Gatineau collects recyclable and compostable materials (including green residues), household waste and large metallic objects. Some materials that are not collected can be dropped off at the ecocentres. This is the case, for instance, with computer and electronic equipment, which can be left at different locations throughout the city.
Every unit or dwelling subject to the payment of the municipal levy for residual materials is covered by this collection service.
Non-residential establishments may also be serviced (curbside collection only) as long as they have six or fewer household waste items per collection. For this purpose, an item is any mass of residual materials that has a volume of approximately 120 litres and that weighs no more than 25 kilograms.
It is prohibited to include with household waste any and all recyclable materials, green residues, large metallic objects and computer or electronic equipment.
Owners of residential or multiple dwelling buildings are required to provide their tenants with containers that are large enough to store their recyclables between collections, as well as the appropriate collection tools, as indicated in the by-law:
|Number of units per building||Approved container||Minimum storage capacity for recyclable materials between collections
|No more than 360 litres||Dumpster|
|1 to 2||Yes||No||180|
|3 to 8||Yes||No||150|
|9 to 24||Yes||Yes||120|
|25 to 99||No||Yes||90|
|100 and more||No||Yes||60|
Anyone person who violates a provision of by-law 839-2018 (in French only) is commiting an offence and is liable to a minimum fine of $200 for a first offense. However, the officer in charge of enforcing the by-law will issue at least three courtesy notices to an offender before issuing a ticket. The minimum fine is doubled for a repeat offence.
For additional information on this topic, click on the full by-law (in French only).