Get details about green waste collections

Last updated November 17, 2022

Collection schedules, accepted materials, materials that are not accepted and types of bins that are allowed. Find out how to put out green waste according to standards.

Green waste is organic waste: grass clippings, dead leaves, spring yard cleaning and gardening waste, etc.

Green waste is only collected for part of the year. Generally, this is in the spring and fall. In some boroughs (Lachine, Pierrefonds-Roxboro), green waste collection has been merged with organic materials collections that take place all year long.

The green waste collection produces compost, which is distributed to residents once or twice a year depending on the borough.

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Collection schedules

To find out when to put out your green waste for pickup, visit Info-collectes.

Outside of these collection periods, there are four possibilities available to you: 

  • Bring your garden debris (including branches with a diameter greater than 5 cm) to the ecocentre nearest you to be composted.
  • Put your garden debris in your garden composter if you have one.
  • Keep your garden debris on your property until the next collection period.
  • As a last resort, put green waste in your household waste. In this case, they will be treated as household waste and will not be composted.

Acceptable materials

  • Dead leaves
  • Debris from stubble plowing
  • Debris from fruit and vegetable gardening
  • Evergreen (including hedges and cedar) and deciduous tree branches with a maximum diameter of 5 cm (2 in) fastened with fiber rope in 1 m (3.3 ft) long bundles with a maximum diameter of  50 cm (20 in) and a maximum weight of 25 kg
  • Lawn clippings
  • Green waste, branches, twigs
  • Wood chips

Unacceptable materials

  • Branches that are more than 1 m long with a diameter greater than 5 cm
  • Food waste
  • Pet litter
  • Sawdust
  • Shrubbery
  • Soil, rocks
  • Stumps, trunks

Acceptable containers

  • Open cardboard boxes with a maximum length of 1.5 m
  • Compostable paper bags
  • Reusable rigid containers, equipped with handles and the lid removed, of maximum 150 litres and maximum 25 kg (please do not use the bins provided by the city)

Collection schedules

To find out when to put out your green waste for pickup, visit Info-collectes.

Outside of these collection periods, there are four possibilities available to you: 

  • Put your garden debris in your garden composter if you have one.
  • Keep your garden debris on your property until the next collection period.
  • Bring your garden debris (including branches with a diameter greater than 5 cm) to the ecocentre nearest you to be composted.
  • As a last resort, put green waste in your household waste. In this case, they will be treated as household waste and will not be composted.

Rules to be respected

Put the containers away before 10:00 p.m. on the day of collection.

Acceptable materials

  • Dead leaves
  • Debris from stubble plowing
  • Debris from fruit and vegetable gardening
  • Evergreen (including hedges and cedar) and deciduous tree branches with a maximum diameter of 5 cm (2 in) fastened with fiber rope in 1 m (3.3 ft) long bundles with a maximum diameter of  50 cm (20 in) and a maximum weight of 25 kg
  • Lawn clippings
  • Green waste, branches, twigs
  • Wood chips

Unacceptable materials

  • Branches that are more than 1 m long with a diameter greater than 5 cm
  • Food waste
  • Pet litter
  • Sawdust
  • Shrubbery
  • Soil, rocks
  • Stumps, trunks

Acceptable containers

  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Reusable rigid containers, equipped with handles and the lid removed, of maximum 150 litres and maximum 25 kg (please do not use the bins provided by the city). Bins with a capacity of 360 liters will not be accepted.
  • Compostable paper bags
  • Transparent plastic bags

Collection schedules

To find out when to put out your green waste for pickup, visit Info-collectes.

Outside of these collection periods, there are four possibilities available to you: 

  • Bring your garden debris (including branches with a diameter greater than 5 cm) to the ecocentre nearest you to be composted.
  • Put your garden debris in your garden composter if you have one.
  • Keep your garden debris on your property until the next collection period.
  • As a last resort, put green waste in your household waste. In this case, they will be treated as household waste and will not be composted.

