Recyclables are collected every two weeks from residential units with curbside service, and once a week from multi-unit residential buildings and condominiums with dumpsters.

Information about the collection

All recyclables can be placed in one bin: containers, packaging and print paper, cardboard, plastic, glass or metal. They can be placed in 360 litre blue bins on wheels, small 64 litre recycling bins (green or blue), recycling containers in multi-unit residential buildings or condominiums, transparent plastic bags, cardboard boxes or a bin with handles identified with a “R” for surplus recyclables.

Bin storage and collection day

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 blue 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.

Bin dimensions - 360 litre

Height: 112 cm (44 in)
Width: 73 cm (29 in)
Depth: 87 cm (34 in)

Bin and dumpster maintenance

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.

Ordering bins and dumpsters

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. Dumpsters with the Gatineau logo that are provided for recyclables are also Gatineau's property.

However, dumpsters authorized for the collection of household garbage (garbage cans, bins) belong to the property owner, and must be appropriate for the type of collection.

Bin repair or replacement

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.

Accepted and not accepted materials in recycling bins

Print material, container, packaging: anything made of paper, cardboard, plastic, metal or glass goes in the blue bin.


Paper and cardboard, including

  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Flyers, newspapers and magazines
  • Cardboard boxes and rolls
  • Books

Plastic, including

  • Bottles
  • Caps and lids
  • Number 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7
  • Bags and wraps containers and packaging

Metal, including

  • Cans
  • Foil bottles and cans
  • Caps and lids
  • Foil paper

Glass, including

  • Bottles
  • Jars and containers

Not accepted

  • Soiled paper and cardboard
  • Styrofoam containers and number 6 plastic
  • Plastic not identified with a number
  • Laminated plastic packaging (chip bags, snack bar packaging, etc.)
  • Flat glass (broken dishes, mirrors and window panes)
  • Toys
  • Electronic items
  • Hazardous household waste (batteries and paint)
  • Construction materials (wood, ceramic, mineral wool)
  • Clothing and textiles

When in doubt, consult DTRITUS to find out how to dispose of your items.

Useful tips

  • Empty and rinse containers if possible.
  • Place all materials in the bin (loosely).
  • For easier sorting, place shredded paper in a transparent plastic bag. Do the same with bags and packaging wrap (a bag of bags). All other materials should be left loose in the blue bin.
  • Remove anything with a no. 6 code as well as anything without a recycling symbol.
  • Keep lids separate from containers.
  • Do not put soiled paper or cardboard in the bin.
  • Do not tie up paper, cardboard or containers, and do not place them in a plastic bag.
  • Remover clips, staples, adhesive tape and plastic rings.
  • Flatten cardboard boxes, including juice and milk containers, for more space.

Frequently asked questions

  1. I am a tenant, and I do not have access to a blue bin. What should I do?
    Submit a request or call 311. Property owners are required to provide their occupants or tenants with containers large enough to hold recyclables between collections, as well as with the appropriate collection tools.
  2. What should I do if my bin is not emptied?
    Leave it at the curb, and call 311 or submit a request.
  3. What should I do if I have a surplus of recyclables?
    You can bring them to an ecocentre during business hours.
  4. Where do recyclables go?
    They are sorted at the Tricentris sorting and recycling facility on boulevard de l'Aéroport in Gatineau, and then bundled up and sold to the highest bidder. That may be a Canadian or a foreign business.
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