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The City is rescheduling the special bulky waste collections originally scheduled from October 31 to November 11 in the West sector. The bulky waste and bulky wood and metal collections for this area are rescheduled from November 28 to December 9, 2022. See the schedule below or the DTRITUS application.

Bulky items are too large to fit into bins for collection.

How should you dispose of bulky items?

  • Ecocentres: Drop off your bulky items at the ecocentre, no charge*. To find out what they will take, locations and hours, go to Ecocentres and waste transfer centre.

    * Fees depend on the user, and are set out in by-law no. 61-2006 (available in French only) setting out the fees for goods, services and activities offered by Ville de Gatineau. Access to the ecocentres is free for Gatineau residents. Tagged commercial vehicles or with an “F” plate are deemed small businesses.
  • Furniture stores and sellers: When you buy a new mattress or appliance, for instance, you can ask the store to take away the item you are replacing.
  • Curbside and on-request pick-up: Check the options listed on this page.
  • Not quite sure what to do? Consult DTRITUS to find out how to dispose of your items.

Before putting your bulky items curbside for special collections, check whether you have another option, such as reuse.

On-request pick-up of recoverable bulky items (recyclable or reusable)

Book a pick-up through the link below or through the DTRITUS mobile app if you would like to give your recoverable bulky items a second life. An organization mandated by Gatineau will pick up your bulky items on the scheduled day.

What is a recoverable bulky item? Any bulky item that is in good condition and can be reused or with components that can be recycled.

If you unable to book online or if you do not have access to the DTRITUS app, call 311 to place your request.

Accepted

In good condition (for reuse):

  • Garden furniture
  • Large toys
  • Non-upholstered wood furniture (e.g. bedframes, bookshelves, desks, chairs, dressers, tables)
  • Sports equipment

In any condition:

  • Above-ground metal pool panels (without the liner)
  • Appliances (e.g.: air conditioners, freezers, stoves, washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, coolers, dryers)
  • Barbecues (minus the propane tank)
  • Bicycles
  • Cast iron wood stoves and fireplaces
  • Exercise equipment
  • Furnaces
  • Gas-powered machines (e.g. lawnmowers, snow blowers)
  • Heat pumps
  • Hot water tanks
  • Large electronics (e.g. TV larger than 60 cm [24 inches], home entertainment systems)
  • Metal bathtubs
  • Metal pool filters
  • Metal shed panels
  • Non-upholstered metal furniture (e.g.: bedframes, filing cabinets, storage cabinets)
  • Rims (without tires)
  • Vacuum cleaners

Not accepted

  • Bulky waste (acrylic or fibreglass bathtubs, garden hoses, vinyl floor covering, plastic pool filters, large plastic items (furniture, toys), mineral wool, mattresses, upholstered furniture (bedframes, couches, armchairs, chairs), vinyl siding, artificial Christmas trees, blinds, styrofoam, carpets, pool liners, etc.)
  • Construction, renovation and demolition residues
  • Household garbage

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

Important

  • On collection day, place your bulky items outside, next to your building. If poor weather could damage them, place them inside, at the main entrance. However, in this case, you must be home all day to ensure your items can be picked up as arranged.
  • The organization is free to refuse any item that it deems to be in poor condition.
  • Two people should be able to carry the item without the help of mechanical equipment.
  • The item must fit into a truck.

Wood and metal bulky items

The collection of construction residues has been replaced by a collection of wood and metal bulky items that are too big to fit into a bin. Please check the adjusted list of accepted materials below.

Wood and metal bulky items are sent to a sorting centre for construction, renovation and demolition residues, where they are sorted and valorized.

Accepted

  • Branches and tree trunks larger than 12 mm in diameter, but no larger than 10 cm
  • Metal items (e.g. above-ground metal pool panels without the liner, metal shed panels, ironing boards, barbecues without tanks, filing cabinets, chairs, microwave ovens)
  • Natural Christmas trees without decorations
  • Non-upholstered wood furniture (e.g. bedframes, bookshelves, desks, chairs, dressers, rattan furniture, tables)
  • Small electronic appliances (e.g. electric fireplaces, vacuum cleaners)
  • Wood (e.g. cupboards, fences, plywood, melamine, MDF, palettes, floating floors, doors)

Not accepted

  • Branches and tree trunks larger than 10 cm in diameter
  • Bulky metal items too large or solid for the compactor truck (e.g. exercise equipment, metal bathtubs, air conditioners, appliances, rims, pool pumps, doors, coolers, hot water tanks, heat pumps)
  • Bulky waste
  • Compostables
  • Construction residues other than wood (e.g. ceramics, gypsum, asphalt shingles, vinyl siding, flooring, insulating wool, insulating boards, concrete, bricks, interlocking stones)
  • Contaminated wood (e.g. railway ties)
  • Electronics
  • Flat glass (e.g. windows, mirrors, patio doors, window panes)
  • Hazardous household waste
  • Household garbage
  • Items fitted with a combustion engine or an oil or gas tank (e.g. lawnmowers, snow blowers)
  • Recyclables
  • Rubble, sand, asphalt, soil (contaminated or not)
  • Tires

