or coffee grounds, with the bags or paper filters (no staples)

Food-stained paper and cardboard containers and wrappers 

  • Boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates and all other containers for frozen or takeout food made of paper or cardboard that has been stained with grease or sauce: Pizza and chicken boxes, salad bowls, poutine bowls, takeout boxes
  • Paper bags
  • Paper muffin cups

Papers stained by food waste

  • Brown paper, paper towels, Kleenex, paper napkins 
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bibs
  • Parchment paper

Other acceptable materials

  • Cold ashes from untreated wood (let cool for at least seven days)  
  • Hair, fur and feathers 
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Paper straws
  • Wooden utensils and silverware, wooden sticks and chopsticks 

Unacceptable materials

Put in your recycling

  • Clean printed material on paper or cardboard and newspapers
  • Clean paper or cardboard containers and wrappings 
  • Plastic, metal or glass containers and wrappers 

Put out for the green waste collection

  • Dead leaves
  • Garden waste
  • Lawn clippings 

Other unacceptable materials

  • All metal, glass or plastic items 
  • Biomedical waste
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates, glasses, cups and all other food wrappers or containers 
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable plastic utensils
  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarette butts
  • Construction and renovation debris
  • Crystal, porcelain, ceramics 
  • Diapers for babies and adults (even certified compostable) and plastic hygiene products such as cotton swabs
  • Disposable cleaning cloths
  • Fabric
  • Hot ashes
  • Liquids: Soup, milk, juice, coffee
  • Natural corks
  • Non-vegetable oil or grease
  • Paint, batteries and hazardous household waste
  • Pet droppings
  • Pet litter, even biodegradable
  • Plastic, even biodegradable or certified compostable
  • Soil, rock, sand
  • Soiled toilet paper
  • Styrofoam and cling wrap
  • Wax
  • Wax paper
  • Wood

Acceptable containers

  • Brown bin provided by the borough
  • Compostable plastic bags certified by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (the Québec standards organization) placed inside your brown bin
  • Paper bags placed inside your brown bin

Legislation

This service is not offered in this borough.

Collection schedules

Buildings with eight or fewer dwellings

To find out when to put out your brown bin, visit Info-Collectes.

Buildings with nine or more dwellings

Food waste collection will be gradually implemented in all buildings of 9 dwellings or more, industries, businesses and institutions.

Here is the area that will be included in April 2024 and the map of the area that is already included:

For sectors where collection is already offered, visit Info-Collectes to know when to put out your brown bin.  

If you do not live in one of these areas, you must continue to put your table scraps in your regular garbage can (household waste collection).

The implementation will continue in the fall.

Acceptable materials

Raw, cooked or spoiled food

  • Cookies, sweets and desserts
  • Dairy solids (cheese, butter and yogurt)
  • Eggs and shells
  • Fish and bones, seafood and shells
  • Grain products such as pasta, bread, rice
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat and poultry (with or without bones)
  • Nuts and shells
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Pulses and pulse-based proteins: Tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein 
  • Spices and herbs
  • Tea and herbal tea leaves or coffee grounds, with the bags or paper filters (no staples)

Food-stained paper and cardboard containers and wrappers 

  • Boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates and all other containers for frozen or takeout food made of paper or cardboard that has been stained with grease or sauce: Pizza and chicken boxes, salad bowls, poutine bowls, takeout boxes
  • Paper bags
  • Paper muffin cups

Papers stained by food waste

  • Brown paper, paper towels, Kleenex, paper napkins 
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bibs
  • Parchment paper

Other acceptable materials

  • Cold ashes from untreated wood (let cool for at least seven days)  
  • Hair, fur and feathers 
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Paper straws
  • Wooden utensils and silverware, wooden sticks and chopsticks 

Unacceptable materials

Put in your recycling

  • Clean printed material on paper or cardboard and newspapers
  • Clean paper or cardboard containers and wrappings 
  • Plastic, metal or glass containers and wrappers 

