Collections and schedules

The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion offers several collections to its citizens in order to dispose of their residual materials in a responsible manner.

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2023 Collection Schedule

Important change to collection days | Effective January 2023

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* For all residences, with some exceptions.
** Green waste collection is bi-weekly and includes the fall waste collections in October and November. 

Due to the implementation of the new collection contract, there will be a three-week delay between the last December household waste collection for Areas 3 and 5 and the first collection of the year on January 9, 2023.

Tools to help you sort

Here is a list of different tools to facilitate responsible waste management:

  • Tricycle: tool developed by the MRC of Vaudreuil-Soulanges that provides a list of possible disposal sites for different materials
  • Web page of the écocentre construction waste: for a list of construction, renovation and demolition waste collectors in the region
  • Directory of recyclers in the region for specific residues
  • If the items are still in good condition, it is possible to participate in the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion's treasure hunts, which are scheduled in May and September of each year, or to donate them or sell them on the classified ads. 
  • Reuse Directory of the Quebec Zero Waste Association
  • Ça va où ? Application: mobile application, developed by Recyc-Québec, to quickly visualize the location of the nearest drop-off points and ecocentres

Domestic waste

Household garbage collection takes place on Mondays for sectors 3 and 5, on Tuesdays for sector 4 and on Thursdays for sectors 1 and 2, for units served by wheeled bins. The frequency of garbage collection is bi-weekly for the entire residential sector.

Be sure to place your wheeled bin at the curb before 7 a.m. on the collection day or the night before. No bags left outside the wheeled bins will be collected. 

Consult the municipal calendar for exact dates.

To learn more, consult our Frequently asked questions

Refused materials

  • Hydrofluoric acid
  • Asbestos
  • Firearms and ammunition, explosives
  • Branches, stumps and logs, Christmas trees
  • Cyanide
  • Biomedical and radioactive waste
  • Signal fires and fireworks
  • Recyclable materials
  • Sharp items with no protection
  • Products containing PCBs
  • Food waste
  • Construction, renovation and demolition waste
  • Household hazardous waste (e.g. paints and solvents, pesticides, batteries, propane tanks, cleaning products, fluorescents and compact fluorescent light bulbs, etc.)
  • Bulk waste
  • Residues subject to voluntary disposal
  • Information and communication technology waste (e.g. screens, computers, printers, etc.)
  • Green and fall waste
  • Soil

Where does the trash go?

All materials dropped off for garbage collection are sent to landfill.

 

Recycling

Recycling collection takes place every Friday for sectors 1, 2, 3 and 4 and every Tuesday for sector 5 for units served by wheeled bins. Be sure to place your wheeled bin at the curb before 7:00 a.m. on the collection day or the night before. No bags left outside the wheeled bins will be collected.

Accepted materials

  • Paper and cardboard (newspapers, flyers, magazines, sheets, envelopes and paper bags, books, telephone books, cardboard rolls, unwaxed cardboard boxes, milk and juice cartons, aseptic containers)
  • Plastic (all containers, bottles and wrappers of plastic numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7, caps and lids, bags and wrappers)
  • Metal (paper, containers, aluminum bottles and cans, tin cans, caps and lids, returnable cans)
  • Glass (bottles and food containers, regardless of color)

For an item to be recyclable, you must be able to answer "yes" to these two questions:

  • Is it made of paper, cardboard, plastic, glass or metal?
  • Is it a container, packaging or printed matter?

What happens to recycled materials?

As of January 2017, all recyclable materials in the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges are sent to the Tricentris sorting centre in Lachute.

Visit the site of this non-profit organization to discover the journey taken by your recyclable materials and to find out what products they're used to make.

Food waste

Food waste collection takes place every Wednesday for sectors 1, 3, 4 and 5 and every Thursday for sectors 2, for units served by wheeled bins. Be sure to place your wheeled bin (latch removed) at the curb before 7 a.m. the day of collection or the evening before. Bags placed outside the wheeled bins are not accepted, except for green and fall waste bags (see the Green waste et fall leaves section).

*Please note that some residences are not yet serviced by food waste collection. If you have any questions, please contact the Environment Section by e-mail or at 450 455-3371, option 1. 

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

*The paper bags accepted in the collection are sold in most big box stores, grocery stores and hardware stores. However, biodegradable or compostable plastic bags sold in these same stores are not eligible for collection in Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Materials refused


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

Where does the food waste go?

All the food waste put in the brown bin are sent to a composting site.

Home composting

Citizens who want to compost at home can also do so. A subsidy is available for the purchase of a home composter or for the purchase of materials for its construction. Find out more before you start home composting to ensure the success of your project.