Acceptable materials

  • Dead leaves
  • Debris from stubble plowing
  • Debris from fruit and vegetable gardening
  • Evergreen (including hedges and cedar) and deciduous tree branches with a maximum diameter of 5 cm (2 in) fastened with fiber rope in 1 m (3.3 ft) long bundles with a maximum diameter of  50 cm (20 in) and a maximum weight of 25 kg
  • Lawn clippings
  • Green waste, branches, twigs
  • Wood chips

Unacceptable materials

  • Branches that are more than 1 m long with a diameter greater than 5 cm
  • Food waste
  • Pet litter
  • Sawdust
  • Shrubbery
  • Soil, rocks
  • Stumps, trunks

Acceptable containers

  • Reusable rigid containers: garbage cans, etc. (please do not use the bins provided by the city)
  • Compostable paper bags
  • See-through plastic bags

The green waste and dead leaves collection is now included in the organic waste collection for all buildings, whether they count eight dwellings or fewer, or nine dwellings or more.

Please view information on organic waste collection

Collection schedules

To find out when to put out your green waste for pickup, visit Info-collectes.

Outside of these collection periods, there are four possibilities available to you: 

  • Bring your garden debris (including branches with a diameter greater than 5 cm) to the ecocentre nearest you to be composted.
  • Put your garden debris in your garden composter if you have one.
  • Keep your garden debris on your property until the next collection period.
  • As a last resort, put green waste in your household waste. In this case, they will be treated as household waste and will not be composted.

Acceptable materials

  • Dead leaves
  • Debris from stubble plowing
  • Debris from fruit and vegetable gardening
  • Evergreen (including hedges and cedar) and deciduous tree branches with a maximum diameter of 5 cm (2 in) fastened with fiber rope in 1 m (3.3 ft) long bundles with a maximum diameter of  50 cm (20 in) and a maximum weight of 25 kg
  • Lawn clippings
  • Green waste, branches, twigs
  • Wood chips

Unacceptable materials

  • Branches that are more than 1 m long with a diameter greater than 5 cm
  • Food waste
  • Pet litter
  • Sawdust
  • Shrubbery
  • Soil, rocks
  • Stumps, trunks

Acceptable containers

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Reusable rigid containers: garbage cans, etc. (please do not use the bins provided by the city)
  • Compostable paper bags

Collection schedules

To find out when to put out your green waste for pickup, visit Info-collectes.

The collection period lasts for six weeks in the spring and six weeks in the fall. Dates vary depending on weather conditions. To get the collection schedule, see Info-Collectes.

Outside of these collection periods, there are four possibilities available to you: 

  • Bring your garden debris (including branches with a diameter greater than 5 cm) to the ecocentre nearest you to be composted.
  • Put your garden debris in your garden composter if you have one.
  • Keep your garden debris on your property until the next collection period.
  • As a last resort, put green waste in your household waste. In this case, they will be treated as household waste and will not be composted.

Acceptable materials

  • Dead leaves
  • Debris from stubble plowing
  • Debris from fruit and vegetable gardening
  • Evergreen (including hedges and cedar) and deciduous tree branches with a maximum diameter of 5 cm (2 in) fastened with fiber rope in 1 m (3.3 ft) long bundles with a maximum diameter of  50 cm (20 in) and a maximum weight of 25 kg
  • Lawn clippings
  • Green waste, branches, twigs
  • Wood chips

Unacceptable materials

  • Branches that are more than 1 m long with a diameter greater than 5 cm
  • Food waste
  • Pet litter
  • Sawdust
  • Shrubbery
  • Soil, rocks
  • Stumps, trunks

Acceptable containers

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Reusable rigid containers: garbage cans, etc. (please do not use the bins provided by the city)
  • Compostable paper bags

Collection schedules

To find out when to put out your green waste for pickup, visit Info-collectes.

Outside of these collection periods, there are four possibilities available to you: 

  • Bring your garden debris (including branches with a diameter greater than 5 cm) to the ecocentre nearest you to be composted.
  • Put your garden debris in your garden composter if you have one.
  • Keep your garden debris on your property until the next collection period.
  • As a last resort, put green waste in your household waste. In this case, they will be treated as household waste and will not be composted.

