Composting , recycling and waste


A permanent collection point for the recovery of polystyrene items is available to Beaconsfield residents at the Public Works’ drop-off site.

This initiative is a collaboration between the City of Beaconsfield, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association and Polyform. Polystyrene is identified by a small triangle surrounding the digit 6. This symbol can be found on consumer product containers and protective rigid plastic or foam packaging, as well as food packaging. The process is simple: clean and bring the items to put them into a three-way container, specially designed to collect polystyrene at Public Works.

Examples of polystyrene or rigid foam products:

  • Protective packaging
  • Insulation panels
  • Cups for coffee and hot drinks
  • Trays for meats, fruits and vegetables
  • Clear dome and black bottom packaging for bakery products
  • CD and DVD cases

Garbage and Recycling Collections

  1. Collection Days
    • Garbage and Recycling: Every Thursday
    • Bulky items and construction, renovation and demolition material (CRD): First Wednesday of the month, from April to November.
    • Green residue and leaves: every Monday from April to November. See schedule
  2. Green residue collection schedule:
    • Every Monday from mid-April until the end of November.
    • Winter: First Monday of the month, from January to April.
  3. Green residue includes: Dead leaves, hedge trimmings and yard waste (flowers, dead plants, weeds, grass clippings and stubble, wood chips, straw, hay, bush/shrub roots and plants.
  4. Collection schedule for bulky items and construction, renovation and demolition material (CRD): Monthly, starting the first Wednesday in April through November.
  5. If you miss the bulky items/CRD collection: Wait until the next one or bring these materials to the Public Work drop-off site.
  6. What is CRD?
    “CRD” is material produced by construction/renovation and demolition of residential buildings performed by the occupant and not by a contractor.
  7. Permitted bulky items: Furniture, rugs (to 6’ rolled and tied), mattresses, pool covers (rolled), household appliances (stoves, dishwashers, fridges, freezers), BBQ (without propane tank), hot water heaters, air-conditioning units, dehumidifiers, tire rims, cardboard boxes (flattened and stacked), etc.
  8. CRDs accepted for bulky items collection: Wood and pallets, plasterboard, ceramics, concrete, bricks, paving stones (in open containers or boxes, for manual pick-up, up to 25 kg—55 lbs.), melamine, doors and windows, vinyl siding, bathtubs, toilets, sinks, mirrors and window panes (various sizes), asphalt and asphalt shingles, etc.
    Only CRDs resulting from renovations performed by residents themselves are allowed. Manually loaded items must be in containers or boxes. In general, it must be possible for 2 workers to pick up the materials by hand and do so in no more than 5 minutes.
  9. I have green residue and leaves in plastic bags to be picked up. Will they be?
    No. Put your green residue and leaves in a garbage can, paper bag or cardboard box. Blue recycling bags are not allowed.
  10. I have bulky objects in plastic bags to be picked up. Will they be?
    No. Put bulky objects in a garbage can, paper bag or cardboard box. Blue recycling bags are not allowed.
  11. Will my CRDs resulting from renovation work performed by a private contractor be picked up?
    No. Only CRDs from the work performed by residents themselves are accepted.
  12. Why weren’t my bulky objects and CRDs picked up on Wednesday?
    Bulky objects and CRDs are only picked up the first Wednesday of the month, from April through November.
  13. Why weren’t my bulky objects/green residue/leaves/garbage picked up?
    Items not scheduled for collection (green residue, leaves in plastic bags, bulky objects, etc.) and put out to the curb on the wrong day or put out late will not be collected. Make sure you have the right day for the right collection. If none of these reasons applies, leave your contact information and we’ll follow up. 
  14. Where should I leave bulky items and CRDs?
    Bulky objects should be neatly/safely stacked and placed separately from household garbage.
  15. When should I put garbage and recyclables out to the curb?
    Put bulky waste/green residue/leaves and garbage cans out to the curb before 7:00 a.m. on collection day—or after 9:00 p.m. the night before.
  16. What do I do with hazardous household waste (HHW)?
    Roving HHW collections are scheduled in the spring and fall each year. If you miss a collection, visit the collection sites of neighbouring municipalities.
  17. Does the new bulky item collection have any impact on the ordinary garbage collection schedule?
    No. Both are completely separate.
  18. Can I give away used objects that still work?
    YES. If your bulky items can still be used, you can give them to charity. Please send an email to reduction@beaconsfield.ca for a list of these organizations. 
  19. I received a notice stating that my items cannot be picked up. Who can I discuss this with?
    Please call 514 428-4500 or email reduction@beaconsfield.ca for any questions or information about pick-ups. You can also check the online collection schedule or available in the CONTACT for a list of items that will be accepted and rejected.
  20. Are special pick-ups still possible?
    Yes. You can always request a paid special pick-up if you miss a pickup and for CRDs produced by a private contractor. An inspector will come by and estimate the fee ($95 minimum).

