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.

2023 tariff chart

Tariffs are based on actual costs for all collection services. Rates for 2023 are presented below.


Bin format chosen (Litre) 120 240 360
Fixed portion (includes 12 household waste collections)  $180 $195 $210
 Variable proportion   
 Unit bin cost of each additional collection ($/bin pick-up) $1.40 $2.20 $3.00



  • 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. $200
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. $254
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. $321


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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