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.

Distribution of gray bins

Gatineau has started distributing the 120-litre gray bins for household garbage, making its way from west to east, starting with the Aylmer sector. The operation should be completed by early 2019. The bins are being provided free of charge to all residential units with municipal curbside garbage collection.

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).

Since July 15, 2018

  • Composting: As with recyclables, compostables may no longer be included with household garbage.
    • Property owners are required to provide their occupants or tenants with containers large enough to hold compostables between collections.
  • Household garbage: up to six bins, together adding up to a maximum of 720 litres of household garbage per unit, will be emptied curbside.
  • Bulky items and construction residues: Bulky items and construction residues are no longer collected along with household garbage.
    • A local social economy organization will collect your reusable donated bulky items year-round. Just call and they will pick up any reusable bulky, electronic or metal items. For additional information about this service and which bulky items will be accepted, consult the Bulky items and construction residues page.
    • There are now two special collections four times a year, curbside only:
      • one is for bulky “trash” going to the landfill (mattresses, sofas, plastic or broken furniture, carpets, etc.); and
      • the other is for construction, renovation and demolition residues (wood, pallets, gypsum, etc.), which will be repurposed.
  • For multi-unit residential buildings: Household garbage containers are emptied every two weeks instead of every week. Additional collections can be arranged for a fee, as set out in the fee by-law.

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.
    • 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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