Acceptable materials

  • Dead leaves
  • Debris from stubble plowing
  • Debris from fruit and vegetable gardening
  • Evergreen (including hedges and cedar) and deciduous tree branches with a maximum diameter of 5 cm (2 in) fastened with fiber rope in 1 m (3.3 ft) long bundles with a maximum diameter of  50 cm (20 in) and a maximum weight of 25 kg
  • Lawn clippings
  • Green waste, branches, twigs
  • Wood chips

Unacceptable materials

  • Branches that are more than 1 m long with a diameter greater than 5 cm
  • Food waste
  • Pet litter
  • Sawdust
  • Shrubbery
  • Soil, rocks
  • Stumps, trunks

Acceptable containers

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Reusable rigid containers: garbage cans, etc. (please do not use the bins provided by the city)
  • Compostable paper bags

Collection schedules

Buildings with eight dwellings or fewer

The green waste and dead leaves collection is included in the organic waste collection.

Buildings with nine dwellings or more

The green waste collection is offered for these buildings. To find out when to put out your green waste for pickup, visit Info-collectes.

Outside of these collection periods, there are four possibilities available to you: 

  • Bring your garden debris (including branches with a diameter greater than 5 cm) to the ecocentre nearest you to be composted.
  • Put your garden debris in your garden composter if you have one.
  • Keep your garden debris on your property until the next collection period.
  • As a last resort, put green waste in your household waste. In this case, they will be treated as household waste and will not be composted.

Acceptable materials

  • Dead leaves
  • Debris from stubble plowing
  • Debris from fruit and vegetable gardening
  • Evergreen (including hedges and cedar) and deciduous tree branches with a maximum diameter of 5 cm (2 in) not fastened in 1 m (3.3 ft) long bundles with a maximum diameter of  50 cm (20 in) and a maximum weight of 25 kg
  • Lawn clippings
  • Green waste, branches, twigs
  • Wood chips

Unacceptable materials

  • Branches that are more than 1 m long with a diameter greater than 5 cm
  • Food waste
  • Pet litter
  • Sawdust
  • Shrubbery
  • Soil, rocks
  • Stumps, trunks

Acceptable containers

  • Compostable paper bags
  • Reusable rigid containers: garbage cans, etc. (please do not use the bins provided by the city)

Collection schedules

To find out when to put out your green waste for pickup, visit Info-collectes.

Outside of these collection periods, there are four possibilities available to you: 

  • Bring your garden debris (including branches with a diameter greater than 5 cm) to the ecocentre nearest you to be composted.
  • Put your garden debris in your garden composter if you have one.
  • Keep your garden debris on your property until the next collection period.
  • As a last resort, put green waste in your household waste. In this case, they will be treated as household waste and will not be composted.

Acceptable materials

  • Dead leaves
  • Debris from stubble plowing
  • Debris from fruit and vegetable gardening
  • Evergreen (including hedges and cedar) and deciduous tree branches with a maximum diameter of 5 cm (2 in) fastened with fiber rope in 1 m (3.3 ft) long bundles with a maximum diameter of  50 cm (20 in) and a maximum weight of 25 kg
  • Lawn clippings
  • Green waste, branches, twigs
  • Wood chips

Unacceptable materials

  • Branches that are more than 1 m long with a diameter greater than 5 cm
  • Food waste
  • Pet litter
  • Sawdust
  • Shrubbery
  • Soil, rocks
  • Stumps, trunks

Acceptable containers

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Reusable rigid containers: garbage cans, etc. of maximum 150 litres (please do not use the bins provided by the city)
  • Compostable paper bags

Collection schedules

To find out when to put out your green waste for pickup, visit Info-collectes.

Outside of these collection periods, there are four possibilities available to you: 

  • Bring your garden debris (including branches with a diameter greater than 5 cm) to the ecocentre nearest you to be composted.
  • Put your garden debris in your garden composter if you have one.
  • Keep your garden debris on your property until the next collection period.
  • As a last resort, put green waste in your household waste. In this case, they will be treated as household waste and will not be composted.

