Cradled between hills and rivers

Residual materials


1. Collection schedule

2. Positioning your bin

3. Bins accepted

4. Price setting

5. Obligation to have a sticker

6. How to dispose of household and recyclable refuse

7. Ecocentre

8. Other alternatives to dispose of your waste

9. Bulky items - accepted / refused





1. Collection schedule

The collection of household garbage is done on a regular basis every second week, alternating with the collection of recyclable materials.

Your bins must be taken out for the collection as early as 7 a.m. the day of the scheduled collection in your area.

To find out which day the collection of residual materials takes place in your area, please consult the schedule found on our web page at :

Cumbersome objects will be collected 4 times per year, that is in January, April, July and October.  We will inform you of the precise dates as soon as possible.


Update Jan. 2020

It is no longer necessary to inform the Municipality beforehand.  You must ensure that your objects are accepted and you put them out to the roadside no later than 7:00 am the morning of the collection of your household waste.

2. Positioning your bin

It is essential to place your bin close to the road, at least 18 inches (45 centimeters) from any obstacle.

The wheels and handle must be facing the residence in order to facilitate the collection of the bin by the mechanical arm.

It is important not to place your bin in front of a postal box.


3. Bins accepted

In order to control costs and to facilitate the automated collection, all garbage bins must be equipped with a European-type handle (anchoring flange with reinforced stringers in front), as is the case with your blue bin.


The European-type handle is essential for the bin to be lifted mechanically.



If you do not already have one, you must purchase this type of garbage bin. They are offered by the Municipality ($120, delivery included) and in hardware stores.


- Coulours accepted  : black, grey or green



- Coulours restricted, since they are used for other collections:

   Blue (recycling) and
   Brown (a collection of organic matter could eventually be established).



Capacity:  for the recyclable materials, only the 360-litre capacity bins are accepted.  As for the collection of household garbage, the by-law allows bins of a 240 or 360-litre capacity.  The Municipality only supplies 360-litre bins.  Please note that the price for the collection is the same for a 360-litre bin than a 240-litre bin.

To be noted:  residual materials (with the exception of cumbersome objects) that are placed next to the bins or on their lids will not be collected.

4. Price setting

In order to ensure that each taxpayer pays their fair share, based on the quantity of residual materials being disposed of, a user-pay system has been introduced.

The difference in price for the bins reflects the fact that, it costs less to recycle a tonne of material, than ultimately burying a tonne of garbage.  We hope that this price setting will encourage citizens to recycle more.

If you have more than 4 bins, they must be replaced with a container (please contact the Municipality:  819-455-2401).

Annual price


Per housing unit






Per 360-litre or 240-litre bin

(Maximum 4 bins per housing unit)



Per container - 2 cubic yards



Per container - 4 cubic yards



Per container - 6 cubic yards



Per container - 8 cubic yards



Per container - 10 cubic yards





5. Obligation to have a sticker

As of September 1st, the contractor in charge of the collection will only collect the contents from bins equipped with a numbered sticker, as it is proof that you are committed to paying the inherent cost.


The blue sticker must be affixed on the blue bin. The black one must be affixed on the garbage bin.  You must place the sticker on the front of the bin (see sketch under item #2).

Each address is entitled to 2 stickers (one for the recycling bin, and one for the garbage bin).

If you need or have an additional bin, please drop by the Municipality. We will provide additional stickers. You will however be billed accordingly.


6. How to dispose of the following materials

6.1  Recyclable materials



(examples of materials that are not accepted in the recycling bin)




This is a household hazardous waste (HHW). There is a risk of explosion when perforated or compressed and therefore can be a source of accident for the staff.

MRC’s HHW centre ;
Collection of HHW


Vinyl items, blinds, and other PVC items

They are made of PVC-type plastic. There is currently no market for this plastic.

Garbage bin

Wood and branches

This is a non-recyclable material.


Hangers, wire, cable, electrical wire

They get tangled up in the sorting equipment, causing frequent shutdowns and are an accident hazard.


Oil paint containers and other hazardous products

The leftover products found in the containers can contaminate other materials. These products can be hazardous to workers. The process for recycling these containers requires the use of different methods.

