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Bulky items and construction residues
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Bulky items are those that are too big to fit in bins for collection. There are three types of bulky items:

  • Reusable or recyclable bulky items: items in good condition that can be reused (e.g. sports equipment, non-upholstered wood furniture) or items in any condition that can be recycled (e.g. household appliances, metal objects, electronics);
  • Construction residues: leftovers from construction or renovation work that can be recycled (e.g. wood, gypsum, melamine, non-upholstered wood furniture);
  • Bulky waste: items that do not fit into either of the previous two categories and are designated for landfill (e.g.: mattresses, upholstered furniture, carpets).

Before leaving your bulky items at curbside for the special collections, consider whether there might be another option, for instance reuse.

Reusable or recyclable bulky items

Collection on request (reuse and recovery)

Residents wishing to give their reusable or recyclable bulky items a second life can call 311 to request a home pick-up. An organization mandated by Gatineau will then contact you to set a day for them to be picked up. It can take up to two weeks from the time a call is made to 311 until the items are picked up.

This service is free thanks to a partnership between Ville de Gatineau and the La Relance Outaouais and Grands Frères Grandes Sœurs de l'Outaouais social economy organizations.

Accepted

In good condition (for reuse):

  • Garden furniture
  • Large toys
  • Non-upholstered wood furniture (box springs, bookshelves, desks, chairs, dressers,  tables)
  • Sports equipment

In any condition:

  • Above-ground pool metal panels (without the liner)
  • Barbecues (minus the propane tank)
  • Bicycles
  • Cast iron wood stoves and hearths
  • Exercise equipment
  • Furnaces
  • Gas-powered machines (lawnmowers, snowblowers)
  • Heat pumps
  • Hot water tanks
  • Household appliances (air conditioners, freezers, stoves, washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, coolers, dryers)
  • Large electronics (24 inch plus TV, home entertainment centre)
  • Metal bathtubs
  • Metal pool filters
  • Metal shed panels
  • Non-upholstered metal furniture (box springs, filing cabinets, storage cabinets)
  • Rims (without tires)
  • Vacuum cleaners

Not accepted

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

Important

  • 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.

Ecocentres

You can drop off your reusable and recoverable items at the ecocentres free of charge*. To find out which materials to bring to those places and their hours of operation, go to the Ecocentres and waste transfer centre page.

* The fee for residual materials dropped off at the ecocentres depends on the user, as per by-law 61-2006 on fees for goods, services and activities offered by Ville de Gatineau.

Furniture stores and sellers

When you buy a new household appliance, for instance, you can ask the seller to take away your old one.

Bulky waste

Bulky waste is any item that is intended for landfill but is too big for a garbage bin.

Special collections

Accepted

  • Artificial Christmas trees
  • Bathtubs (acrylic or fibreglass)
  • Blinds
  • Carpets
  • Flat glass (window, patio door), glass sheet, window. The glass must be broken and placed in a cardboard box or an open container.
  • Garden hoses
  • Large plastic items (furniture, toys)
  • Mattresses
  • Mineral wool*
  • Plastic pool filters (emptied)
  • Polystyrene (Styrofoam)*
  • Pool liners
  • Upholstered furniture (box springs, couches, armchairs)
  • Vinyl floor covering
  • Vinyl siding

* These items will only be accepted in transparent plastic bags.

Not accepted

  • Animal carcasses
  • Ashes
  • Car parts
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Compostables and green residues
  • Construction residues, including wood and wood furniture
  • Electronics
  • Gas powered machines (lawnmowers, snowblowers)
  • Household garbage
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Bulky metal items (exercise equipment, vacuum cleaners, metal bathtubs, barbecues, air conditioners, household appliances, rims, metal furniture, above-ground pool panels (without the liner), metal parts, pool pumps, doors, coolers, hot water tanks, heat pumps, etc.)
  • Light bulbs
  • Natural Christmas trees
  • Non-transparent plastic bags
  • Recyclables
  • Rubble, sand, asphalt
  • Soil (contaminated or not)
  • Tires

Collection dates

In 2020, there will be eight special collections of bulky waste. Check out the dates below depending on the sector in which you reside.

West sector

In 2020, in the West sector, bulky waste will be collected on the same day as your household garbage in the following weeks:

  • February 3;
  • April 13;
  • May 11;
  • June 8;
  • July 6;
  • August 3;
  • September 14; and
  • October 12.

East sector

In 2020, in the East sector, bulky waste will be collected on the same day as your household garbage in the following weeks:

  • January 27;
  • April 20;
  • May 18;
  • June 15;
  • July 27;
  • August 24;
  • September 21; and
  • October 19.