Acceptable materials

  • Dead leaves
  • Debris from stubble plowing
  • Debris from fruit and vegetable gardening
  • Evergreen (including hedges and cedar) and deciduous tree branches with a maximum diameter of 5 cm (2 in) fastened with fiber rope in 1 m (3.3 ft) long bundles with a maximum diameter of  50 cm (20 in) and a maximum weight of 25 kg
  • Lawn clippings
  • Green waste, branches, twigs
  • Wood chips

Unacceptable materials

  • Branches that are more than 1 m long with a diameter greater than 5 cm
  • Food waste
  • Pet litter
  • Sawdust
  • Shrubbery
  • Soil, rocks
  • Stumps, trunks

Acceptable containers

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Compostable paper bags
  • Reusable rigid containers, without a cover: garbage cans, etc. (please do not use the bins provided by the city)

Collection schedules

To find out when to put out your green waste for pickup, visit Info-collectes.

Outside of these collection periods, there are four possibilities available to you: 

  • Bring your garden debris (including branches with a diameter greater than 5 cm) to the ecocentre nearest you to be composted.
  • Put your garden debris in your garden composter if you have one.
  • Keep your garden debris on your property until the next collection period.
  • As a last resort, put green waste in your household waste. In this case, they will be treated as household waste and will not be composted.

Acceptable materials

  • Dead leaves
  • Debris from stubble plowing
  • Debris from fruit and vegetable gardening
  • Evergreen (including hedges and cedar) and deciduous tree branches with a maximum diameter of 5 cm (2 in) fastened with fiber rope in 1 m (3.3 ft) long bundles with a maximum diameter of  50 cm (20 in) and a maximum weight of 25 kg
  • Lawn clippings
  • Green waste, branches, twigs
  • Wood chips

Unacceptable materials

  • Branches that are more than 1 m long with a diameter greater than 5 cm
  • Food waste
  • Pet litter
  • Sawdust
  • Shrubbery
  • Soil, rocks
  • Stumps, trunks

Acceptable containers

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Compostable paper bags
  • See-through plastic bags of maximum 150 litres
  • Reusable rigid containers, equipped with handles and without a cover, of maximum 150 litres (please do not use the bins provided by the city)

Collection schedules

The green waste and dead leaves collection is now included in the organic waste collection for all buildings: eight dwellings or fewer, nine dwellings or more, businesses, companies, organizations, and schools. 

Please view information on organic waste collection

Collection schedules

To find out when to put out your green waste for pickup, visit Info-collectes.

Outside of these collection periods, there are four possibilities available to you: 

  • Bring your garden debris (including branches with a diameter greater than 5 cm) to the ecocentre nearest you to be composted.
  • Put your garden debris in your garden composter if you have one.
  • Keep your garden debris on your property until the next collection period.
  • As a last resort, put green waste in your household waste. In this case, they will be treated as household waste and will not be composted.

Acceptable materials

  • Dead leaves
  • Debris from stubble plowing
  • Debris from fruit and vegetable gardening
  • Evergreen (including hedges and cedar) and deciduous tree branches with a maximum diameter of 5 cm (2 in) fastened with fiber rope in 1 m (3.3 ft) long bundles with a maximum diameter of  50 cm (20 in) and a maximum weight of 25 kg
  • Lawn clippings
  • Green waste, branches, twigs
  • Wood chips

Unacceptable materials

  • Branches that are more than 1 m long with a diameter greater than 5 cm
  • Food waste
  • Pet litter
  • Sawdust
  • Shrubbery
  • Soil, rocks
  • Stumps, trunks

Acceptable containers

  • Rigid reusable containers: garbage cans, etc., except the borough’s bins (recycling bin and brown bin)
  • Compostable paper bags
  • See-through plastic bags: they are not recommended, but they will still be picked up during collections

Dead leaves should be placed in compostable paper bags first. Clear and orange plastic bags are tolerated, but their plastic must then be removed from the compost.

Collection schedules

To find out when to put out your green waste for pickup, visit Info-collectes.

Outside of these collection periods, there are four possibilities available to you: 

  • Bring your garden debris (including branches with a diameter greater than 5 cm) to the ecocentre nearest you to be composted.
  • Put your garden debris in your garden composter if you have one.
  • Keep your garden debris on your property until the next collection period.
  • As a last resort, put green waste in your household waste. In this case, they will be treated as household waste and will not be composted.

