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In addition to the adoption of the Climate Action Plan, which presents our principal sources of GHGs and local vulnerabilities, the City, the City of Beaconsfield seeks to reduce its impact on the environment as much as possible through concrete actions.

Smart collection

Smart Collection

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.

How is this tariff calculated?

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.

Tariff chart


  • 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.

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:

  • Mini – 120 litres : Up to 5 standard kitchen garbage bags
  • Standard – 240 litres : Up to 10 standard kitchen garbage bags
  • 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.

Questions ?

Please consult our FAQ page.

You can also reach us by email at or by phone at 514 428-4500.

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For your information

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan 2021-2025

The City adopted the Climate Change Adaptation Plan and the Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) Reduction Plan in the Spring of 2021. The Climate Action Plan, a synthesis of these two plans, presents the principal sources of GHG and the local vulnerabilities, and identifies specific projects to reduce GHG and limit climate risk. The actions undertaken will serve to make our community more resilient to climate and environmental change.  

This plan focuses on how we can reduce our emissions that cause climate change.

Download the plan (French only)