Garbage and Recycling

  1. Why shouldn’t organic materials go to landfill, since they will biodegrade naturally?
    Compostable organic materials that are buried in a landfill site (dump) contaminate the water and generate such greenhouse gases as methane (CH4). When properly composted, they return organic matter to the earth without giving off leachates or methane.
  2. Can I put my table scraps through a sink garbage disposal?
    Such units are prohibited in Montréal because the water treatment system is not designed to cope with the waste they generate. Furthermore, water treatment sludge is incinerated. The organic matter it contains is not, therefore, recyclable.
  3. What should I do with my table scraps?
    Take advantage of the City's green and food residue collection. Click here for more details. Vegetable table scraps can be mixed with other home compost.
    • Each household may obtain one free composter and one free kitchen collector from the Public Works drop-off site.
  4. How can I get rid of animal waste?
    The City currently does not pick up table scraps of animal origin or pet excrement. You can put such substances in the garbage. Waste of animal origin includes:
    • Meat, fat, cheese, bones and carcasses of chickens, etc.
    • Remainders of sauces and prepared dishes.
    • Pet (dog, cat, bird, etc.) excrement.
  5. What do I do with dead animals?
    Dead animals are not accepted for garbage pickups. Their bodies can be turned over to veterinarians or buried on your property.
  6. What do I do with disposable diapers?
    Put all disposable diapers from babies and other sources in the garbage.
  7. What do I do with medical or human waste?
    Occasional medical waste may be put in the household garbage. However, residents who regularly use syringes must discard them in sharps disposal containers. Your pharmacy can provide further information.
    • Used bandages, cotton balls, etc.: garbage
    • Syringes: sharps disposal container (check with pharmacy)
  8. What do I do with used clothing and different fabrics not suitable for charity?
    All non-reusable and non-recyclable clothing and fabrics may be discarded as garbage. However, recycling firms often accept to make rags or fiber. Check with such organizations. If they don’t want them, put them in the garbage.
  9. How do I discard expired medications?
    Take them to the pharmacy.
  10. Can I put my garbage in plastic bags?
    Although plastic wrap is recyclable, we recommend using sealed plastic bags to discard waste and control odour.
  11. Where are recyclable bulky items and construction, renovation and demolition material taken?
    They are hauled to a dry materials sorting centre, except for cooling equipment, such as refrigerators, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, etc., which are taken to Public Works, where cooling liquids are removed by an accredited firm, before they are recycled.
    The sorting centre separate recyclable materials (wood, metal, plastics, plasterboard, asphalt shingles, cardboard, etc.) before recycling and reusing them.
    Bulky items and CRDs that are picked up by the City are not recycled. Take materials in good working order to a recycling organization.
  12. Why recycle glass, which will be sent to landfill anyway?
    Not true! Glass that is recycled through selective collection (blue bin) is separated and sent to recyclers. Glass, which comes from sand, is worth less than other recycled materials and recycling it is less cost effective. However, the recycling industry is evolving and you are encouraging development of these new solutions by discarding glass in your blue bind. Three subsectors currently use recycled glass:
    • Glass micronization for reuse in concrete.
    • Production of paving stones (see the Jean-Talon Market plan).
    • Use as cover materials in engineered landfill site.

Incentive Tariff Approach

  1. What is incentive tariff?
    The incentive tariff approach offers flexible services for residents and provides a more equitable method of charging for garbage collection.
    The pilot project allowed residents to choose a garbage bin size (120 L, 240 L and 360 L) and put the bin out to the curb only when necessary. Garbage sent to landfill dropped 31%.

See the incentive tariff approach section

2. Will this cost me more?
In 2015, $176 from each property tax account went to waste management. This system would provide new services while minimizing waste management charges and boosting the City's environmental performance. The charges billed to residents depend, each year, on what the City pays to outside contractors. Residents who use the full set of municipal recycling services should not pay more than before. It is likely they will pay less.

3. Will the incentive tariff apply to all Beaconsfield residents?
Incentive tariff only applies to residents with their own wheeled garbage bin, for the moment.

4. Why should we change our habits?
Before rolling out its Reduction Strategy, Beaconsfield was the Island of Montréal's second-largest waste producer per capita. Residents generated an average 418 kg/person/year (compared with an average 272 kg for Québec as a whole, based on RECYC-QUÉBEC 2010 Household Characterization figures).
The average Beaconsfield garbage bin was, on average, half filled with compostable organic matter that can easily be diverted from landfill. These new measure help cut landfill costs and protect the environment.
Beaconsfield must comply with Québec's regulations. These include no paper, cardboard or organic matter in garbage by 2020. The Québec Action Plan for Waste Management seeks to:

  • Recycle 60% of biodegradable materials.
  • Recycle 70% of paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and scrap metal.
  • Send 70% of construction, renovation and demolition waste (CRD) to a sorting centre.
  • Cut waste production 16%.