Compost distribution

Part of the compost produced through the green waste collection is distributed free of charge to residents once a year in the springtime. See the montreal.ca news section to learn more.

Acceptable materials

  • Dead leaves
  • Debris from stubble plowing
  • Debris from fruit and vegetable gardening
  • Evergreen (including hedges and cedar) and deciduous tree branches with a maximum diameter of 5 cm (2 in) fastened with fiber rope in 1 m (3.3 ft) long bundles with a maximum diameter of  50 cm (20 in) and a maximum weight of 25 kg
  • Lawn clippings
  • Green waste, branches, twigs
  • Wood chips

Unacceptable materials

  • Branches that are more than 1 m long with a diameter greater than 5 cm
  • Food waste
  • Pet litter
  • Sawdust
  • Shrubbery
  • Soil, rocks
  • Stumps, trunks

Acceptable containers

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Reusable rigid containers, equipped with handles and without a cover, similar in capacity to garbage cans used for household garbage (please do not use the bins provided by the city)
  • Compostable paper bags
  • See-through plastic bags

Schedule collection

Buildings with eight dwellings or fewer

The green waste and dead leaves collection is included in the organic waste collection.

Buildings with nine dwellings or more

The green waste collection is offered. To find out when to put out your green waste for pickup, visit Info-collectes.

Outside of these collection periods, there are four possibilities available to you: 

  • Bring your garden debris (including branches with a diameter greater than 5 cm) to the ecocentre nearest you to be composted.
  • Put your garden debris in your garden composter if you have one.
  • Keep your garden debris on your property until the next collection period.
  • As a last resort, put green waste in your household waste. In this case, they will be treated as household waste and will not be composted.

Acceptable materials

  • Dead leaves
  • Debris from stubble plowing
  • Debris from fruit and vegetable gardening
  • Evergreen (including hedges and cedar) and deciduous tree branches with a maximum diameter of 5 cm (2 in) fastened with fiber rope in 1 m (3.3 ft) long bundles with a maximum diameter of  50 cm (20 in) and a maximum weight of 25 kg
  • Lawn clippings
  • Green waste, branches, twigs
  • Wood chips

Unacceptable materials

  • Branches that are more than 1 m long with a diameter greater than 5 cm
  • Food waste
  • Pet litter
  • Sawdust
  • Shrubbery
  • Soil, rocks
  • Stumps, trunks

Acceptable containers

  • Compostable paper bags
  • Reusable rigid containers, equipped with handles and a cover: garbage cans, etc. (please do not use the bins provided by the city)
  • Containers must be closed and identified “green waste”

Collection schedules

To find out when to put out your green waste for pickup, visit Info-collectes.

Outside of these collection periods, there are four possibilities available to you: 

  • Bring your garden debris (including branches with a diameter greater than 5 cm) to the ecocentre nearest you to be composted.
  • Put your garden debris in your garden composter if you have one.
  • Keep your garden debris on your property until the next collection period.
  • As a last resort, put green waste in your household waste. In this case, they will be treated as household waste and will not be composted.

Acceptable materials

  • Dead leaves
  • Debris from stubble plowing
  • Debris from fruit and vegetable gardening
  • Evergreen (including hedges and cedar) and deciduous tree branches with a maximum diameter of 5 cm (2 in) fastened with fiber rope in 1 m (3.3 ft) long bundles with a maximum diameter of  50 cm (20 in) and a maximum weight of 25 kg
  • Lawn clippings
  • Green waste, branches, twigs
  • Wood chips

Unacceptable materials

  • Branches that are more than 1 m long with a diameter greater than 5 cm
  • Food waste
  • Pet litter
  • Sawdust
  • Shrubbery
  • Soil, rocks
  • Stumps, trunks

Acceptable containers

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Reusable rigid containers, equipped with handles: garbages cans, etc. (please do not use the bins provided by the city)
  • Compostable paper bags
  • See-through plastic bags: they are not recommended, but they will still be picked up during collections

Collection schedules

To find out when to put out your green waste for pickup, visit Info-collectes.

