Compostables are collected weekly for all types of residences.
Place your food residues and other compostables in the kitchen container, which you will then empty into the brown bins provided for the weekly collection. It is recommended that you line the bin with a certified compostable plastic bag, newspaper or a paper bag.
Only plastic bags certified by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) may be used for compostables that are to be collected. Look for the following symbols. See the list of certified compostable products that bear these logos:
Green residues may also be placed in the brown bin. Place surplus green residues in biodegradable paper bags or bins clearly marked with a V (for “vert”). Plastic bags are not permitted.
Tree branches measuring up to 12 mm in diameter and 1.5 m in length may be included with compostables. For anything larger, check with the DTRITUS search engine to find out how to dispose of them. Grass clippings are best left on the lawn because they are an excellent source of pesticide-free fertilizer.
Bins may be stored outdoors in the side yard or backyard at least one metre from the property line. If you live in a townhouse with no side yard, you may store your bins in the front yard.
On collection day, place the brown bin next to the other bins at the curb or on the sidewalk, with the wheels facing the house. In the winter, bins left at the curb or on the sidewalk may slow snow clearing operations.
Put your bins out no earlier than 7 p.m. the day before or no later than 7 a.m. on collection day. Collection is between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. If your bins have not been emptied, submit a request.
Height: 85 cm (33 in)
Height: 110 cm (43 in)
Property owners, tenants or occupants of units with municipal collection should write their address in the designated space on the bins on wheels provided by Gatineau. They are responsible for ensuring that bins and collection tools remain clean and waterproof through regular maintenance.
If you do not have a bin on wheels, you can order one by submitting a request. Bins will be delivered to you at no charge, along with a start-up kit and instructions on taking part in this collection.
Bins on wheels with the Gatineau logo that are provided for the collection of compostables are Gatineau's property.
If your bin on wheels is damaged, broken or stolen submit a request. Property owners are responsible for covering the cost of repairing or replacing bins that are broken by the property owner, tenant or occupant of one of the units. The cost of replacing stolen bins will be covered by Gatineau after an investigation.