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.

An objective of the Quebec Residual Materials Management Policy is to recover 60% of organic matter generated, all sectors combined – residential, industrial, commercial and institutional.

About 2 kg of organic materials per residence are put in the brown bin each week. That's more than 100 kg of waste per year diverted from landfills!

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.

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To validate your sector, consult the Search by adress tool.

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

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.

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)
  • Wheeled bins cannot be left more than one metre from the facade of an occupancy unit or an accessory building. However, it is permitted to leave a wheeled bin in front of an occupancy unit if it is less than one metre from it.


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, ext. 2956.

Paper bags

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