Food waste

The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion is pleased to offer the food waste collection its citizens. This provides better protection for our environment by reducing the amount of waste produced and associated landfill costs.

In accordance with the Quebec Residual Materials Management Policy, eliminating organic matter will be prohibited by 2020. The objective is to recover 60% of organic matter generated, all sectors combined – residential, industrial, commercial and institutional.

According to municipalities that have already implemented the collection of organic materials, about 2 kg of materials per residence are put in the brown bin each week. That's more than 100 kg of waste per year diverted from landfills!

Phase 2: buildings with five or more units

Phase 2 of the project started in October 2019. Citizens living in buildings with five or more units are also served by this collection, with some exceptions. 

Collection Day

Food waste collection will take place weekly on Tuesdays for residents in areas 1, 4 and 5 and Thursdays for those in the areas 2 and 3.

Collections calendar

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To validate your area, consult the streets' lists:

Materials accepted

Kitchen waste:

  • Cereals, grains, bread, pasta, flour and sugar
  • Fruits and vegetables, cooked or raw
  • Meat, fish, seafood, eggshells and bones
  • Coffee grounds and filters, tea bags
  • Dairy products, cakes, pastries, nuts, husks
  • Pet food

Other organic materials:

  • Small quantities of liquid food that can be absorbed by other waste
  • Fats (vegetable oil, mayonnaise, salad dressing, etc.)
  • Wooden toothpicks or sticks, hair, feathers
  • Absorbent fibres: napkins, paper towels, facial tissues
  • Food-contaminated paper and cardboard: cardboard plates, pizza boxes, paper packets without metal pins and plastic or wax coating
  • Paper bags, with or without compostable cellulose film inside
  • Cold ashes

Materials refused

Green waste:

  • Dead leaves, grass clippings and other plant cuttings
  • Flowers, houseplants and leftover potting mix, including sand and soil
  • Branches

Undesirable materials that are refused:

  • Plastic bags (regular, biodegradable, compostable or oxo-degradable)
  • Compostable tableware
  • Animal feces and pet litter
  • Dead animals or parts of animals (e.g. deer heads and legs)
  • Diapers, sanitary napkins and tampons
  • Rock, gravel
  • Corks

Non-compostable or contaminated waste:

  • Containers and packaging of waxed cardboard or composite materials (multilayered with cardboard, aluminum or plastic inside, e.g. Tetra Pak®)
  • Dental floss, cotton ear swabs, make-up removers, wet wipes
  • Candles
  • Vacuum cleaner bags and contents
  • Medications and biomedical waste
  • Construction, renovation and demolition trash
  • Recyclable materials: plastics, glass, metals, textiles, fibres (except paper and cardboard for packaging food waste)
  • Any electronic device
  • Household hazardous waste: oil, paint, pesticide, gasoline, batteries, painted/stained/treated wood
  • Sanitary fibres (paper towels, etc.) that have been in contact with chemicals 
  • Dryer sheets

Instructions on the use of curbside bins

To make sure your bins are emptied, please follow all instructions regarding waste bins.

  • The latch of your bin must be unlocked once installed at the curb for collection.
  • Bins must be placed 1 metre from the street (not in the street or on the sidewalk), wheels facing your house.
  • Bins can not be left at the curb between Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.
  • Bins must not obstruct snow removal or street cleaning.
  • The wheeled bins are the property of the City. Each has a serial number linked to a street address. They must not be exchanged between neighbours. Please write your address in the area provided.
  • It is recommended that bins be placed at each end of the parking area when two pickups take place during the same day. These must be placed 1 m away from cars, buildings or other objects so they can be reached by the mechanical arm of the collection truck.BacBrun_BacNoir.jpg (1.17 MB)
  • Bins should not be kept in the front yard between pickup days.


Regular cleaning of curbside bins is strongly recommended, especially before they are to be repaired or replaced. 

If your bin is broken, please contact the Public Works Department at 450-455-3371, option 3.

Paper bags

Accepted paper bags are sold in most grocery stores, hardware stores and big surface stores.