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 the following materials

7. Ecocentre

8. Other alternatives to dispose of your waste




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 :

For any problems concerning the collection of household garbage or recyclable materials, please contact the municipality at (819) 455-2401 ext. 163 (a special collection can be organized on Friday).

2019 calendar (holidays)


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.



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.


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






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.



6.1  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 Cumbersome objects

Cumbersome objects can be placed near your bins, along with your garbage (not recyclable materials). They will be picked up by the contractor.

  • Beds, couches, box springs and mattresses.
  • Furniture, chairs, rugs, tubs, shower components, sinks, toilets or other rubbish produced as a result of spring or fall cleaning.
  • Cold ashes put in plastic bags.
  • Doors (without glass), scrap metal.


You must however inform us in advance by contacting Mrs. Valérie Normandin at 819-455-2401.

You must dispose of any household appliance (fridge, stove, washer, dryer or dishwasher) at the Ecocentre.


6.5  Household hazardous waste (HHW)

Disposing of household hazardous waste along with your household garbage or recyclable materials is prohibited. In the chart below, you will find alternate ways to dispose of some HHW (does not apply to garbage generated by the commercial and industrial sectors).


Container near the municipal garage at 2024, Highway 148 (Luskville sector) or




Container provided inside the Town Hall, from 8:30am to 4pm

Car batteries, alkaline and rechargeable batteries
Tires, rims removed
Aerosol products
(bases de quel produit ???)
Propane tanks
Oxydizing agents

MRC waste transfer site (28, Route 366, Val-des-Monts)

Old electronics (computers, screens, cellular phones, etc.)


Ecocentre (1975 Lac-Des-Loups Road)

MRC waste transfer site (28, Route 366, Val-des-Monts)

Or check with a retailer who sells this type of product


Medication, pills, syringes and other biomedical products

Check with your pharmacy

6.6 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.



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

7.1  Access

The Ecocentre is open weekdays by appointment.  Note that you must ask for an appointment at least 24 hours in advance.  To dispose of your sorted garbage during the week, please contact Mrs. Valérie Normandin (normandin.valerie@municipalitepontiac.ca or call 819-455-2401 ext. 163).

On one Saturday each month, the Ecocentre will be open without appointment, and that is from 12 noon until 4 pm, on the following dates:

  • February 9
  • March 9
  • April 13
  • May 11
  • June 8
  • July 13
  • August 10
  • September 14
  • October 12
  • November 9
  • December 14


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)



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.


Type of material

Batteries Expert
141, boulevard Gréber
Gatineau J8T 3R1
Telephone : 819-243-7453

Power cells and batteries

B.S.R.B. Matériaux Inc.
1011, ch. De Masson
Gatineau J8M 1R4
Telephone : 819-986-3361

Energy saving and fluorescent light bulbs,

Best Buy
920, boulevard Maloney Ouest
Gatineau J8T 3R6
Telephone : 819-966-2222

Electronic devices and technological products,

Cellular phones and power cells


Cèdres recyclés – Re-Source Intégration
312, rue Saint-Louis
Gatineau J8P 8B3
Telephone : 819-205-3232 (cèdre)
819-770-2018 (recyclage)

Scrap cedar, cardboard, plastic and metals

Centre de tri et récupération
Malex- Location Condor
418-1, rue St-Louis
Gatineau J8P 8B3
Telephone : 819-663-3399

Construction, renovation and
demolition materials



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



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