5. Why not pick-up compostable materials, like our neighbours?
Beaconsfield has different features from these communities:

  • The vast majority of residents live in single-family homes.
  • Over 92% have backyards and can compost.
  • Abundant vegetation generates a very large volume of green residue.

Beaconsfield's Reduction Strategy provides a more comprehensive approach aimed at reducing all waste production. Initiatives in place seek to recycle the very large majority of organic waste (green residue, domestic composting and grasscycling), while boosting reuse of all other waste (collections of bulky items and construction, renovation and demolition waste).

Problems associated with brown bin collections in neighbouring cities are:

  • Brown bins contain a low percentage of kitchen residue relative to green residue
  • Participation is low in the winter
  • In the winter, kitchen residue can stick to the bin and not be completely removed
  • The size of the brown bin is too small for residents who produce a lot of green residue
  • The tonnage diverted does not justify the high cost

        Advantages of targeted green residue collections and community support for backyard composting:

  • Weekly green residue pickup from April to November, during the period of peak production of organic matter
  • No limit on number of bags or reusable containers collected
  • No use of plastic bags (plastic would contaminate the compost)
  • Contract cost is fixed even if amount of green residue collected increases annually
  • Backyard composting allows treatment and use of organic matter on site (avoids transportation and ensures reuse)
  • Free composter provided to all residents for kitchen residue and green residue
  • Resident support program offered by the Beaconsfield’s volunteer Master Composters

6. How will the RFID system be used for the automated collection of the garbage bins?

  • Each garbage bin is equipped with an RFID tag encoded with a unique alpha-numeric identifier
  • The RFID reader on the arm of the garbage truck registers each time a specific bin is emptied
  • The system allows the operator to select from a list of irregularities if a bin could not be emptied
  • Examples of irregularities: bin broken, incorrect bin, bin not accessible, bin backwards, etc.
  • If necessary, the operator can take a picture to illustrate why the bin was not collected
  • The system provides a very useful tool to improve service and information for residents

7. What are the principal advantages of the incentive tariff and the automated collection of garbage?

  • The mechanized collection requires only 1 operator, less chance of accidents, thereby reducing cost
  • The savings realized allows the City to offer more services to residents to help reduce waste
  • The green residue and bulky item collections have greatly reduced waste sent to landfill
  • Problems can be identified in real time, allowing oversights to be resolved the same day (facilitates complaint management )
  • The bins provided by the City are more stable and resistant to damage, especially in winter
  • The fee structure of the garbage contract ensures that the community’s efforts are rewarded (savings shared directly with residents)
  • In many cases residents will pay less for garbage collection in 2016 than they did in 2015
  • The flexible system allows each resident to determine his/her needs, based on his/her efforts to reduce waste

8. Why has this integrated approach to waste reduction been chosen instead of other means in an effort to optimize costs and reduce the amount of garbage sent to landfill?

  • In 2013, Beaconsfield produced the second highest amount of garbage per capita on the Island of Montreal. An integrated approach was necessary to reduce the material sent to landfill and to bring about significant environmental improvement while controlling costs.
  • Given the substantial added cost and the low diversion rates observed, the brown bin collections for organic waste do not offer a cost effective means to reduce waste.
  • A Recyc-Québec study has determined that most of the content of brown bins consists of green residue (75%). The City’s green residue collections have proven to be very cost effective at reducing the organic matter sent to landfill.
  • Results up until now, have demonstrated that the pillars of the Strategy will enable the City to reach and even exceed the environmental targets at a lower cost.
  • In the first six months of 2015, Beaconsfield residents have reduced the tonnage of waste sent to landfill by 28% compared to the same period in 2014.
  • Reducing the frequency of garbage collection in other cities has not resulted in significant savings and has proven to be very disruptive for their residents.
  • The incentive tariff provides a more equitable and flexible approach to waste collection than the current rate structure, as it acknowledges the efforts residents make to reduce the waste left out for curbside pick-up.


Cameras in Garbage Collection Trucks
Respecting Privacy

Mayor Georges Bourrelle and the elected members of the Beaconsfield Municipal Council are fully committed to preserving the safety, health and civic rights of all citizens, and have taken measures to ensure that the new waste collection system is privacy compliant when cameras are installed in truck dump boxes to capture images of the materials being picked up.

The City of Beaconsfield has obtained two legal opinions on this issue confirming that the new procedure, already in use in thousands of cities in the U.S. and Canada, is con-sistent with the right to privacy.

Privacy protection, which is clearly defined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Free-doms and the Civil Code of Quebec, ensures protection of both the character and image of an individual.

According to the lawyers consulted, garbage put out for purposes of collection is con-sidered to have been “abandoned” by its owner. Consequently, privacy protection is not at issue.

Decisions handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2009 and the Appeal Court of Quebec in 2012 confirm that privacy is protected when citizens leave their household waste on a public right-of-way because, in so doing, they give up ownership rights to the garbage bags and their contents.