Put out for the green waste collection

  • Dead leaves
  • Garden waste
  • Lawn clippings 

Other unacceptable materials

  • All metal, glass or plastic items 
  • Biomedical waste
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates, glasses, cups and all other food wrappers or containers 
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable plastic utensils
  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarette butts
  • Construction and renovation debris
  • Crystal, porcelain, ceramics 
  • Diapers for babies and adults (even certified compostable) and plastic hygiene products such as cotton swabs
  • Disposable cleaning cloths
  • Fabric
  • Hot ashes
  • Liquids: Soup, milk, juice, coffee
  • Natural corks
  • Non-vegetable oil or grease
  • Paint, batteries and hazardous household waste
  • Pet droppings
  • Pet litter, even biodegradable
  • Plastic, even biodegradable or certified compostable
  • Soil, rock, sand
  • Soiled toilet paper
  • Styrofoam and cling wrap
  • Wax
  • Wax paper
  • Wood

Acceptable containers

  • Brown bin provided by the borough
  • Compostable plastic bags certified by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (the Québec standards organization) placed inside your brown bin
  • Paper bags placed inside your brown bin

Legislation

Collection schedules

To find out when to put out your brown bin, visit Info-Collectes.

Acceptable materials

Raw, cooked or spoiled food

  • Cookies, sweets and desserts
  • Dairy solids (cheese, butter and yogurt)
  • Eggs and shells
  • Fish and bones, seafood and shells
  • Grain products such as pasta, bread, rice
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat and poultry (with or without bones)
  • Nuts and shells
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Pulses and pulse-based proteins: Tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein 
  • Spices and herbs
  • Tea and herbal tea leaves or coffee grounds, with the bags or paper filters (no staples)

Food-stained paper and cardboard containers and wrappers 

  • Boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates and all other containers for frozen or takeout food made of paper or cardboard that has been stained with grease or sauce: Pizza and chicken boxes, salad bowls, poutine bowls, takeout boxes
  • Paper bags
  • Paper muffin cups

Papers stained by food waste

  • Brown paper, paper towels, Kleenex, paper napkins 
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bibs
  • Parchment paper

Other acceptable materials

  • Cold ashes from untreated wood (let cool for at least seven days)  
  • Hair, fur and feathers 
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Paper straws
  • Wooden utensils and silverware, wooden sticks and chopsticks 

Unacceptable materials

Put in your recycling

  • Clean printed material on paper or cardboard and newspapers
  • Clean paper or cardboard containers and wrappings 
  • Plastic, metal or glass containers and wrappers 

Put out for the green waste collection

  • Dead leaves
  • Garden waste
  • Lawn clippings 

Other unacceptable materials

  • All metal, glass or plastic items 
  • Biomedical waste
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates, glasses, cups and all other food wrappers or containers 
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable plastic utensils
  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarette butts
  • Construction and renovation debris
  • Crystal, porcelain, ceramics 
  • Diapers for babies and adults (even certified compostable) and plastic hygiene products such as cotton swabs
  • Disposable cleaning cloths
  • Fabric
  • Hot ashes
  • Liquids: Soup, milk, juice, coffee
  • Natural corks
  • Non-vegetable oil or grease
  • Paint, batteries and hazardous household waste
  • Pet droppings
  • Pet litter, even biodegradable
  • Plastic, even biodegradable or certified compostable
  • Soil, rock, sand
  • Soiled toilet paper
  • Styrofoam and cling wrap
  • Wax
  • Wax paper
  • Wood

Acceptable containers

  • Brown bin provided by the borough
  • Compostable plastic bags certified by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (the Québec standards organization) placed inside your brown bin
  • Paper bags placed inside your brown bin

Legislation

This service is not offered in this borough.

Collection schedules

To find out when to put out your brown bin, visit Info-Collectes.