Outside of these collection periods, there are four possibilities available to you: 

  • Bring your garden debris (including branches with a diameter greater than 5 cm) to the ecocentre nearest you to be composted.
  • Put your garden debris in your garden composter if you have one.
  • Keep your garden debris on your property until the next collection period.
  • As a last resort, put green waste in your household waste. In this case, they will be treated as household waste and will not be composted.

Acceptable materials

  • Dead leaves
  • Debris from stubble plowing
  • Debris from fruit and vegetable gardening
  • Evergreen (including hedges and cedar) and deciduous tree branches with a maximum diameter of 5 cm (2 in) fastened with fiber rope in 1 m (3.3 ft) long bundles with a maximum diameter of  50 cm (20 in) and a maximum weight of 25 kg
  • Lawn clippings
  • Green waste, branches, twigs
  • Wood chips

Unacceptable materials

  • Branches that are more than 1 m long with a diameter greater than 5 cm
  • Food waste
  • Pet litter
  • Sawdust
  • Shrubbery
  • Soil, rocks
  • Stumps, trunks

Acceptable containers

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Compostable paper bags
  • Reusable rigid plastic containers, equipped with handles: garbage cans, etc. (please do not use the bins provided by the city)
  • Containers must be identified “green waste”

Collection schedules

To find out when to put out your green waste for pickup, visit Info-collectes.

Outside of these collection periods, there are four possibilities available to you: 

  • Bring your garden debris (including branches with a diameter greater than 5 cm) to the ecocentre nearest you to be composted.
  • Put your garden debris in your garden composter if you have one.
  • Keep your garden debris on your property until the next collection period.
  • As a last resort, put green waste in your household waste. In this case, they will be treated as household waste and will not be composted.

Acceptable materials

  • Dead leaves
  • Debris from stubble plowing
  • Debris from fruit and vegetable gardening
  • Evergreen (including hedges and cedar) and deciduous tree branches with a maximum diameter of 5 cm (2 in) fastened with fiber rope in 1 m (3.3 ft) long bundles with a maximum diameter of  50 cm (20 in) and a maximum weight of 25 kg
  • Lawn clippings
  • Green waste, branches, twigs
  • Wood chips

Unacceptable materials

  • Branches that are more than 1 m long with a diameter greater than 5 cm
  • Food waste
  • Pet litter
  • Sawdust
  • Shrubbery
  • Soil, rocks
  • Stumps, trunks

Acceptable containers

  • Cardboard boxes that do not allow any residue to escape, are not more than 1.5 m long and do not weigh more than 25 kg when filled
  • Bins with a maximum capacity of 150 litres, closed by a lid and fitted with handles, weighing not more than 25 kg when filled
  • Paper bags weighing not more than 25 kg when filled

Collection schedules

To find out when to put out your green waste for pickup, visit Info-collectes.

Outside of these collection periods, there are four possibilities available to you: 

  • Bring your garden debris (including branches with a diameter greater than 5 cm) to the ecocentre nearest you to be composted.
  • Put your garden debris in your garden composter if you have one.
  • Keep your garden debris on your property until the next collection period.
  • As a last resort, put green waste in your household waste. In this case, they will be treated as household waste and will not be composted.

Acceptable materials

  • Dead leaves
  • Debris from stubble plowing
  • Debris from fruit and vegetable gardening
  • Evergreen (including hedges and cedar) and deciduous tree branches with a maximum diameter of 5 cm (2 in) fastened with fiber rope in 1 m (3.3 ft) long bundles with a maximum diameter of  50 cm (20 in) and a maximum weight of 25 kg
  • Lawn clippings
  • Green waste, branches, twigs
  • Wood chips

Unacceptable materials

  • Branches that are more than 1 m long with a diameter greater than 5 cm
  • Food waste
  • Pet litter
  • Sawdust
  • Shrubbery
  • Soil, rocks
  • Stumps, trunks

Acceptable containers

  • Cardboard boxes
  • See-through plastic bags
  • Compostable paper bags
  • Reusable rigid containers: garbage cans, etc. (please do not use the bins provided by the city)