COVID-19: Food and green residue collection – preventive measure

We remind you that the collection of green and food residue is done manually in all sectors. Considering the current context linked to COVID-19, the City of Beaconsfield is asking residents to take certain precautions in order to limit the risks of spreading the virus:

  • All items that have been in contact with your mouth, nose or eyes should be placed in a closed paper bag inside a bin.
  • Disinfect, if possible, the handle(s) of the bin(s) to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

These measures aim to minimize the risk of spreading the virus and also better protect workers who have to handle - every day - thousands of containers filled with residual materials.



Mondays for the south sector and Wednesdays for the north sector 

Given the large volume of green waste to be collected and the reduction of the workforce, the collection will be done as follows:
South sector of Highway 20: Mondays as of 7 a.m.
NEW! North sector of Highway 20: Wednesdays as of 7 a.m. 


The duration of this collection could be extended, subject to workforce availability, it is possible that the containers will be collected within days of the date scheduled for collection.


Thank you for your cooperation and your understanding.




All organic garden waste, including grass clippings and leaves.

Grasscycling and backyard composting are the best cost-effective options to help reduce material at the source, without the need to transport it to a treatment centre.




Food (Kitchen) Residue (raw, cooked or spoiled) 

  • Meat and poultry (including skin, fat and bones)
  • Fish and seafood (including shells, skin and bones)
  • Dairy products
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Bread, pasta, rice and other cereal products
  • Coffee grinds and tea bags
  • Eggs and shells
  • Nuts and shells
  • Vegetable oils and fats (small amounts) 
  • Herbs, spices, sauces and dressings
  • Sweets and snacks
  • Meal leftovers (food scraps)
  • Corn cobs 
Green Residue
  • Garden residue (flowers, plants, weeds) 
  • Grass clippings and other plants 
  • Leaves, twigs, evergreen needles, sawdust, straw 
  • Shrub roots and household plants 
Other residue material 
  • Non-waxed paper plates
  • Paper (clean or soiled): tissue paper, paper towels, paper napkins, newspapers, muffin liners 
  • Compostable plates, bowls, utensils and toothpicks
  • Animal food
  • Human or animal hair, feathers
  • Cold ashes produced by burning untreated wood 


  • Plastic bags (regular, biodegradable or compostable)
  • Recyclable materials
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Animal feces, used pet litter and pads
  • Diapers, incontinence pants, sanitary napkins and tampons, cotton swabs, dental floss
  • Fabrics and clothing, shoes
  • Dryer lint, dust, wax
  • Dead animals (wild or pets)
  • Waxed paper or styrofoam
  • Wood and ceramic
  • Branches
  • Cigarette butts
  • Chewing gum
  • Branches, soil, rocks and sand



orange bins

From end of April to November, green waste collection takes place Mondays for the south sector and Wednesdays for the north sector.

South sector of Highway 20: Mondays as of 7 a.m.

North sector of Highway 20: Wednesdays as of 7 a.m.  


Consult the Collection Calendar for details.

From December to April, green waste collection takes place on the first Monday of each month.

  • Green residue must be placed in cardboard boxes, bins (except the blue bin) or paper bags.
  • Neither plastic bags or blue bins, nor branches will be collected.
  • Warning! Do not put food residue in paper bags or cardboard boxes.
  • Food residue MUST be placed in a bin size 40 litres or more, WITH A COMPLETELY CLOSED LID.
  • Green and food residue can be mixed together on condition that it is put in a bin with a lid.

To properly manage food residue

The use of paper bags or newspaper is convenient for placing food in the bin used to collect your green residue because the paper:
  • absorbs moisture
  • minimizes odours
  • contains insects that may be present in the organic matter
  • prevents residue from sticking to the surface of the bin
  • is useful for freezing residue during the hottest months of the year
Use a simple origami technique
The origami or kitchen catcher made with newspaper is an easy and effective way to keep things clean when disposing of your organic matter! Click here to learn more (PDF)

Paper bags to use for the collection

Examples of ACCEPTED bags:
    2ply                bagtoearth        
Paper bag with paper liner     Paper bag with cellulose liner
Examples of REFUSED bags:


   liners             brownbags      ecosafe bag
Paper bag with compostable liner      Compostable bag        Compostable bag    




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 a.m. the next day.
Requests received after 10 a.m. the day following the collection will not be processed.