Acceptable materials

Raw, cooked or spoiled food

  • Cookies, sweets and desserts
  • Dairy solids (cheese, butter and yogurt)
  • Eggs and shells
  • Fish and bones, seafood and shells
  • Grain products such as pasta, bread, rice
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat and poultry (with or without bones)
  • Nuts and shells
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Pulses and pulse-based proteins: Tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein 
  • Spices and herbs
  • Tea and herbal tea leaves or coffee grounds, with the bags or paper filters (no staples)

Food-stained paper and cardboard containers and wrappers 

  • Boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates and all other containers for frozen or takeout food made of paper or cardboard that has been stained with grease or sauce: Pizza and chicken boxes, salad bowls, poutine bowls, takeout boxes
  • Paper bags
  • Paper muffin cups

Papers stained by food waste

  • Brown paper, paper towels, Kleenex, paper napkins 
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bibs
  • Parchment paper

Other acceptable materials

  • Cold ashes from untreated wood (let cool for at least seven days)  
  • Hair, fur and feathers 
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Paper straws
  • Wooden utensils and silverware, wooden sticks and chopsticks 

Unacceptable materials

Put in your recycling

  • Clean printed material on paper or cardboard and newspapers
  • Clean paper or cardboard containers and wrappings 
  • Plastic, metal or glass containers and wrappers 

Put out for the green waste collection

  • Dead leaves
  • Garden waste
  • Lawn clippings 

Other unacceptable materials

  • All metal, glass or plastic items 
  • Biomedical waste
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates, glasses, cups and all other food wrappers or containers 
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable plastic utensils
  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarette butts
  • Construction and renovation debris
  • Crystal, porcelain, ceramics 
  • Diapers for babies and adults (even certified compostable) and plastic hygiene products such as cotton swabs
  • Disposable cleaning cloths
  • Fabric
  • Hot ashes
  • Liquids: Soup, milk, juice, coffee
  • Natural corks
  • Non-vegetable oil or grease
  • Paint, batteries and hazardous household waste
  • Pet droppings
  • Pet litter, even biodegradable
  • Plastic, even biodegradable or certified compostable
  • Soil, rock, sand
  • Soiled toilet paper
  • Styrofoam and cling wrap
  • Wax
  • Wax paper
  • Wood

Acceptable containers

  • Brown bin provided by the borough
  • Paper bags placed inside your brown bin (to be favoured)
  • Compostable plastic bags certified by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (the Québec standards organization) placed inside your brown bin. Please note that the word “compostable” must appear on the box. “Biodegradable” bags are not always compostable.

Maximum volume

  • 720 litres per commercial or industrial establishment

Legislation

Collection schedules

Buildings with eight or fewer dwellings

To find out when to put out your brown bin, visit Info-Collectes.

Buildings with nine or more dwellings

Beginning June 5, 2023, food waste collections will be launched in these areas:

  • Area 1:  Crawford Park and Île-des-Sœurs
  • Area 4: Rue Melrose to Rue Stephens, in certain buildings only.

For collection schedules, please visit Info-Collectes

If you are a building manager and have questions, please contact Nature Action Québec, the organization that is in charge of the launch, at 438-393-3046 or by email at [email protected].

If you do not live in these areas, you must put table scraps in your regular garbage (household waste collection).

Acceptable materials

Raw, cooked or spoiled food

  • Cookies, sweets and desserts
  • Dairy solids (cheese, butter and yogurt)
  • Eggs and shells
  • Fish and bones, seafood and shells
  • Grain products such as pasta, bread, rice
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat and poultry (with or without bones)
  • Nuts and shells
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Pulses and pulse-based proteins: Tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein 
  • Spices and herbs
  • Tea and herbal tea leaves or coffee grounds, with the bags or paper filters (no staples)

Food-stained paper and cardboard containers and wrappers 

  • Boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates and all other containers for frozen or takeout food made of paper or cardboard that has been stained with grease or sauce: Pizza and chicken boxes, salad bowls, poutine bowls, takeout boxes
  • Paper bags
  • Paper muffin cups

