In order to meet the new provincial government requirements, the 2016-2020 residual materials management plan is designed to reduce by 45% the amount of waste we generate by 2020. Major changes have been made to the collection of residual materials in the residential sector since July 15, 2018.

A new by-law concerning residual materials management was adopted on July 3, 2018 by the Municipal Council. That by-law specifies the changes in the collection service.

New for waste bulky items

  • As of August 30, 2018, waste bulky items (going to landfill) can be dropped off, free of charge, at the waste transfer centre.
    • This no-fee option applies to Gatineau residents, residential unit owners and small businesses. It also applies to environmental or social housing non profit organizations, including social housing cooperatives.
    • The items that will be accepted free of charge are bulky items going to landfill, including such things as upholstered furniture, mattresses, rugs and plastic bulky items (anything that will not be accepted at the ecocentre).
  • The waste transfer centre hours of operation have been extended effective August 30, 2018. The centre will now be open to residents as follows:
    • Thursday and Friday, from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.*
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.*

* These times are strictly for dropping off waste bulky items. 

As of July 2019

  • Household garbage: Effective July 15, 2019, the volume of household garbage containers will be limited to 120 litres. Only those containers and tagged overflow garbage bags will be accepted for curbside collection for units served.
    • Gatineau will distribute gray bins for household garbage for units using curbside collection by the fall of 2018.
    • Gatineau will introduce a container and trash can recovery program after the new gray bins have been delivered.
    • Consultations will be held in the coming year to:
      • provide an overview of specific cases (day cares, large families, small businesses, seniors' residences, etc.); and
      • develop ways to reduce the burden for those specific cases.
    • A fee model will be adopted by the Municipal Council in the spring of 2019 for implementation effective July 15, 2019.

When in doubt, consult DTRITUS

Download the DTRITUS mobile app! This free app will help you to quickly:

  • figure out how you should dispose of your residual materials, or which bin to put them in;
  • determine your collection day, and get a personalized calendar for your address; and
  • receive notifications the day before your collection, and alerts for special collections.

The search tool and the collection calendar are also available online.


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