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.)
Note that information may only be available in French. If that poses a language barrier, you can also retrieve Montreal garbage collection information pertinent to your area by calling (514) 872-2237 (514-87-ACCES).
Special Notes 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.
Note that leftover food, table scraps, dirt, rocks, tree trunks, branches larger than 5 centimeters (2 inches) in diameter and animal litter 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.
Most boroughs are phasing out the use of green or orange plastic garbage bags for environmental reasons, prefer locals use reusable or paper/cardboard containment options. Some boroughs, like Plateau Mont-Royal, authorize the use of clear plastic bags as an alternative. Call 311 to check how your neighborhood handles green waste. The following boroughs have already outright forbid the use of plastic bags as containment for green waste:
What About Dead Leaves in the Fall?
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. "Offenders" risk getting fined $60 to $2,000 if caught in the act. Rather, locals are instructed to package fallen leaves in:
- Paper bags
- Cardboard boxes
- Garbage bin or a comparable reusable container (except recycling bins)
Another note: Weeds, hedge clippings, and small branches bundled with rope (maximum length 1 metre (3.28 feet), maximum diameter 5 centimeters (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.