The experts consulted stated that there is no legal foundation to the claim that viewing garbage collection operations on a screen – or taking photographs of such operations – constitutes an infringement of privacy.


Branches can be discarded at Public Works from September 1 to May 31. No limit. Don’t prune during the summer, because this can spread ash borer disease.


How does the automated waste collection system work?

Garbage bins equipped with RFID transponders are distributed to Beaconsfield residents. Three bin sizes are available:

  • MINI – 120 litres
  • STANDARD – 240 litres
  • HEFTY – 360 litres


The RFID transponder affixed to your bin enables the system to link the bin to your address How often you use the collection service will therefore automatically be registered with your home, based on your disposal habits. This approach allows you to manage your bill: the less you throw away, the more you save.

The automated waste collection system will collect waste in a bin that can be lifted mechanically only. Only the new charcoal bin will be collected. Bags or other garbage placed next to the bin will not beaccepted.

What is the smart collection?
The smart collection is based on the “pay as you throw’’ principle and is established according to the size and frequency of collection. The weight of the bin is not relevant.

In fact, the smart collection takes a more equitable, beneficial and logical approach to waste collection than the current rate structure, as it accounts for the efforts you make to reduce the waste you leave out for curbside pick-up. The more you sort by using all other available collections, the slower you’ll fill your garbage bin and the less frequently you’ll need to put out the bin for pick-up.

What are the benefits of automated waste collection and the incentive tariff?
This approach delivers a number of benefits, both for the City of Beaconsfield and its citizens.

Cost control for the City
Automated waste collection is less expensive than the current system, and the savings enable the City to diversify the waste management services it offers citizens.

Cost control for citizens
The tariff system takes into account your actual use of the collection service and the amount of waste you produce. It is therefore more equitable and enables you to control the amount you are charged.

Environmental preservation
It has been demonstrated that a smart collcetion promotes waste reduction and sorting. It has also been shown to change people’s shopping habits. These simple actions add up to a positive and profound impact on the environment.

Who does the program apply to?
The program targets single family residences, which make up 92% of all of the homes in Beaconsfield.


The smart collection is calculated based on a fixed tariff plus a variable tariff, as explained below:

Fixed proportion

  • The fixed tariff covers the overall fixed cost of all collection services for waste and recyclable materials.
  • This tariff includes the cost of one garbage bin collection per month (12)It is established based on the size of bin chosen.


Variable proportion

  • The variable tariff is calculated based on the number of additional garbage bin collections made during the year.
  • The cost of each collection is established based on the size of bin chosen. The weight of the bin is not relevant.

2016 tariff chart

Tariffs are based on actual costs for all collection services. An idea of the possible rates for 2016 are presented below.


Bin format chosen (Litre) 120 240 360
Fixed portion (includes 12 household waste collections)  $150 $155 $160
 Variable proportion   
 Unit bin cost of each additional collection ($/bin pick-up) $0.40 $0.80 $1.20



  • The fixed tariff will be charged on your municipal tax bill.
  • The variable tariff will be billed at the end of the year at the same time as the water tax.

The following three examples illustrate how tariffs will be calculated based on the bin format and garbage collection frequency:


MINI (120 L) Put out for collection every two weeks throughout the year, for a total of 26 collections. The number of additional collections is therefore 14. $156
STANDARD (240 L) Put out for collection every week between March and October (excluding three weeks of personal vacation) and every two weeks between November and February. The total number of collections is 39 per year, 27 of which are calculated as additional collections. $177
HEFTY (360 L) Put out for collection every week of the year (excluding three weeks of personal vacation), for a total of 49 collections. The number of additional collections is 37. $204


A system adapted to each family’s situation
There is no good or bad bin size. What’s important are the efforts and actions of each person to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. A family with a 120-litre bin who puts out their garbage for pick-up four times a month will have produced more garbage than someone with a 360-litre bin who puts the garbage out once a month. The frequency of the collection has just as much impact on the environment.

Which bin size is right for my family?
In making your decision, please note the capacity of each bin size:

The MINI - 120 litres – up to 5 standard kitchen garbage bags
The STANDARD - 240 litres - up to 10 standard kitchen garbage bags
The HEFTY - 360 litres - up to 15 standard kitchen garbage bags

Please note that these formats are the same as those currently offered for recycling bins.

Examine your current habits and how you might be able to reduce the amount of waste your household produces. The City of Beaconsfield offers you many complementary collection services to help you do so.



What should I do with my old bin?
Why not use it for your green residue? It’s a practical solution and one we encourage. If you wish to dispose of your old bin or if it is damaged, you can put it out for the bulky item collection and add a note to it to ensure it is picked up for recycling. During the period between December and March when no bulky item collections are planned, you can bring it to the Public Works drop off site.