Papers stained by food waste

  • Brown paper, paper towels, Kleenex, paper napkins 
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bibs
  • Parchment paper

Other acceptable materials

  • Cold ashes from untreated wood (let cool for at least seven days)  
  • Hair, fur and feathers 
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Paper straws
  • Wooden utensils and silverware, wooden sticks and chopsticks 

Unacceptable materials

Put in your recycling

  • Clean printed material on paper or cardboard and newspapers
  • Clean paper or cardboard containers and wrappings 
  • Plastic, metal or glass containers and wrappers 

Put out for the green waste collection

  • Dead leaves
  • Garden waste
  • Lawn clippings 

Other unacceptable materials

  • All metal, glass or plastic items 
  • Biomedical waste
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates, glasses, cups and all other food wrappers or containers 
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable plastic utensils
  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarette butts
  • Construction and renovation debris
  • Crystal, porcelain, ceramics 
  • Diapers for babies and adults (even certified compostable) and plastic hygiene products such as cotton swabs
  • Disposable cleaning cloths
  • Fabric
  • Hot ashes
  • Liquids: Soup, milk, juice, coffee
  • Natural corks
  • Non-vegetable oil or grease
  • Paint, batteries and hazardous household waste
  • Pet droppings
  • Pet litter, even biodegradable
  • Plastic, even biodegradable or certified compostable
  • Soil, rock, sand
  • Soiled toilet paper
  • Styrofoam and cling wrap
  • Wax
  • Wax paper
  • Wood

Acceptable containers

Preferred

  • Brown bin provided by the borough
  • Paper bags placed inside your brown bin

Not recommended

  • Compostable plastic bags, even those certified by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (the Québec standards organization), for depositing food waste inside your brown bin

Legislation

Collection schedules

Buildings with eight or fewer dwellings

To find out when to put out your brown bin, visit Info-Collectes.

Buildings with nine or more dwellings

The food waste collection is included in the household waste collection, except in sector 4 as of Novembre 1, 2022.

Sector 4 is bordered by Rue Champlain (both sides), Rue Sherbrooke (both sides), the Mercier—Hochelaga-Maisonneuve border limit and the St. Lawrence River. In this sector, you must participate in the food waste collection.

Acceptable materials

Raw, cooked or spoiled food

  • Cookies, sweets and desserts
  • Dairy solids (cheese, butter and yogurt)
  • Eggs and shells
  • Fish and bones, seafood and shells
  • Grain products such as pasta, bread, rice
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat and poultry (with or without bones)
  • Nuts and shells
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Pulses and pulse-based proteins: Tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein 
  • Spices and herbs
  • Tea and herbal tea leaves or coffee grounds, with the bags or paper filters (no staples)

Food-stained paper and cardboard containers and wrappers 

  • Boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates and all other containers for frozen or takeout food made of paper or cardboard that has been stained with grease or sauce: Pizza and chicken boxes, salad bowls, poutine bowls, takeout boxes
  • Paper bags
  • Paper muffin cups

Papers stained by food waste

  • Brown paper, paper towels, Kleenex, paper napkins 
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bibs
  • Parchment paper

Other acceptable materials

  • Cold ashes from untreated wood (let cool for at least seven days)  
  • Hair, fur and feathers 
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Paper straws
  • Wooden utensils and silverware, wooden sticks and chopsticks 

Unacceptable materials

Put in your recycling

  • Clean printed material on paper or cardboard and newspapers
  • Clean paper or cardboard containers and wrappings 
  • Plastic, metal or glass containers and wrappers 