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

Collection dates

Western Sector

In 2022, in the western sector, wood and metal bulky items will be collected on the same day as your recyclables in the following weeks:

  • March 7
  • April 4
  • May 2
  • May 30
  • June 27
  • August 8
  • October 3
  • November 28

Eastern Sector

In 2022, in the eastern sector, wood and metal bulky items will be collected on the same days as your recyclables in the following weeks:

  • March 28
  • April 25
  • May 23
  • June 20
  • July 18
  • August 29
  • October 24
  • November 21

Important

  • Maximum volume: Units with curbside collection are entitled to 1 m3 per collection. For buildings with containerized collection, the limit is 5 m3, regardless of the number of units in the building.
  • The items must be clearly visible, not wrapped up, and arranged in an orderly and safe pile.
  • Small wood and metal pieces can be placed in an open container (cardboard box, garbage can). Random bits and pieces and garbage bags are not accepted.
  • Nails must be folded down or removed for the safety of the garbage collectors and sorters.
  • Branches must be tied into bundles with rope.
  • Two people should be able to carry the items without the help of mechanical equipment, and the items must be no more than 1.5 metres in length and weigh no more than 50 kg.
  • Wood pieces and branches must be no more than 10 cm in diameter.
  • Wood pieces must be disassembled (e.g. stairs, walls, fences, patios).
  • Any item that could injure someone or damage the facilities or equipment during handling or processing may be refused (e.g. sharp items).
  • Items must be left curbside, not near containers, whether you live in a house or a multi-unit residential building.
  • Items must be put 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 items have not been collected, submit a request between 6 p.m. on the day of your collection and 6 p.m. the following day. If your collection is on a Friday, you have until noon on Saturday to make your request.

Bulky waste

Bulky waste is anything that is going to landfill that is too big to fit into a household bin (gray bin). This is a last-resort solution for items that cannot be reused or recycled.

Accepted

  • Artificial Christmas trees
  • Bathtubs (acrylic or fibreglass)
  • Blinds
  • Carpets
  • Hoses
  • Large plastic objects (e.g. furniture, toys)
  • Mattresses, box springs
  • Plastic pool liners and filters (emptied)
  • Styrofoam* (in a transparent plastic bag)
  • Upholstered furniture (e.g. couches, armchairs)

* Styrofoam can also be dropped off at the ecocentre for recovery.  Détails

Not accepted

  • Animal carcasses
  • Auto parts
  • Bulky metal items (e.g.: exercise equipment, vacuum cleaners, metal bathtubs, barbecues, air conditioners, appliances, rims, metal furniture, metal parts and pieces, pool pumps, doors, coolers, hot water tanks, heat pumps)
  • Compostables and green residues
  • Construction residues (e.g. wood, wood furniture)
  • Electronics
  • Flat glass (e.g. windows, mirrors, patio doors, window panes)
  • Hazardous household waste
  • Household garbage
  • Items fitted with a combustion engine or an oil or gas tank (e.g. lawnmowers, snow blowers)
  • Natural Christmas trees
  • Recyclables
  • Tires

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

Collection dates

Western Sector

In 2022, in the western sector, bulky waste will be collected on the same days as your household garbage in the following weeks:

  • March 14
  • April 11
  • May 9
  • June 6
  • July 4
  • August 15
  • October 10
  • December 5

Eastern Sector

In 2022, in the eastern sector, bulky waste will be collected on the same days as your household garbage in the following weeks:

  • March 21
  • April 18
  • May 16
  • June 13
  • July 11
  • August 22
  • October 17
  • November 14

Important

  • Maximum volume: Units with curbside collection are entitled to 1 m3 per collection. For buildings with containerized collection, the limit is 5 m3, regardless of the number of units in the building.
  • The bulky waste must be clearly visible, not wrapped up, and arranged in an orderly and safe pile.
  • Random bits and pieces and garbage bags are not accepted.
  • Two people should be able to carry the items without the help of mechanical equipment, and the items must be no more than 1.5 metres in length and weigh no more than 50 kg.
  • Carpets must be rolled up and tied up.
  • Any item that could injure someone or damage the facilities or equipment during handling or processing may be refused (e.g. sharp items).
  • Items must be left curbside, not near containers, whether you live in a house or a multi-unit residential building.
  • Items must be put 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 items have not been collected, submit a request between 6 p.m. on the day of your collection and 6 p.m. the following day. If your collection is on a Friday, you have until noon on Saturday to make your request.

Christmas trees

The special collection of natural Christmas trees takes place during the first two full weeks of the year, on the same day that your compostables are collected. For example, in 2021, the collection was in the weeks of January 4 and 11.

If any decorations or lights are left on the tree, or if it is wrapped in plastic, it won't be collected. In the case of multi-unit residential buildings with containerized collection, the trees must be left curbside on the same day that curbside collection from residences takes place in their sector.

Why the different collections?

The goal is to valorize as many materials as possible and to reduce the volumes going to landfill. Natural Christmas trees, wood and metal items can be recycled or valorized, just like reusable or recyclable bulky items. Bulky waste goes to landfill. This is why it is important to have different collections and to follow the instructions on how and what to leave out for each collection.

DTRITUS

     

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Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 291,000 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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