Just moved to Montreal or simply swapped neighborhoods and not sure when to take out the trash? Consult the city of Montreal's Info-Collectes online service. Simply enter your postal code* and Info-Collectes will indicate which days your household can expect:
- regular, household garbage collection
- recycling collection
- collection of large objects
- green waste collection (e.g., dead leaves, branches, weeds, etc.)
You can also retrieve Montreal garbage collection information pertinent to your area by calling (514) 872-2237 (514-87-ACCES).
A Special Note on Green Waste Collection
Twice a year, in the spring and fall, Montreal's 19 boroughs propose special waste management provisions to effectively dispose of dead leaves, broken branches, garden clippings and weeds (leftover food and table scraps, dirt, rocks, tree trunks, branches larger than 5 centimetres (2 inches) in diameter and animal litters do NOT count as green waste).
Of particular interest to Montreal residents is not only when green waste pickups are scheduled in their respective neighborhoods, but how said waste is supposed to be packaged for disposal.
Contrary to popular belief, residents and business owners are not supposed to push dead leaves onto the curb for pickup as that increases the probability that nearby sewers clog up, and "offenders" risk getting fined $60 to $2,000 if caught in the act. Rather, locals are encouraged to package fallen leaves in:
- biodegradeable bags (Biosak, BioBag)
- paper bags
- cardboard boxes
- garbage bin or a comparable reusable container (except recycling bins)
Most boroughs also allow the use of clear and/or orange plastic garbage bags though for environmental reasons, prefer locals use reusable or biodegradable containment options. However, the following boroughs outright forbid the use of plastic bags as containment for green waste:
- Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (as of 2012)
- Sud-Ouest (as of 2012)
- Verdun (as of 2012)
Another note: weeds, hedge clippings and small branches bundled with rope (maximum length 1 metre (3.28 feet), maximum diameter 5 centimetres (2 inches)) can also be added to the same containers as dead leaves except for in Outremont and St. Léonard, whose administrations ask residents and business owners to separate leaves from other forms of green waste (weeds, hedge clippings, garden clippings, branches, etc.) as both boroughs pick these up on different days.
*Don't know your postal code? Use this tool to find it.