Have questions?
Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions on the Beaconsfield website, which can be found by clicking on the Garbage and recycling collection section.

You can also reach us by email at reduction@beaconsfield.ca or by phone at 514 428-4500.

Consult the Reference Guide (PDF)

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Electronic products should be thought of as a resource for producing other equipment, rather than as garbage. ICT, information and communications technology equipment, is not picked up in normal garbage collections.


Public Works Drop-Off Site

The City provides residents with a special waste drop-off site, at the back of the Public Works building. Use is limited to residents, who must present proof of residency (driver’s licence or municipal tax bill). Up to five drop-offs (excluding branches) are permitted each year per address.


  • Bulky waste: furniture, appliances, mattresses, carpets (rolled up and tied)
  • Construction, renovation and demolition waste (CRD): wood, plaster, paving stones, concrete, bricks, doors and windows
  • Electronic waste, batteries and light bulbs
  • Tires from lightweight vehicles without rims and rims without tires
  • Branches, logs, stumps and fire wood (September 1 to May 31)
  • Fallen leaves (from mid-October to mid-December only)
  • Earth and rocks (up to three cubic yards)
  • Plastic #6 (styrofoam)


  • Household garbage, recyclable items, large cardboard
  • Hazardous domestic waste (HDW)
  • Green residus
  • Branches, logs, stumps and fire wood (May 31 to September 1)

Special measure to limit spread of ash borer disease

To comply with the departmental order on ash borer disease, it is prohibited to bring potentially infested bulk material to the drop-off site such as heating wood, logs, branches and stumps and nursery materials, between May 31 and September 1.



After the five visits, the following charges apply:

  • Cars: $15 per drop-off
  • Light truck or van: $40 per drop-off
  • 'Pickups': $40 minimum (based on estimate)
  • Truck with dump box—less than 5 tons: $150 minimum (based on estimate)
  • Single axle trailer: $80 minimum (based on estimate)
  • Dual axle trailer: $200 minimum (based on estimate)




Place and Hours:
300, Beaurepaire

Monday to Friday: 7:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday: open only from April to the end of November, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Questions? Email us at site.depot@beaconsfield.ca 


Special Pickup

If you must discard items or materials not eligible for regular pickups or if you missed the free branch pickup, you can request a special pickup from Public Works at 514 428-4500.

An inspector will give you an estimate of the charge. There is a $100 minimum for bulky waste and CRD, and $60 minimum for branches. If you are not home when the inspector comes, s/he will leave the estimate in your mailbox. You must make your payment to City Hall before the pickup will occur.


Composting is a natural process in which organic matter, like leaves, garden waste and kitchen scraps are turned into a valuable fertilizer (compost) for the garden and yard.
This transformation is partly due to microorganisms and worms that break down organic matter into plant nutrients.


Make sure to mix the following materials:

  • Green residue (flowers, weeds, leaves and houseplants)
  • Kitchen scraps (fruit and vegetable waste, bread, pasta and legumes)
  • Coffee filters and grounds, tea and herbal tea bags


  • Dead leaves
  • Twigs, smalls branches and straw
  • Wood chips, pellets and saw dust
  • Newsprint (black ink only) and cardboard egg cartons


  • Meat, fish and bones.
  • Fats and oils, sauces, cheese and dairy products.
  • Animal waste.
  • Sick plants and leaves.


Read our Composting Guide

ORIGAMI - Kitchen Catcher (PDF)



Such materials are generated by house or yard renovation and include wood, plaster, tiles and paving stones. Only materials from small-scale renovation work by residents are collected. Maximum dimensions are 1.8 m (6’) by 1.2 m (4’). Please ensure that the nails are bent or removed.



  • Wood, palettes, melamine and plywood
  • Plaster
  • Tiles, concrete, bricks and paving stones (in a container)
  • Doors, windows and vinyl siding
  • Asphalt shingles
  • Hard plastic


  • Sharp objects (to ensure worker safety)
  • Household garbage
  • Recyclables (except cardboard and large, hard plastics)
  • Hazardous domestic waste
  • Green residue and Christmas trees
  • Electronic waste (Drop-Off site at Public Works, 300 Beaurepaire)
  • Tires (Drop-Off site at Public Works, 300 Beaurepaire)



Bulky, Construction, Renovation and Demolition Waste

North sector of highway 20 : the second Wednesday of the month until November inclusive.
South sector of highway 20 : the fourth Wednesday of the month until November inclusive.

Take your bulky waste to the curb after 9 p.m. the night before or before 7:00 a.m. on the day of the collection.

Bulky waste must be:

  • Separated from regular garbage
  • Neatly and safely stacked
  • Placed in containers, except large objects that can be picked up by hand
  • No stacks
  • Less than 25 kg (55 lbs.)

No garbage bags allowed. Place such waste in a container, cardboard box or paper bag.

Overlooked items? 

Make sure collection instructions were followed: day and time, accepted materials, size and weight, etc. 

