Food waste

Since 2008, more than 410 000 housing units have had access to food waste collection. In 2018, the number will increase by almost 85,000. Montréal plans to extend services to all buildings with eight units or less by the end of 2019, for a total of approximately 540,000 units.

Beyond civic responsibility, composting household food waste contributes substantially towards Montréal’s standing as a greener and healthier metropolis. Composting has a direct impact on our city and on the legacy we will leave for future generations. Since approximately 25% of the contents of a garbage bag contains food waste, this new service aims to enable residents to contribute, with a simple act, in the sustainable development of their city.

Implementation completed
Eastern zone Western zone
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
Le Sud-Ouest
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
Verdun
Lachine
L’Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève
Pierrefonds-Roxboro
Saint-Laurent
Implementation in progress
Eastern zone Western zone
Ahuntsic-Cartierville
Anjou
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
LaSalle
Montréal-Nord
Outremont
Saint-Léonard
Ville-Marie
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension
 

Equipment supplied by the city

The countertop bin

The countertop bin where you deposit waste from meal preparation and table scraps. It can be easily stored under the sink, in the refrigerator or in the freezer.

The brown bin

The brown bin is used to collect food waste from the countertop bin, in between weekly pick-ups. It is placed outside the home according to the collection schedules of your borough. Be sure to write your address on the bin.

Bac comptoir + bac brun

What to toss? Materials Accepted and Refused

Eastern zone (food waste)
Materials accepted Materials refused

Raw, cooked or tainted foods
• Fruits and vegetables
• Meat and poultry with or without bones
• Fish and bones, seafood and shells
• Grain products such as pasta, bread, cereal, cake, rice
• Eggs and eggshells
• Solid dairy products (cheese, butter and yogurt)
• Coffee grounds and paper filters, tea and tea bags
• Nuts and shells
• Cookies, sweets, desserts
• Pet food
• Spices, herbs

Soiled paper and cardboard
• Tissues, paper towels and napkins
• Paper tablecloths and paper dishes
• Pizza or chicken boxes
• Cardboard fruit baskets (without the handle)

• Liquids (soup, milk, juice, coffee, etc.)
• Diapers and hygiene products
• Fabric, wood, cork, wax, hot ashes, cigarette butts
• Chewing gum
• Animal litter and excrement

Green waste
- Dead leaves, grass clippings, wood chips
- Garden and vegetable garden waste, plants
- Deciduous tree waste and conifer

Recyclable materials
(paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, metal)

Other materials
- Construction and renovation materials
- Paint and hazardous household waste
- Polystyrene and plastic wrapping
- Earth, rocks, sand
- Crystal, porcelain, ceramics
- Non-vegetable oils and fat
- Batteries and biomedical waste

 

 Western zone (food waste and green waste)
Materials accepted Materials refused

Raw, cooked or tainted foods
• Fruits and vegetables
• Meat and poultry with or without bones
• Fish and bones, seafood and shells
• Grain products such as pasta, bread, cereal, cake, rice
• Eggs and eggshells
• Solid dairy products (cheese, butter and yogurt)
• Coffee grounds and paper filters, tea and tea bags
• Nuts and shells
• Cookies, sweets, desserts
• Pet food
• Spices, herbs

Soiled paper and cardboard
• Tissues, paper towels and napkins
• Paper tablecloths and paper dishes
• Pizza or chicken boxes
• Cardboard fruit baskets (without the handle)

Green waste
• Dead leaves, grass clippings, wood chips
• Garden and vegetable garden waste, plants
• Conifer branches under 1 metre long and 5 cm in diameter

• Deciduous tree waste
• Liquids (soup, milk, juice, coffee, etc.)
• Diapers and hygiene products
• Fabric, wood, cork, wax, hot ashes, cigarette butts
• Chewing gum
• Animal litter and excrement

Recyclable materials
(paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, metal)

Other materials
- Construction and renovation materials
- Paint and hazardous household waste
- Polystyrene and plastic wrapping
- Earth, rocks, sand
- Crystal, porcelain, ceramics
- Non-vegetable oils and fat
- Batteries, biomedical waste

 
Carte de montréal représentant les taux d'implantation des bacs brunsClick to enlarge

Use of bags

The use of the bags is not mandatory, but it can facilitate the maintenance of the bins. The disposal of bulk residues encourages greater reduction at the source.

Specifically for the boroughs of the West zone (Lachine, L'Île-Bizard-Sainte- Geneviève, Pierrefonds-Roxboro and Saint-Laurent), where the organic waste collection service is offered (food waste and green waste), only paper bags are accepted.

For the boroughs of the East zone, paper bags and certified compostable bags are accepted. Look for the logos of the following recognized certifications: BNQ (Compostable.info), US Compostable Council / Compostable BPI, Compostable EN13432 or OK compost AIB VINÇOTTE. Biodegradable or oxo-biodegradable bags are not allowed as they are not compatible with composting processes. In winter, it is suggested to wrap the materials so that they do not freeze at the bottom of the brown bin.

Tips & Advice

  • Place newspaper at the bottom of the countertop bin and the brown bin to absorb excess liquid.
  • Wrap foods such as meat and fish in small quantities, with newspaper, and clean the countertop bin regularly with soap.
  • Sprinkle a little baking soda or place a charcoal briquette in each bin to limit odours.
  • In the summer, freeze or chill delicate food and deposit in the brown bin on collection day.
  • Although they are not mandatory, certified compostable bags and paper bags are recommended for health reasons. If you prefer, wrap food in a bundle using newspaper. In all cases, avoid disposing of liquids.
  • If odours persist, rinse the brown bin with a solution of vinegar and water. At all times, avoid leaving it in the sun.
  • Make it a habit to place the brown bin in front of your home for weekly collection, even if it is not full.
  • To remove fruit flies, cut a cork stopper lengthwise and place it on the lid of the countertop bin.
  • To discourage squirrels from the brown bin, apply a cough syrup around the lid (over-the-counter in pharmacies and supermarkets).
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