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Recyclables (blue bin)

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Recyclables are collected every two weeks for residential units with curbside collection, and once a week for multi-unit residential buildings with a container loading area.

Place your blue bin* next to the curb or the sidewalk after 7 p.m. the day before or by 7 a.m. on collection day. The wheels should be facing away from the street, towards your building. Place your bin on your driveway or on your property, not on the street or sidewalk, to avoid interfering with snow clearing operations.

Collections take place between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. If your bin has not been emptied, make 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.

* Surplus recyclables can be placed in smaller 64 litre (green or blue) recycling bins, cardboard boxes, transparent plastic bags or garbage cans (on wheels or with handles) clearly marked with an R (for “recycling”).

Blue bins

Gatineau provides a blue bin on wheels or a container to every residential unit for recyclables. Those bins belong to the municipality.

If you do not have a blue bin, you can order one by making a request. It will be delivered to you free of charge, along with a starter kit and instructions.

Bin storage

Bins may be stored outdoors in the side yard or backyard at least one metre from the property line. If you live in a townhouse with no side yard, you may store your bin in the front yard.

Blue bin repair or replacement

If your blue bin on wheels is damaged, broken or stolen, call 311 or make a request. Property owners are responsible for paying the cost of repairing or replacing bins that were broken by the owner, a tenant or an occupant of a dwelling.

Accepted and not accepted in recycling bins

In brief: paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and glass containers, packaging and print material can be placed in the blue bins.


Paper and cardboard, including:

  • Books
  • Cardboard boxes and rolls
  • Flyers, newspapers and magazines
  • Milk and juice cartons

Plastic, including:

  • Bags and wrapping
  • Caps and lids
  • Containers identified by any number other than 6
  • Water, juice, detergent, etc. bottles

Metal, including:

  • Aluminium bottles and cans
  • Aluminium foil (even if soiled)
  • Cans
  • Caps and lids

Glass, including:

  • Jars, containers, etc.
  • Wine, juice, soda bottles, etc.

Not accepted

  • Clothing and textiles
  • Construction materials (wood, ceramic, mineral wool)
  • Dishes (ceramic, melamine, porcelain or glass)
  • Electronics
  • Flat glass (mirrors, windows)
  • Household hazardous waste (batteries, paint)
  • Laminated packaging (chip bags, cereal bar packaging, etc.)
  • Plastic items not identified by a number
  • Polystyrene (Styrofoam) and number 6 plastic containers
  • Soiled paper or cardboard
  • Toys

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

Useful tips

  • Empty and rinse containers as well as possible.
  • For easier sorting, place shredded paper in a transparent plastic bag. Do the same with bags and packaging wrap (a bag of bags). All other materials should be left loose in the blue bin.
  • Remove caps and lids from containers.
  • Do not tie together paper, cardboards and containers, and do not place them in a plastic bag.
  • Remove clips, staples, adhesive tape and plastic rings.
  • Flatten cardboard boxes, including juice and milk containers, for more space.

Frequently asked questions

  • I am a tenant, and I do not have access to a blue bin. Whom should I speak to?
    Make a request or call 311. Property owners are required to provide their occupants or tenants with containers large enough to hold recyclables between collections.
  • What should I do if my bin is not emptied on collection day?
    Leave it at curbside and call 311 or make 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.
  • Can I get an additional blue bin?
    You can place your surplus recyclables in 64 litre (green or blue) recycling bins, transparent plastic bags, cardboard boxes or garbage cans marked with an R (for “recycling”).

    If you would still like a second bin, you can ask for one by making a request or calling 311. Your request will be reviewed by the Service de l'environnement.

    You can also bring your surplus recyclables to the ecocentres.
  • What happens to the materials that are to be recycled?
    They are sorted at the Tricentris sorting centre on boulevard de l'Aéroport in Gatineau, and then bundled up and sold to the highest bidder, which could be a Canadian or a foreign company.



About Gatineau

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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