Ecocentre ;
Depot or pick-up locations for household hazardous waste

Molded packaging requiring scissors to open them, often used in supermarkets

There is no numbered triangle pictogram on this type of plastic.  It is therefore impossible to sort it by category.

Garbage bin

Packaging fabricated of several materials (eg.: bags chips, granola bar wrappers, gum wrappers, etc.)

This consists of a mixed-paper, plastic and metal fabrication.

The process used does not allow the materials to be broken down. Only juice boxes and  milk cartons are accepted despite their fabrication of two combined materials, since the quality of fibers used are of a higher quality.

Garbage bin

Dead leaves

This is a non-recyclable material.

Home composting

Netting used to package produce

This type of plastic is different from other flexible plastics. When loose, at the sorting centre, they wrap around the equipment causing frequent breakage and shutdowns.

Garbage bin

Waxed paper and cardboard

Wax is not compatible with the recycling process (leaving stains on recycled paper).

Garbage bin

Soiled paper and cardboard

Fatty substances are not compatible with the recycling process.

Garbage bin

Small metal objects (less than 5 cm or 2 inches)

These remain stuck in the sorting equipment. Furthermore, the sorting centre is not designed to sort small objects of less than 5cm or 2 in. They automatically end up in the waste.

Garbage bin


Given its very light weight and considerable volume, this product does not justify the transportation fees for it to be recycled (negative environmental benefit).

Garbage bin

Pipes and tubes

These are often fabricated with several materials, or the plastic has been damaged by the sun. Furthermore, they wrap around the equipment at the sorting centre, causing frequent breakage and shutdowns.

Garbage bin

Dishes, porcelain, ceramic, pyrex, flat glass, mirrors


They do not have the same properties nor do they have the same melting temperature of glass jars and bottles. They are major contaminants in the recycling process.

Garbage bin

Cardboard cups  used for  coffee or  other liquids

They are always covered with wax or plastic on the inside, making them water resistant.

Garbage bin

Clothing and other textiles

Although they are recyclable, they are not accepted at the sorting centre. Indeed, moisture that is present in the fabric alters their quality.

Clothing banks;
thrift stores


6.2  It’s good to recycle… Doing it well is even better!

Despite their good intentions, certain people put non-recyclable materials in the recycling bin, thinking that if they don’t belong there, they will simply be disposed of at the sorting centre.  Thus, this is not good practice, since there is a cost for sending non-recyclable objects to the sorting centre: transportation, sorting and disposal.

Rule #1 - Is the object I wish to put in my recycling bin made of paper, cardboard, plastic, glass or metal?

Rule #2 - Is the object in question a container, packaging or printed material?

If your answer is « NO » to one question or the other:

Unfortunately, the object to which the question refers to must not be put in the recycling bin. Paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and metal are the only materials accepted at the sorting centre, and they must be in the shape of a container, packaging or printed material.

If your answer is « YES » to both questions:

All indications are that the object in question can be put in the recycling bin.  However, all is not black and white. To help you be sure, we offer a series of tips, opinions, exceptions and advice which you can consult:

Tip #1

For a plastic container to be put in the recycling bin, it must be marked by a Möbius strip (numbered triangle pictogram) including the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7.  These numbers identify what type of material the container is made of, and allows it to be sorted accordingly.  Therefore, if the plastic container does not have a Möbius strip, or if the number 6 is included on the object, it does not go in the recycling bin.

Tip #2

Unfortunately, not all plastic bags and wraps can be recycled. Those that can be recycled, therefore going to the sorting centre, stretch when you try to tear them.  Shopping bags, bread bags or those used by dry-cleaning establishments are good examples. When the bag is fabricated of a “stiffer” plastic and does not stretch, such as those used for packaging frozen vegetables, rice, cereal and other products, they do not go in the recycling bin.



Household garbage

Household garbage includes all residual material that is non-recyclable and non-hazardous, destined for elimination in an engineered landfill site or for incineration, and which complies with the regulations on landfill and incineration of residual materials.