Important

  • Bulky waste must be clearly visible, not wrapped up, and arranged in an orderly and safe pile. Small pieces are not accepted.
  • Items must be no longer than 1.5 metres.
  • Two people should be able to carry the items, without mechanical equipment. The items must be no longer than 1.5 metres in length.
  • Carpets must be tied up.
  • Whether you live in a house or a multi-unit residential building, bulky waste must be placed curbside (not next to the containers).
  • Put your items 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. You can make 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.

Waste transfer centre

You can drop off your bulky waste at the waste transfer centre free of charge*. To find out which materials to bring to those places and their hours of operation, go to the Ecocentres and waste transfer centre page.

* The fee for residual materials dropped off at the ecocentres depends on the user, as per by-law 61-2006 on fees for goods, services and activities offered by Ville de Gatineau.

Furniture stores and sellers

When you buy a new mattress, for instance, you can ask the seller to take away your old one.

Construction residues

Construction residues are construction materials that are to be recycled but are too big to fit into the bins.

Special collections

Accepted

  • Branches and tree trunks, larger than 12 mm in diameter, but no larger than 10 cm
  • Construction debris (asphalt shingles, electrical cables, ceramic, gypsum, porcelain) in cardboard boxes, open containers or transparent plastic bags weighing up to 25 kg
  • Metal parts and pieces (metal above-ground pool panels without the liner, metal shed panels, ironing boards, barbecues)
  • Natural Christmas trees without decorations
  • Non-upholstered furniture (box springs, bookshelves, desks, chairs, dressers, rattan furniture, tables)
  • Sinks, washbasins, toilets
  • Small appliances with an electric motor (pressure washers, electric sweepers)
  • Suspended ceiling tiles (unless PVC)
  • Wood (cupboards, fences, plywood, melamine, MDF, palettes, floating floors, doors)
  • Old garbage bins clearly identified as “Trash” (round plastic bins, bins on wheels, metal trash cans)

Not accepted

  • Ashes
  • Branches and tree trunks, no larger than 10 cm in diameter
  • Car parts
  • Compostables
  • Concrete, bricks, interlocking stones
  • Contaminated wood (railway ties)
  • Electronics
  • Equipment containing gasoline or oil (lawnmowers, snow blowers)
  • Flat glass (windows, mirrors, patio doors, glass)
  • Gas-powered machines (lawnmowers, snowblowers)
  • Household garbage
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Bulky waste (acrylic or fibreglass bathtubs, large plastic items (furniture, toys), mattresses, upholstered furniture (box springs, couches, armchairs, chairs), vinyl floor covering and siding, articial Christmas trees, rugs, pool liners, etc.)
  • Bulky metal items (exercise equipment, metal bathtubs, air conditioners, household appliances, rims, metal furniture, coolers, hot water tanks, etc.)
  • Non-transparent plastic bags
  • Paving stones, bricks, concrete, mortar
  • Recyclables
  • Rubble, sand, asphalt
  • Soil (contaminated or not)
  • Textiles
  • Tires

Collection dates

In 2020, there will be eight special collections of construction residues. Check out the dates below depending on the sector in which you reside.

West sector

In 2020, in the West sector, construction residues will be collected on the same day as your recyclables in the following weeks:

  • February 10;
  • April 6;
  • May 4;
  • June 1st;
  • July 13;
  • August 10;
  • September 7; and
  • October 5.

East sector

In 2020, in the East sector, construction residues will be collected on the same day as your recyclables in the following weeks:

  • January 20;
  • April 27;
  • May 25;
  • June 22;
  • July 20;
  • August 17;
  • September 28; and
  • October 26.

Important

  • Construction residues must be clearly visible, not wrapped up, and piled up in an orderly and secure manner. Small pieces and garbage bags are not accepted.
  • Nails in construction residues must be bent over or removed for the safety of the attendants.
  • Branches must be tied up.
  • Two people should be able to carry the items, without mechanical equipment. The items must be no longer than 1.5 metres in length.
  • Whether you live in a house or a multi-unit residential building, construction residues must be placed curbside (not next to the containers).
  • Put your items 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. You can make 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.

Ecocentres

You can drop off your construction residues at the ecocentres free of charge*. To find out which materials to bring to those places and their hours of operation, go to the Ecocentres and waste transfer centre page.

* The fee for residual materials dropped off at the ecocentres depends on the user, as per by-law 61-2006 on fees for goods, services and activities offered by Ville de Gatineau.

Christmas trees

Special collection

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. In 2020, the collection will take place in the weeks of January 6 and 13.

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 collection from the loading area, the trees must be left curbside on the same day that curbside collection from residences takes place in their district.

Ecocentres

You can drop off your Christmas tree at the ecocentres free of charge*. To find out their hours of operation, go to the Ecocentres and waste transfer centre page.

* The fee for residual materials dropped off at the ecocentres depends on the user, as per by-law 61-2006 on fees for goods, services and activities offered by Ville de Gatineau.

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Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 285,000 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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