Put out for the green waste collection

  • Dead leaves
  • Garden waste
  • Lawn clippings 

Other unacceptable materials

  • All metal, glass or plastic items 
  • Biomedical waste
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates, glasses, cups and all other food wrappers or containers 
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable plastic utensils
  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarette butts
  • Construction and renovation debris
  • Crystal, porcelain, ceramics 
  • Diapers for babies and adults (even certified compostable) and plastic hygiene products such as cotton swabs
  • Disposable cleaning cloths
  • Fabric
  • Hot ashes
  • Liquids: Soup, milk, juice, coffee
  • Natural corks
  • Non-vegetable oil or grease
  • Paint, batteries and hazardous household waste
  • Pet droppings
  • Pet litter, even biodegradable
  • Plastic, even biodegradable or certified compostable
  • Soil, rock, sand
  • Soiled toilet paper
  • Styrofoam and cling wrap
  • Wax
  • Wax paper
  • Wood

Acceptable containers

  • Brown bin provided by the borough
  • Compostable plastic bags certified by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (the Québec standards organization) placed inside your brown bin
  • Paper bags placed inside your brown bin

Legislation

Collection schedules

Buildings with eight or fewer dwellings

To find out when to put out your brown bin, visit Info-Collectes.

Buildings with nine or more dwellings,  companies, businesses, organizations and schools 

Food waste collection will be offered:

  • In François-Perrault, starting November 6, 2023
  • In Parc-Extension, starting July 16, 2024
  • In Saint-Sulpice, starting November 6, 2024
  • In Villeray , starting summer 2025

As soon as this collection is available, please participate.

Acceptable materials

Raw, cooked or spoiled food

  • Cookies, sweets and desserts
  • Dairy solids (cheese, butter and yogurt)
  • Eggs and shells
  • Fish and bones, seafood and shells
  • Grain products such as pasta, bread, rice
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat and poultry (with or without bones)
  • Nuts and shells
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Pulses and pulse-based proteins: Tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein 
  • Spices and herbs
  • Tea and herbal tea leaves or coffee grounds, with the bags or paper filters (no staples)

Food-stained paper and cardboard containers and wrappers 

  • Boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates and all other containers for frozen or takeout food made of paper or cardboard that has been stained with grease or sauce: Pizza and chicken boxes, salad bowls, poutine bowls, takeout boxes
  • Paper bags
  • Paper muffin cups

Papers stained by food waste

  • Brown paper, paper towels, Kleenex, paper napkins 
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bibs
  • Parchment paper

Other acceptable materials

  • Cold ashes from untreated wood (let cool for at least seven days)  
  • Hair, fur and feathers 
  • Pet food and animal feed
  • Paper straws
  • Wooden utensils and silverware, wooden sticks and chopsticks 

Unacceptable materials

Put in your recycling

  • Clean printed material on paper or cardboard and newspapers
  • Clean paper or cardboard containers and wrappings 
  • Plastic, metal or glass containers and wrappers 

Put out for the green waste collection

  • Dead leaves
  • Garden waste
  • Lawn clippings 

Other unacceptable materials

  • All metal, glass or plastic items 
  • Biomedical waste
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable boxes, bowls, condiment containers, plates, glasses, cups and all other food wrappers or containers 
  • Certified compostable, PLA, cornstarch or biodegradable plastic utensils
  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarette butts
  • Construction and renovation debris
  • Crystal, porcelain, ceramics 
  • Diapers for babies and adults (even certified compostable) and plastic hygiene products such as cotton swabs
  • Disposable cleaning cloths
  • Fabric
  • Hot ashes
  • Liquids: Soup, milk, juice, coffee
  • Natural corks
  • Non-vegetable oil or grease
  • Paint, batteries and hazardous household waste
  • Pet droppings
  • Pet litter, even biodegradable
  • Plastic, even biodegradable or certified compostable
  • Soil, rock, sand
  • Soiled toilet paper
  • Styrofoam and cling wrap
  • Wax
  • Wax paper
  • Wood

Acceptable containers

  • Brown bin provided by the borough
  • Compostable plastic bags certified by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (the Québec standards organization) placed inside your brown bin
  • Paper bags placed inside your brown bin

Legislation