If all instructions were followed, report the situation to Public Works the same evening after 7 p.m. or before 10:30 a.m. the next day. 
Requests received after 10 a.m. the day following the collection will not be processed.


Public Works Drop-Off Site

You can always bring your bulky waste to the Public Works Drop-Off during operating hours.

Construction waste produced by contractors is not accepted. Tell your contractor to send the dumpster to a construction, renovation and demolition waste sorting centre.


Bulky items are too big to be placed in a bag, box or garbage bin. In order to reduce the quantity of dry materials sent to landfill, these items are sent to a sorting centre for recycling and reuse.




Metal furniture, household appliance (stove, dishwasher, dryer, washing machine, oven, fridge, freezer), BBQ (without gas tank), air-conditioner, dehumidifier, electric devices, lawn mower/snow blower (with empty bag), hot water tank, bathtub, toilette, wheel rims.

Wooden furniture (table, chair, dresser, cabinet, sofa), carpet (rolled up and tied—6’ max.), mattress, pool liner (rolled up), large pieces of cardboard, large, hard plastic objects (children’s play structures)


  • Household garbage
  • Recyclables, except cardboard and large plastic objects
  • Hazardous domestic waste
  • Green residue, Christmas trees and branches
  • Electronic waste
  • Tires 


Collection of Bulky, Construction, Renovation and Demolition Material

North sector of highway 20 : the second Wednesday of the month until November inclusive.

South sector of highway 20 : the fourth Wednesday of the month until November inclusive.

Take your bulky items to the curb after 5 p.m. the night before or before 7:00 a.m. on the day of the collection.

Waste material may not be left at the curbside outside authorized hours.  See section By-laws, policies relating to the environment and sanitation

  • Bulky items must be neatly and safely stacked
  • No garbage bags allowed. Place such waste in a container, cardboard box or paper bag
    Maximum length for construction materials:1.8 metres (6 feet) by 1.2 metres (4 feet) by 1 metre (3 feet) 


Overlooked items? 

Make sure collection instructions were followed: day and time, accepted materials, size and weight, etc. 

If all instructions were followed, report the situation to Public Works the same evening after 7 p.m. or before 10 a.m. the next day. 
Requests received after 10 a.m. the day following the collection will not be processed.


Public Works Drop-Off Site

You can always bring your bulky waste to the Public Works Drop-Off during operating hours.


The advantages are numerous:

  • Any problem can be identified in real-time and resolved, possibly, the same day.
  • The transponders installed on the bins allow the City to ensure their traceability.
  • The flexibility of this system allows us to offer a weekly collection service and not only every two weeks. You can use it according to your needs.
  • Thanks to your efforts, you are helping to reduce the cost of the collection service.


Why put the blue bin at the curb only when it is full?

  • To reduce GHGs
  • To reduce costs

The less frequently you put it out, the more we will save!

We wish to acknowledge the valuable cooperation of all residents. Your help allows us to move forward with this new initiative.


Questions? Write to us at reduction@beaconsfield.ca


Bacs bleus

Financed by Éco Entreprises Québec and RecycleMédias, the recycling collection aims to recover containers, packaging and printed material.


  • Containers (large and small)
  • Bottles (plastic or glass)
  • Milk or juice carton
  • Tin cans
  • Aluminum paper plates
  • Receptacles for food, household products and cosmetics
  • Bags (paper or plastic) (grocery bags, bread bags, etc.)
  • Caps
  • Cardboards
  • Egg cartons
  • Flat cartons (eg. cereal boxes, pasta, tissues, etc.)
  • Lightly soiled pizza box
  • "Waxed" cardboard or packaging (coffee cups, ice cream and frozen foods containers, etc.)
  • Multilayer packaging
  • Newspapers
  • Flyers
  • Paper
  • Shredded paper in transparent bag
  • Magazines, books, etc.

Rule to remember: Paper and cardboard soaked with oil, grease and food are not recyclable. However, a trace of grease on a box of donuts or pizza does not harm the recycling process.

Reminder: Put all the plastic bags in one and remove all flyers from the plastic bag



  • Hazardous material containers
  • Wooden boxes (e.g. clementines)
  • Styrofoam
  • Corks
  • Sharp items
  • Wood and construction residue
  • Electronic residue
  • Bulky items (sofa, household appliances, air conditioner, oven ...)
  • Extension cord
  • Household hazardous waste (HHW)
  • Kitchen residue
  • Green residue
  • Textiles
  • Light bulbs
  • Hazardous material containers
  • Toys
  • Plastic equipment (hose)
  • Goods pools (canvas, ladders and pumps)
  • Dishes
  • PVC items

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Flammable products...NOT IN THE BLUE BIN!

