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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*. 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.
  • 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 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)

Not accepted

  • Bulky waste (vacuum cleaners, 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.)
  • Bulky wooden items (wooden furniture, chairs, tables, shelves, 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.
  • 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

As the name implies, this collection is for wood and metal bulky items that are too big to fit into a bin. Please check the 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)
  • 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 spring 2024, in the western sector, wood and metal bulky items will be collected on the same day as your recyclables in the following weeks:

  • April 1
  • April 29

Dates for the rest of the year will be communicated later.

Eastern Sector

In spring 2024, in the eastern sector, wood and metal bulky items will be collected on the same days as your recyclables in the following weeks:

  • April 8
  • May 6

Dates for the rest of the year will be communicated later.

Report an uncollected bulky item

Collections take place between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. If your bulky item is not collected, make a request. You can make your request between 6 p.m. on collection day and 6 p.m. the day after. If your collection is on Friday, you have until noon the following day to make a request.

Receiving notifications of delays

If you would like to be notified of delays in your sector, sign up for DTRITUS notifications through the mobile app or the Web version. To find out how to sign up for notifications, click here.

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)
  • Vacuum cleaners

* 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, 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 spring 2024, in the western sector, bulky waste will be collected on the same days as your household garbage in the following weeks:

  • March 25
  • April 22

Dates for the rest of the year will be communicated later.

Eastern Sector

In spring 2024, in the eastern sector, bulky waste will be collected on the same days as your household garbage in the following weeks:

  • April 15
  • May 13

Dates for the rest of the year will be communicated later.

Report an uncollected bulky item

Collections take place between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. If your bulky item is not collected, make a request. You can make your request between 6 p.m. on collection day and 6 p.m. the day after. If your collection is on Friday, you have until noon the following day to make a request.

Receiving notifications of delays

If you would like to be notified of delays in your sector, sign up for DTRITUS notifications through the mobile app or the Web version. To find out how to sign up for notifications, click here.

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 2024, the collection is in the weeks of January 8 and 15.

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.

Report an uncollected Christmas tree

Collections take place between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. If your Christmas tree is not collected, make a request. You can make your request between 6 p.m. on collection day and 6 p.m. the day after. If your collection is on Friday, you have until noon the following day to make a request.

Receiving notifications of delays

If you would like to be notified of delays in your sector, sign up for DTRITUS notifications through the mobile app or the Web version. To find out how to sign up for notifications, click here.

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 recoverable 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.

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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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