Bulky items and construction residues
As of July 15, 2018, bulky items and construction residues will no longer be collected along with household garbage. Consult the Updates section.

Bulky items is anything too large to be placed in containers for collection. They include furniture, tree branches, mattresses, lumber and construction residues.

What should you do with your bulky items and construction residue?

Information about special collections

Four times a year, Gatineau organizes a special collection for waste bulky items and another for construction residues. Those collections take place every year in the first two weeks of October, April, May and July. For a personalized collection calendar for your address, consult DTRITUS.

Waste bulky items: Waste bulky items are items that have been designated for the landfill site, but are too big to fit into a trash container. Before placing you bulky items curbside for the special collections, make sure that there is no alternative, such as reuse.

Accepted and not accepted materials

Construction residues: Construction residues are items that have been designated for recycling, but that do not fit into a trash container.

Accepted and not accepted

Upcoming collection dates

Waste bulky item collections

West sector

Regular household garbage collection day in the week of:

  • October 1, 2018
  • April 1, 2019
  • April 29, 2019
  • July 8, 2019

East sector

Regular household garbage collection day in the week of:

  • October 8, 2018
  • April 8, 2019
  • May 6, 2019
  • July 1, 2019

Construction residue collections

West sector

Regular recyclables collection day in the week of:

  • October 8, 2018
  • April 8, 2019
  • May 6, 2019
  • July 1, 2019

East sector

Regular recyclables collection day in the week of:

  • October 1, 2018
  • April 1, 2019
  • April 29, 2019
  • July 8, 2019

Instructions for special collections

  • Bulky waste and construction residues must be visible, not packaged, and piled up in an orderly and secure manner.
  • Nails in construction residues must be bent over or removed for the safety of the attendants.
  • It must be possible for two people to carry the items.
  • During special collections, waste bulky items and construction residues must be placed at curbside, including for buildings that generally receive courtyard collection.

Reuse — picked up from your home

Residents wishing to dispose of reusable or recyclable bulky items by donating them can call 311 to arrange for home pick-up. Once your request is received, the organization mandated by Gatineau to collect your reusable bulky items will call you to confirm the request and set a day for pick-up. It can take up to two weeks from the time the request is made until the item is picked up.

Instructions

  • The organization is free to refuse any item that it deems to be in poor condition.
  • It must be possible for two people to carry the item without any mechanical equipment.
  • The item must fit into a truck.

Accepted and not accepted

This free service is offered through a partnership between Gatineau and the following social economy organizations: La Relance Outaouais inc. and Les Grands Frères et Grandes Sœurs de l'Outaouais inc.

Ecocentres

Metal bulky items, construction residues and certain items in good condition (reusable) are accepted in the Gatineau ecocentres.

Access to the ecocentres is free for Gatineau residents and property owners (proof of residence is required).

Accepted and not accepted

Instructions

  • Items must be sorted to facilitate and accelerate their transfer into the appropriate containers at the sites.
  • You are responsible for unloading your materials manually at the sites. Attendants are not required to assist you. If you think that you will need assistance, bring someone along to help you.
  • Dump trailers are only permitted for rubble and asphalt shingles.
  • Please note that Gatineau reserves the right to refuse any load of construction residues mixed with household garbage or other not accepted items.

For information about the ecocentre locations and hours, click on Ecocentres.

Waste transfer station

Between special collections, waste bulky items designated for the landfill sites may be dropped off at the waste transfer station for free*.

Accepted and not accepted

* Pour les citoyens et propriétaires de Gatineau, les petites entreprises et les organismes à but non lucratif exerçant des activités dans le domaine de l'environnement ou du logement social, incluant les coopératives de logements sociaux.

Online tools to help you determine where to take your bulky items

  • Consult DTRITUS to find out how to dispose of your waste. You can also obtain a personalized collection calendar for your address, and receive notices and reminders about collections.
  • The Green directory is an online search tool for ecological products and services in Gatineau. Consult it for tips on more responsible consumption and for ways to dispose of your bulky items, items in good condition, construction residues, electronic products, etc.

DTRITUS

Green directory

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