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Residual materials collection: new in 2024
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Residual materials collection: new in 2024
Residual materials collection: new in 2024

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Modernizing your residual materials collections!

Changes coming into effect on Thursday, May 30, 2024.

Robotized collection

From now on, your bins will be emptied by a truck with a robotic arm.

To enable the robotic arm to properly empty your bins, make sure that:

  • you use only the designated bins (see below)
  • the wheels are facing your house
  • there is a 60 cm clearance on either side of each bin, and there are no obstacles in front of them
  • the lids are completely closed, with no overflow and nothing on the lid that could fall on the ground when the bin is lifted by the robotized arm
  • the anti-rodent latch is released
  • your bins are on your driveway or on your property, not on the street or on the sidewalk, to avoid blocking the movement of pedestrians and snow clearing equipment

Accepted collection methods

Ville de Gatineau wheeled bins (brown, blue and gray bins)

European model wheeled bins (in a color other than blue) identified by a “V” for “vert” (for yard waste)

Ville de Gatineau labels for overflow garbage bags

These bags must be placed next to the street along with the gray bin, to be collected the day after the general collection day by another truck.

Refused collection methods

Trash cans

Bagged leaves

American model wheeled bins


Branches and other excess trash next to the bins

Recycling bags

What is the difference between a European model and an American model bin?

Collection of bulky items by appointment

Bulky items will now be collected by appointment only. It will be possible to have them collected more often throughout the year!

Booking a collection

Registration will be possible by May 24, 2024.

What else is new in terms of bulky items collection?

  • You can arrange for the collection of different types of bulky items at the same time.
  • You can arrange to have up to 4 items (12 for multi-unit residential buildings) collected at a time.
  • For buildings with containers, bulky items must be left next to the garbage container or in some other spot designated by the building manager.

Accepted materials

  • Cooling appliances (air conditioners, heat pumps, refrigerators, freezers, wine coolers, etc.)
  • Outdoor items (tarps, pool covers, empty pool filters, hoses, pool or shed panels, BBQs (without the propane tank), patio chairs and tables, etc.)
  • Indoor items (mattresses, bed frames, sofas, carpets, blinds, exercise equipment, artificial Christmas trees, etc.)
  • Tree branches and trunks measuring more than 4 cm and less than 10 cm in diameter, natural Christmas trees (without decorations).
  • Household appliances (stoves, washers, dryers, microwaves, dishwashers, etc.)
  • Heating equipment (water heaters, oil tanks, chimney stacks, electric fireplaces, etc.)
  • Electronics (TVs, home theatres)
  • Wood (wood furniture, lumber, doors, cupboards, fences, floating floors, etc.)

Refused materials

  • Appliances equipped with a combustion engine or an oil or gas tank (lawn mowers, snow blowers, etc.)
  • Tires and vehicle parts
  • Flat glass (windows, mirrors, patio doors, window panes, etc.)
  • Construction and renovation residues (toilets, bathtubs, sinks, showers, gypsum, ceramics, etc.)
  • Branches and pieces of wood over 10 cm in diameter
  • Bulky items weighing more than 50 kg, measuring more than 1.5 m in length or that cannot be carried by two people without mechanical equipment

To ensure your bulky items are collected

  • No more than 4 bulky items (12 for multi-unit residential buildings) per booking.
  • For houses and buildings with wheeled bins, bulky items must be placed curbside.
  • For buildings with containers, bulky items must be placed next to the garbage container or in some other spot in the yard designated by the building manager.
  • Carpets must be rolled and tied up.
  • Bits of wood must be placed in an open container such as a box or a trash with handles.
  • Branches must be tied in bundles.

Special yard waste collections

Yard waste is accepted every week in brown bins and designated bins identified by a “V” for “vert” or at the ecocentres. Any surplus will be collected during one of the five special annual collections:

  • two in the spring
  • three in the fall

The first collections will take place in October 2024 (dates to be confirmed).


  • Dead leaves
  • Yard waste (plants, grass, etc.)
  • Branches measuring no more than 4 cm in diameter and 1.5 m in length

Accepted collection methods

  • Paper bags (maximum of 20 per collection)
    • No plastic bags
  • Trash cans (with handles) or wheeled bins identified by a “V” for “vert”
  • Branches tied in bundles (maximum of 5 bundles per collection)
    • Maximum of 25 kg per bundle


  • 60 cm clearance on either side of each wheeled bin for robotized collection of garbage and compostables.
  • Tie your branches in bundles.

Reducing your yard waste

Find out about grasscycling and leafcycling!

Special recyclables collections

Recyclables will continue to be accepted every two weeks in blue bins or in the permanent ecocentres. If you generate more recyclables than will fit into your blue bin, you can get another one for free by simply calling 311.

There will be two special collections every year for occasional recyclable surpluses:

  • After January 1
  • After July 1

Download the DTRITUS app or check its online version for your collection dates.

Accepted collection methods

  • Transparent plastic bags
  • Trash cans (with handles) or wheeled bins identified by an “R”
  • Cardboard boxes


  • Collapse cardboard boxes. You can pack them all into a single box or use string or transparent tape to bundle them into packages.
  • Leave a 60 cm (24 in.) clearance on either side of each wheeled bin for the robotized collection.

Frequently asked questions

Robotized collection

Yard waste and compostables

Bulky items collection



About Gatineau

Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 292,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.

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