If you are composting at home, the following materials should not be included in your composting process to avoid health and odour hazards, and to ensure the success of your project:

  • Dead animals
  • Barbecue briquettes
  • Wood ash and treated wood
  • Animal feces, manure and slurry, septic tank sludge
  • Fats (oil, salad dressing, frying)
  • Dairy products
  • Sick plants
  • Sweeper dust
  • Meat, bones, seafood and fish

Tips

Avoid placing your backyard composter near your neighbour's yard. If there are odours, it is because there is too much green waste, too much water or the mixture is too compact. If this is the case, add a layer of dry brown waste and mix the compost. If the odours are persistent, simply cover the waste with a layer of compost or soil.

Reference documents

Green waste

The green waste collection takes place every two weeks on Wednesdays for sectors 1, 3, 4 and 5 and on Thursdays for sector 2, from May 3 to November 30, for all the units of the territory. This collection takes place at the same time as the food waste collection (one week out of two). Consult the municipal calendar for exact green waste collection dates. 

Only paper bags and loose waste (e.g., in a large plastic bin, a garbage can other than a wheeled container) will be accepted. To facilitate collection, containers must not exceed 25 kg and 1 cubic meter and must be equipped with handles on each side. Be sure to place your green or fall waste at the curb before 7 a.m. on your collection day or the night before. Green or fall waste cannot be placed at the curb more than five days prior to collection.

You can also leave your grass clippings and leaves on your lawn by practicing grass-cycling and leaf-cycling.

For more information on these practices, visit the Eco-friendly lawn and grass-cycling page.

Accepted materials

  • Conifer needles
  • Branches and roots under 1 cm in diameter
  • Bark
  • Flowers and houseplants
  • Herbs, grass, leaves, weeds
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Sawdust and wood shavings that are not treated, painted or stained
  • Small quantities of potting soil and peat
  • Vines (less than 1 cm in diameter and less than 60 cm in length)

Where does the green and fall waste go?

All green and fall waste is sent to a composting site or to farmers.

Bulky waste

Large items are picked up every 2nd Monday of the month for sectors 3 and 5, every 3rd Tuesday of the month for sector 4 and every 3rd Thursday of the month for sectors 1 and 2. They can be placed at the curb up to five days prior to collection and before 7 a.m. on the day of collection. No containers or bags shall be used for bulky waste.

Accepted materials

  • Sinks
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Bathtubs
  • Upholstered and non-upholstered furniture, bed bases and mattresses

No other materials are accepted in the bulk waste collection.

What to do with unaccepted waste?


Consult the page Ecocentre and construction waste or the directory of recyclers in the region for all other bulk waste.

If the items are still in good condition, it is also possible to participate in the Vaudreuil-Dorion's treasure hunts, which are held in May and September of each year, or to donate them or sell them on classified ads.

Branches

Each year, three branch collections are held in the spring and three in the fall. A collection was added during the summer for the coming year. The collection dates are different depending on the sector. 

Be sure to place your branches at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday morning. Branches that are larger in diameter should be placed with the end facing the street. They must not be tied in bundles and their diameter must not exceed 10 cm (4 inches). Each occupancy unit may leave a pile of branches not exceeding 1.5 m in height and 4 m in length for collection.

Branch collections for the year 2023 take place in the following weeks:

2023 Collection Schedule

Spring / Summer
Zone Collection 1
Week of
Collection 2
Week of
Collection 3
Week of
Collection 4
Week of
1 and 2 May 1 May 22 June 12 July 24
3 May 8 May 29 June 19 July 31
4 and 5

May 15

June 5 June 26 August 7

 

Fall
Zone Collection 1
Week of
Collection 2
Week of
Collection 3
Week of
1 and 2 September 4 September 25 October 16
3 September 11 October 2 October 23
4 and 5 September 18 October 9 October 30

Outside the collection dates, you may bring your branches to the municipal garage, from Monday to Friday, from 7:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. This is a free service on presentation of your citizen's card or proof of residence. Please note that this service is not available on statutory holidays.

Accepted materials

  • Branches from work done by the citizen himself and not by a contractor

Refused materials

The following materials are not accepted for collection because they can damage the blades of the knives used to shred the branches.

  • Roots
  • Soil
  • Vines
  • Branches tied in bundles

If you hire a contractor to do tree pruning or felling, the contractor is responsible for picking up the trunk and branches.

What are these branches used for?

The City uses some of the wood chips in its landscaping, but most of the branches are sent to a tree nursery that uses it as mulch for its plantations.