This also includes animal (pets) faeces (as defined in the nuisance by-law), provided that they are in doubled plastic bags.



6.4  Household hazardous waste (HHW)

Disposing of household hazardous waste along with your household garbage or recyclable materials is prohibited. Alternate ways to dispose of some HHW are offered (does not apply to garbage generated by the commercial and industrial sectors).

To see the table including the suggested areas to dispose of your residual material, click here

6.5 Plant waste

Plant waste (leaves, grass clippings and branches) are not collected.  We encourage you to compost leaves and grass clippings.  They decompose relatively quickly and are an excellent soil amendment.

Branches are accepted at the Ecocentre.


7.   Ecocentre

The Ecocentre in the Municipality of Pontiac is located at 1975 Lac-Des-Loups Road.



7.2 Fees

Fees are applicable ($140/tonne, minimum $25 per visit).

There are no fees for the following items:  branches, tires (rims removed) and metal.

Please note however that for oversized tires 48 in. and over, fees of $2.00/inch are applicable.  Please see municipal bylaw #02-15 for more details.

7.3 SORTED items that are accepted

  • branches, tires (rims removed) and metal
  • Construction material/Roof shingles (residential)
  • Electronic devices (television, computer, printer, etc.)
  • Household appliances (fridge, stove, washer, dryer, dishwasher)

Items that are NOT accepted:

  • Concrete (we recommend that you contact a private company)
  • Paint, used oil and other household hazardous materials (take to the MRC waste transfer site at 28, Route 366, Val-des-Monts)


8. Other alternatives to dispose of your waste

The MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais has identified companies who deal with salvaging, recovery or disposal of waste from the region[1].  Most of the companies enumerated below are found on their list.  These companies may also help you dispose of household waste and other cumbersome objects.  Please contact them to find out what their fees are and which materials they will accept.

To see the table including the suggested areas to dispose of your residual material, click here.


[1] http://www.mrcdescollinesdeloutaouais.qc.ca/upload/userfiles/files/PGMR%202015-10-14%20(3)




9. Bulky items - accepted / refused

Bulky objects will be collected 4 times per year, that is during the weeks of :

  • January 20
  • April 27
  • July 20 and
  • Oct. 26, 2020

Please note that bulky items must be taken to the curb by 7:00 am the morning of your garbage collection.

The contractor will pick up these bulky items on the day of your garbage collection only.

Thank you for your collaboration.


  • Bathtub (acrylic or fiberglass)
  • Furniture with fabric (couch, armchair)
  • Mattress
  • Wooden bed frame
  • Blinds
  • Large plastic items (furniture, toys)
  • Garden hose
  • Plastic pool filter (empty)
  • Pool cover and carpet cut up in 4-foot pieces, rolled up and tied
  • Styrofoam, provided it does not contain water
  • Artificial Christmas tree
  • Wooden furniture
  • Bulbs and lamps are accepted in the collection of household waste or bulky items, depending on their size.
  • Flat glass (window, patio door, glass and mirror), but must not include the framing.  The glass must be broken and put in a cardboard box or an open container.
  • Aquarium, the glass must be broken and put in a cardboard box or an open container.
  • Pool pump
  • Vaccum cleaner



  • Building materials and waste:  wood, door, ceramic, vinyl and other type of floor covering, vinyl and other type of siding, mineral wool, etc.
  • Gravel, sand, asphalt
  • Soil (contaminated or not)
  • Household waste
  • Recyclable materials
  • Recyclable materials and compostable waste
  • Metal bulky items:  Metal bathtub, parts and pieces of metal, bed frame, door, metal furniture, tire rim, household appliances, hot water tank, air conditioning unit, cooler, barbecue, exercise equipment, heat pump, etc.
  • Hazardous household waste
  • Natural Christmas tree
  • Opaque plastic bag
  • Tire
  • Ashes
  • Textiles
  • Car parts
  • Equipment containing gasoline or oil (lawnmowers, snowblowers, chainsaws)
  • Dead animals
  • Electronic devices
  • Appareils électroniques
  • Watercrafts :  boat, pedal boat, canoe, kayak, etc.
  • Spa
  • Gun and amunition




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