These products constitute a real danger for the safety of the employees who work in the sorting centers. Flammable products include in particular:

  • Automobile batteries and any other kind of battery;
  • Wax for furniture;
  • Fuel for fondue;
  • Rubbing alcohol;
  • Nail polish remover;
  • Nail polish;
  • Solvent-based glue;
  • Ammunition;
  • Alkyd paint;
  • Solvents;
  • Varnish;
  • Aerosols;
  • Antifreeze;
  • Oils for vehicles.



Recyclables are picked up Thursdays (except statutory holidays) from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The blue bin should be put out by the curb after 5:00 p.m. the night before or before 7:00 a.m. the day of the collection. Make sure to take the bin back from the curb the same day before 11:00 p.m.

Only 120 L, 240 L or 360 L litter cans provided by the City are acceptable. The blue bins are City property.

Overlooked bin? 

Make sure collection instructions were followed: day and time, bin position, accepted container, container weight, accepted materials, etc. 

If all instructions were followed, report the situation to Public Works the same evening after 7 p.m. or before 10:30 a.m. the next day. 
Requests received after 10:30 a.m. the day following the collection will not be processed.

To facilitate robotic pickup, please make sure:

  • Bins are placed within one metre of the curb
  • Bin wheels face your house
  • There is 60 cm (2’) free on both sides and at the back of the wheeled bin
  • All materials are inside (large piece of cardboard should be discarded with construction, renovation and demolition waste)

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Damaged or Missing Bin
If your blue bin is damaged, you can get a replacement by calling 514 428-4500 or emailing reduction@beaconsfield.ca

New Residents
Please use the blue bin provided by the City of Beaconsfield. It has a robotic hoisting attachment to facilitate pickups.
No bin or you’ve just moved in? You can ask for a blue bin to be dropped off. Call us at 514 428-4500 or send an email to reduction@beaconsfield.ca
Remember to write your address with a permanent marker in the space provided on the can.

The blue bin is the City of Beaconsfield property. If you move, leave it behind for the next occupant. The bin’s serial number matches its place of delivery.

sac vert nespressoRecyling of Nespresso Coffee Capsules 

An agreement for the recyling of capsules was concluded between Nespresso and the TIRU sorting center which serves Beaconsfield. In order to recycle these capsules, residents must put them in the green bag provided by Nespresso. 

How it works

To recycle capsules, residents must place their used capsules in the green recycling bag provided for this purpose. A bag is included with each online capsule order placed on the Nespresso website. To make sure the capsules can be correctly sorted, it is imperative that they be placed in the bag; capsules place directly in the recycling bin will not be recycled.
Once recycled, the capsules will be sorted at the TIRU sorting center then shipped to the 2M Ressources facility, where the coffee grounds will be separated from the aluminum. These two materials will then be recycled and reused.



Pick the right collection

  • Recyc-Québec has a tool that allows you to find the appropriate collection by material.
  • Available in both languages, and also as a smart phone application, the “Ça va où ?” (“Where does it go?”) tool provides a search engine by municipality recyc-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/points-de-recuperation


NEW! You can now recycle your oral care products

  • Oral care products are NOT accepted in the blue bin.
  • To ensure these products are recycled, the City has installed a collection box at the entrance to City Hall and at the Recreation Centre.
  • This collection box allows you to recycle toothbrushes and heads for electric toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and caps, related packaging, and floss containers.

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New recycling centre for the West Island

The Agglomeration of Montreal has opened a new sorting centre for recycled materials in Lachine. It is one of the most efficient in North America, which will greatly improve the quality of the materials sorted, and increase the reuse of materials locally. Collections from Beaconsfield’s blue bins are delivered to this new recycling centre since October 31.

Click here for more details (in French only) 


What happens to the materials that go to sorting centres in Quebec?

  • They are transformed and used in Quebec by a multitude of companies.
  • Plastic containers are turned into plastic lumber that can be used to create furniture.
  • Paper is turned into recycled fibres that can produce food packaging, tissues, egg cartons, etc.
  • Cardboard is turned into packaging (corrugated boxes, containers,paper products, etc.)
  • Glass is turned into ecomaterials.
    • Ex: Éco Entreprises Québec has developed markets for recycled abrasives, cement additives, and mineral wool.

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Garbage is non-recyclable waste that cannot be disposed using the recycling services or collections provided by the City. You can put your garbage in a sealed plastic bag inside the garbage bin. For example, garbage includes: scrap and non-recyclable materials, meat carcasses, fatty cuts of meat, waste of animal, disposable diapers, soiled non-recyclable packaging including toys where batteries have been removed.


Garbage is picked up Thursdays (except statutory holidays) from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The bin should be put out by the curb after 5:00 p.m. the night before or before 7:00 a.m. the day of the collection. Make sure to take the bin back from the curb the same day before 11:00 p.m.

Overlooked bin? 

Make sure collection instructions were followed: day and time, bin position, accepted container, container weight, accepted materials, etc. 