Cardboard

Two special cardboard collections will be carried out during the year 2023, on the same day as the recycling collection. The boxes must be placed next to the wheeled recycling bin.  The boxes must be placed next to the wheeled recycling bin.

Sectors 1, 2, 3 and 4 : 

  • January 6
  • July 7

Sector 5 : 

  • January 3
  • July 4

Accepted materials

  • Cardboard boxes disassembled and stacked together, either by inserting them into a single box or by using a string or ribbon, no larger than 1 m2 (if boxes are too large, they must be cut up)

Fir trees

From January 3 to 13, 2023 the collection of natural fir trees will take place. These must be placed at the curb before January 3. In addition to this collection, they can be brought: 

  • to the Maison-Valois park (at the indicated place)
  • at the municipal garage (205, Valois Street)

Accepted materials

  • Natural trees without decoration (e.g. balls, lights, icicles, etc.)

Tips and tricks

How to keep flies away and avoid the development of maggots?

  • Pack residues in newsprint or paper bags as much as possible.
  • Maggots are the larvae of flies. Quickly closing the lid of the bin prevents flies from entering and laying eggs.
  • Place the bin in a shady spot.
  • Freeze meat residues and place them in the bin shortly before collection.
  • If maggots are present, rinse the empty bin with boiling water to remove them.

How to keep animals at bay?

  • Spray the bin with a mixture of hot sauce (e.g. Tabasco), water and dish soap.
  • Coat the bin with a layer of decongestant (e.g. Vicks).
  • Place an owl or fox sculpture near the bin, or a light with a motion detector.

How to eliminate odors?

  • Place your bin out for collection every week, even if it is not full.
  • Pack food residues in newsprint or paper bags.
  • Line the bottom of the bin with newsprint.
  • Sprinkle food with baking soda.
  • Freeze the residues and place them in the bin shortly before collection.
  • Place the brown bin in a shady spot.
  • When the bin is empty, rinse it with a solution of water, vinegar and baking soda every now and then.

Semi-buried containers

Several addresses are served by semi-buried containers. These containers are owned by the property and are shared between specific civic addresses. Only the civic addresses assigned to a semi-underground container can use it. Their repair and maintenance is therefore the responsibility of the owners. The collection days for the semi-buried containers vary according to the address and the type of material.

According to the municipal by-law, no material or bag can be deposited outside the semi-buried containers, except for green and fall waste, branches and bulk items.

Cardboard must be folded and cut up at all times before being placed inside the semi-underground containers, except during special cardboard collections when it can be placed next to the container.

Wheeled bins

Instructions for use

  • Roll-out bins must be placed 1 meter away from any object or obstacle that would prevent access to the roll-out bin during collection (e.g. car or construction) and at least 30 cm apart, with the wheels on the side of your residence. It is forbidden to place them on the sidewalk, in the street or on a bicycle path.
  • In the case of multi-unit buildings, the bins can be placed perpendicular to the street, in the driveway if it is impossible to collect them at the curb because of snow (see image below).
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Preferred bin position
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Position of bins in winter (for multi-units)
  • It is recommended that wheeled bins be placed at either end of the parking lot when two collections are made in the same day, or that they be placed well apart to prevent the mechanical arm of the truck from knocking over the other bin during collection.
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  • No one shall leave a wheeled bin in front of an occupancy unit more than one metre (1 m) from an occupancy unit or accessory building, except when the bin is in need of repair, replacement or when it is still to be collected.
  • Wheeled bins must not interfere with snow removal or street cleaning.
  • Wheeled bins are the property of the City. Each roll-out bin has a serial number associated with an address. They should therefore not be interchanged with those of the neighbors. The owner must write their address on the roll-out bin.
  • No residue or bags of garbage shall be placed beside or on the wheeled bins and the lids shall be closed.
  • Dusty residues or those that can easily be blown away during decanting should be placed in a bag before being placed in the bins.
  • It is recommended that you unlatch your food waste bin once it is placed at the curb.
  • Failure to follow some of these instructions may result in the wheeled bin not being picked up and may result in fines under By-law 1792.

Broken or uncollected bin

Repairing or replacing a wheeled bin 

 If your bin is broken, contact the Public Works Department by e-mail or at 450 455-3371, ext. 2956. Regular cleaning of curbside bins is strongly recommended, especially before they are to be repaired or replaced.

Uncollected bin

Your bin has not been emptied? First, make sure that all the materials in it are allowed in the collection in question and that it was placed at the curb before 7 a.m. If this is the case, contact the Public Works Department by e-mail or at 450-455-3371, ext. 2956, to report the situation.

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