- City-wide, collection is between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Garbage must be set out by the curb between 7 p.m. the evening before collection day and 7 a.m. on collection day.
- For single family dwellings, collection is on Tuesday. For apartment buildings, condominiums, schools and daycares, pickup is twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays.
- In school and daycare neighbourhoods, the collection company must pick up outside of the children’s regular arrival and departure times.
Restrictions and prohibitions
While domestic refuse is collected by private firms contracted by the City’s Public Works Department, certain rules apply.
Domestic refuse must be set out by the curb on collection day.
- The refuse must be deposited in either:
- a metal or plastic container, which is closed, waterproof, equipped with handles and a cover, and has a maximum capacity of 0.36 m3 (12.7 cubic feet); or
- in a tied, non-perforated plastic bag of a maximum size of 66.04 cm x 91.44 cm (26 in. x 36 in.), from which no refuse can escape, or in closed boxes weighing no more than 22.7 kg (50 lb).
As a public safety measure, it is prohibited to set out any household appliance or container with a locking device. The device must be removed before being placed curbside.
Anyone violating these provisions (or permitting someone else to do so) is committing an offence and is liable to a fine.
Accepted bulk waste
- Pool covers
- Hot water tanks
Bulk waste accepted with restrictions
- Household appliances without doors or locks
- Pieces of wood or metal no more than 1.2 m in length (4 ft.) tied in bunches
Electronic and computer equipment (televisions, radios, video consoles, computers, screens, printers, etc.), all organic waste and all recyclables.
Excess volume rolling bins
Trucks are not equipped to empty rolling bins of more than 360 litres. However, if the bins contain bags that are tied, garbage collectors will empty them manually.
If a regular collection day falls on Christmas or New Year’s Day, pickup will be rescheduled and residents will be notified.
During busy periods of the year, i.e. May 1 to June 15 and October 15 to November 15, or during a snowstorm with more than 15 cm of accumulation, a two-hour grace period is granted to the collection company.
Organic waste, which is made up of kitchen waste and green waste is picked up EVERY MONDAY, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. The bins must be placed curbside before 7 a.m. on Mondays or after 7 p.m. on Sundays. The wheels must be facing the house and the lid must be closed but unlocked. Both green and kitchen waste can be deposited in the bin. Don’t overfill your bin; the lid must be completely closed.
Any surplus green waste can be placed beside the bin in either a rigid container such as a garbage bin (weighing no more than 22.7 kg or 50 lb), or a biodegradable container such as a paper bag or cardboard box (not in the blue recycling bin).
To facilitate the collections, the bins must be placed on each side of your driveway or if placed side by side, allow a clearance of at least 0.5 m (2 ft) between the brown bin and the blue recycling bin. Full or not, put your bin at the curb each week.
Frequently asked questions
Most Montreal area landfills are near capacity and will no longer accept organic matter due to the lack of space. Organic materials must now be directed to composting sites. Organic matter represents 45% of the waste sent to landfills. By collecting your organic materials we will significantly reduce the amount of unnecessary waste going to landfill sites. In addition, landfill costs are 30% higher than the costs to compost organic matter. The City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux produces over 20,000 tons of waste per year and by diverting organic matter from landfills we can generate significant savings.
Organic residue includes all cooked and uncooked table scraps such as fruits, vegetables, meat, bones, bread, pasta, cereals, Kleenex, paper-towels, etc. It also includes green residues such as garden residues, small branches, leaves, grass, flowers, etc.
Soon, organic matter will no longer be accepted in landfills. In the meantime, and because it is an imposed policy, the City is implementing organic waste collection as a transitional measure in order to gradually integrate citizens into these new practices. Citizens are strongly encouraged to participate in this new organic materials waste collection since it will be subjected to regulation.
One does not preclude the other. Citizens that already compost domestic materials are encouraged to continue to do so in order to profit from this practice. However, cooked table scraps that cannot be composted will have to be placed in the brown bin.
Paper bags are available at certain grocery stores and local retailers. Preventing odors from escaping the bin can be achieved by rolling the bags. Newspaper, which is listed among the accepted waste material, can also be used as an alternative bin liner.
As the brown bin is equipped with a lock to prevent animals from opening it, it can be left outside on the side of the house, provided it is not visible from the street. Moreover, the purpose of the brown bin is to ultimately replace your current garbage container, and it is of a smaller size that can hold 80 liters while garbage bins are generally more than 100 liters.
With the help of the Municipal Patrol we ensure that in between collection days, residents place their blue bins where it is not visible from the street. The same regulations is applied to the brown bins and the City requires the cooperation of all residents for the compliance of this request.
The collection of recyclable materials is mandatory for all residents. The recyclable materials must be deposited in a rolling bin for single-family dwelling units and in rolling bins or portable containers for apartment buildings, condominiums, schools, daycares and places of worship.
The unsorted selective disposal program is intended for the recycling of glass, plastic, metal and paper. The program’s success depends on the informed participation of every household and the respect of conditions governing the types of recyclable materials and the proper use of bins.
The following materials are accepted or excluded for pickup:
Paper and cardboard
Polystyrene no. 6
Return items made from polystyrene and make a difference!
Polystyrene can take many forms (styrofoam, hard colored plastic or transparent plastic) and is usually identified by a small triangle with an embossed number 6 in the center.
Mandatory recycling bin
Every dwelling unit in the City will receive a wheeled bin.
Maintenance of the wheeled bin
Location of the wheeled bin for the mechanical collection
These guidelines are for information only and hold no legal value. The official text written in the bylaw takes precedence.