If all instructions were followed, report the situation to Public Works the same evening after 7 p.m. or before 10:30 a.m. the next day. 
Requests received after 10:30 a.m. the day following the collection will not be processed.


  • Recyclables eligible for selective collection
  • Bulky waste
  • Construction, renovation and demolition waste (CRD)
  • Green residue
  • Hazardous domestic waste (HDW)
  • Electronic waste (Drop-Off Site at Public Works, 300 Beaurepaire)
  • Tires (Drop-Off site at Public Works, 300 Beaurepaire)
  • Car parts
  • Dead animals (Please notify Public Works 514 428-4500)
  • Biomedical waste (ex. needles)


Tips on How to Avoid Rodent Damage to Wheeled Bins

  • Put your bins out for collection Thursday morning before 7 a.m., not the night before
  • Always put material in sealed bags in the garbage bin
  • Keep the bins clean and use a disinfectant as required
  • Where possible, keep your bins in a shed or garage
  • If shelter is not available, place bins away from trees and shrubs that provide animals with easy access


visuel changement bacs 01YOUR GREY BIN ISN’T RIGHT FOR YOUR NEEDS?

If your garbage bin is too large or too small for your household’s needs, you have the right to change to a different size, one time only, at the end of the year.

Important guidelines:

  • Your existing bin must be clean and empty of all waste
  • Leave the bin on the outside of your property where it is visible from the street (e.g. in front of the garage)
  • Write your address on your new bin as soon as you receive it!

    Send the form to Public Works by email at reduction@beaconsfield.ca, by fax at 514 428-4511 or by mail at 300 Beaurepaire, Beaconsfield (Quebec) H9W 3C1.

Please fill out the form below and return it to Public Works. If possible, please send the form by email to reduction@beaconsfield.ca

Deadline to submit the form : October 22, 2021. 

Exchanges will take place on November 5, 12 and 19, 2021.


Waste Reduction Strategy

Beaconsfield residents rank second as producers of domestic waste per capita on the island of Montreal. More than 50% of our domestic waste could be diverted from landfills.

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To address the problem at the source, the City is proposing a Waste Reduction Strategy based on five key elements. The City's goal is to reduce the quantity of waste sent to landfill.

The City will take into account the results of the pilot project and residents' feedback to finalize the Strategy.

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The pilot project on the incentive tariff approach, currently underway with 253 residents, is one of the elements analyzed by the City as part of the Waste Reduction Strategy. The goal of the pilot project is to test this approach.

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Encouraging home composting is one of the five elements that are part of the proposed Waste Reduction Strategy.

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 Grasscycling and leaf mulching are also part of the proposed strategy. Both activities, in addition to saving time, help reduce discarded organic material and the cost of collection, transportation and treatment.

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 The City offers options to help you dispose of your waste responsibly. Note that green residue collections will increase from 8 to 22 in 2015, from April to November. Before throwing it away, think of the 3Rs!

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 For more information on the Waste Reduction Strategy, to share your comments or to askk questions, email us at reduction@beaconsfield.ca.


Recycling grass is easy to do, it consists of leaving cut grass on the lawn after mowing the lawn. The result is reduced lawn maintenance and decreased fertilization and watering costs. Cut grass decomposes within two or three days leaving no trace behind. It is a natural fertilizer and speeds up decomposition of stubble. Recycling grass is a simple and effective way or maintaining your lawn and protecting our environment!

Benefits of grasscycling

There are many reasons to be a herbicycler!  6 Good reasons:

  • For the environment: The grass clippings are an importance source of methane (CH4). By decomposing in landfill in the absence of oxygen, they produce biogases which contribute to increase greenhouse gas emissions. The methane is 21 times more powerful than carbon dioxide (CO2).
  • To save on fertilizer purchase: Provide nutritive elements (mainly nitrogen) for the lawn through the decomposition of the cut grass;
  • To humidify the lawn:  hydrate the soil naturally and protect it against drought, because grass wastes contain a large amount of water; 90 % Water by weight
  • To strengthen the lawn: nourish the micro-organisms that are beneficial to the soil and which help to decompose the thatch.
  • To reduce the volume of your waste, which reduces pollution associated with grass decomposing in landfill.  
  • To save time: no time wasted on collecting and bagging grass clippings.  Greatly reduce the volume of garbage that will end up in landfill;

Every year, the City organizes two hazardous waste collections in the spring and autumn.  Recycle your items at any one of these depots:


Did you know that Quebec residents discard an average 341 kg per year of waste that ends up in Greater Montreal dumps? Our garbage containers are still 44% full of organic and compostable substances. Proper waste management has a significant impact on protecting the environment and on your taxes. This section discusses appropriate disposal of waste and products and services that the city offers. Learn to identify and manage compostable, recyclable and hazardous materials.


Every year there are two branch collection periods, one in the spring and another in autumn. The period for spring pick-up starts in April until mid-June. The pick-up in autumn starts in September until the end of October.