Organic waste


Composting and recycling guide


Regular Schedule

The pick-up of organic waste (compost) will take place once a week, on Wednesday, starting at 7:00 a.m.


Schedule - Rue Frédéric-Back Sector (Terra Project)

The collection takes place once weekly THURSDAY.

The Terra residential project (rue Frédéric-Back) is equipped with semi-buried containers (Moloks) for the collection of residues. For this reason, the collection schedule for this project differs from the collection schedule for the other sectors of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.


 Roll out your brown bin to the curb after 7 p.m.* the evening before collection day or before 7 am the day of.  The wheels need to be turned towards your house, just as for the recycling bin. The lid should be closed completely.

*9 p.m. for residents on rue Sainte-Anne, between rue de l'Église et Montée Sainte-Marie.

The following residues are accepted in the organic waste collection:

  • Food residues (raw, cooked, spoiled, including shells, bones and bones):
    • Fruits and vegetables
    • Meats, poultry, fish and seafood
    • Dairy products
    • Grain products (bread, cake, pasta, rice, etc.)
    • Eggs
    • Nuts and hulls
    • Coffee beans, coffee grounds and filters
    • Tea bags
  • Soiled paper and cardboard (tissues, paper towels, pizza boxes or other greasy food containers, napkins, paper bags, paper muffin cups, etc.)
  • Dust
  • Residues with oils, sauces and dressings
  • Untreated wood ash (extinguished)
  • Toothpick
  • Pet food
  • Hairs and feathers
  • Weeds and gardening waste
  • Dead leaves
  • Wood shavings and twigs
  • Sawdust and straw
  • Grass clippings

Under no circumstances will plastic bags be accepted in the organic waste collection. This includes biodegradable and compostable bags as well as those made of cornstarch. They cause odours and fly away in the outdoor composting platform. 

Extra garden waste, such as autumn leaves, can be placed in paper bags, cardboard boxes or empty garbage cans next to your brown bin. They will be collected at the same time as organic waste removal.

In department stores, grocery stores such as Marché Richelieu, etc. Old newspapers also works really well!

To order online, you can visit Cascades' website.  40 bags for $18,99 + tax ($0,475/bag). You may also want to visit also the Bag to Earth website.

For the DIYers, it is possible to make your own bags with newspapers, consult our explainatory document.

Yes, but only to increase the volume! Contact us and we will evaluate your situation.

Although the City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue collects both green and food waste, it also promotes grass recycling (leaving grass clippings on the ground to take advantage of their benefits) and home composting (composters can be purchased at City Hall for $30).

For more information: 514-457-5500


If you already have a compost bin

You do not need to have this organic waste collected since you can benefit from your own home composting. Keep doing it!

However, you should know that you can add many things to the brown bin which are not recommended for your home compost.

Kitchen waste

  • Food residue, uncooked, cooked or rotten (fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and seafood, cheese, eggs and eggshells, bones, etc.)
  • Cereal products (bread, cake, pasta, etc.)
  • Coffee grains and tea leaves and bags
  • Tissues, paper towels, napkins, soiled paper and cardboard
  • Milk products
  • Dust, hair, feathers
  • Animal food
  • Non-plasticized food packaging (e.g. pizza boxes, paper molds, french fries and drinks cardboards, etc.)

Green waste

  • Dead leaves, twigs, conifer needles
  • Garden waste (flowers, fruits, plants and weeds)
  • Bark, wood shavings, sawdust, thatch, mulch
  • Debris from cleaning, weeding and stubble of earth, vegetable garden and fruit trees
  • Twigs and small branches from shrubs or hedges (diameter less than 5 cm, length less than 1 m)
  • Coniferous branches* in bundles not exceeding 1 metre in length and 5 cm in diameter

* The emerald ash borer having been detected on the island of Montreal in the summer 2012, hardwood tree branches, regardless of their size and length, will not be picked up during organic and green waste collections.

  • Recyclable materials (glass, metal, plastic, unsoiled cardboard and paper)
  • Non-biodegradable materials (plasticized packaging, plastic film, polystyrene, ceramic, porcelain, crystal, styrofoam, etc.)
  • Materials subject to other types of collection (paints and household hazardous waste, construction, renovation and demolition materials, wood, hardwood branches, Christmas trees, etc.)
  • Grease and mineral oils
  • Dead animals
  • Excrement of any kind
  • Liquids in large quantities
  • Textiles
  • Wax paper
  • Diapers and sanitary products, sanitary napkins, tampons, swabs and floss
  • Soiled pet litter
  • Ice cream containers
  • Dryer lint
  • Grass peat rolls
  • Mollusc shells
  • Earth, stones, or any other material that does cannot decompose

Solutions to the Most Frequent Problems

Use paper bags or line the bottom of your brown and kitchen bins with newspaper;

• Rinse the bin with water and a mild detergent or vinegar after each use;

• Sprinkle a bit of baking soda in the brown and kitchen bins;

• Add a layer of green waste on top of food waste;

• Store your bin in the shade, away from the sun;

• Put your bin out for every collection, even if it contains only a small amount of waste;

• Keep the cover of the kitchen bin and of the wheeled brown bin tightly closed at all times.

• Wrap your meat, chicken and fish leftovers in newspaper or in a paper bag before putting them in the bin; 

• Close the bag tightly after each use; 

• Sprinkle some salt in the bin or spray with vinegar, if needed.

• In the winter, to prevent the waste from sticking, line the bottom of your brown bin with newspaper or a piece of cardboard; 

• Avoid putting liquids in the wheeled bin.

You can put paper bags filled with leaves next to your brown bin and everything will be picked up during the free organic waste collection. You can also put the leaves in non-waxed cardboard boxes or in empty garbage cans.

Piles of leaves on private properties will not be picked up. Raking or leaving leaves onto the street is strictly forbidden and subject to a fine. They can block sewers and are a danger for traffic.

No. Once the Holidays are over, the City holds special collections to pick up Christmas trees placed by the side of the road (and not in the street). In order for a tree to be picked up, please make sure that all lights, ornaments and nails have been taken off. Please consult the City's announcements during this period for full details. The trees that we pick up will be shredded and used for horticultural purposes.