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Recycling and composting for the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sector
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Recycling and composting for the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sector
Recycling and composting for the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sector

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Gatineau does not collect residual materials from industrial, commercial or institutional (ICI) establishments other than schools, certain institutions and small businesses.

If your business pays the municipal residual materials management levy, it is entitled to municipal collection:

  • curbside if your business uses a maximum of:
    • a 120-litre grey bin provided by Gatineau and up to five labelled overflow bags per collection;
    • four 360-litre blue bins on wheels up to a maximum of 1,440 litres of recyclables per collection; and
    • four 240-litre brown bins on wheels up to a maximum of 960 litres of compostables per collection (fees may apply as per appendix II to by-law 61-2006); or
  • off-street if yours is a small business located in a residential building with off-street collection.
    • A residential building is a mainly residential assessment unit with a residentially taxable percentage equal to or greater than 70% (by-law 839-1-2018).

Contact us by calling 311 or make a request to order bins or if you have questions.

If you are a not-for-profit organization operating within Gatineau whose activities focus on the environment or social housing, or whose mission includes an aspect related to the management of residual materials, or that is involved in the recovery, collection or processing of residual materials, you may be entitled to lower rates at Gatineau's ecocentres and waste transfer centre. Call 311 or make a request.

New compostables collection service

Ville de Gatineau will soon be offering local businesses a new compostables collection service.

The service will be available in the start-up phase to some 140 businesses between June 2024 and June 2025. After that, the service will be available to all businesses in Gatineau.

This service will be flexible in terms of container types, collection frequency, and so on, and personalized in order to adapt to each business' reality. Guidance will also be provided to participating businesses (site visit, training for staff, posters to facilitate sorting, etc.). The fee will be based on volumes and the frequency of collection requested by the business. Fees and other project details will be released over the coming months.

If your business is interested in receiving this compostables collection service starting in June 2024, please write to

In terms of recyclables collection, Ville de Gatineau is currently negotiating with Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) to offer the service to businesses in Gatineau. ÉEQ is Quebec's official designated management organization for curbside recycling.

ICI ON RECYCLE + program

The Government of Quebec's ICI ON RECYCLE + program provides tools and visibility for ICIs that are committed to practicing responsible residual materials management, and thereby help protect the environment.

The program is available to all ICIs of every size and in every activity sector that want to improve their environmental performance through integrated residual materials management.

RECYC-QUÉBEC is working with the Regroupement national des Conseils régionaux de l'environnement du Québec (RNCREQ) and the Conseils régionaux de l'environnement (CRE) across Quebec to promote ICI ON RECYCLE + and responsible residual materials management by ICIs. CREDDO is the name of the organization in charge of promoting the program in the Outaouais.

Financial assistance

If you have a sustainable residual materials management project, inquire about the financial assistance available through Gatineau's Fonds vert and the Fonds Éco IGA.

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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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