Organic waste

Organic waste is collected every Wednesday during summer, from April 6 to October 26, 2022. During winter, it is collected every two weeks.

For buildings with 9 or more dwellings units, organic waste is collected once a week year-round.

Consult the collection dates

The bins must be placed at the curb between 7 p.m. the day before and 6:30 a.m. the morning of collection. They must be removed the day after collection.

You must place your bin on your property near the sidewalk. The lid must be tightly closed. No material should protrude out of the bin or be placed beside it. You must leave a clearance of 1 m (3 ft) around the bin.

In order to allow for mechanized collection, only the wheeled bins provided for this purpose are accepted.

Use your bins properly

What is going in the bin?

Raw or cooked food scraps without packaging

  • Fruits and vegetables (pits and peelings)
  • Coffee and tea (beans, coffee grounds, filters and tea bags)
  • Meats, poultry, fish and seafood (bones and soft shells)
  • Grains, bread, pasta and rice
  • Solid dairy products
  • Eggs and shells
  • Nuts
  • Other: pet food, flour, sugar, and table leftovers

Soiled paper and cardboard

  • Paper towelling, facial tissues and table napkins
  • Newspapers
  • Soiled food boxes (e.g. pizza boxes)
  • Soiled cardboard dishes
  • Paper bags with or without cellulose coating
  • Wax paper
  • Recyclable materials (plastic, clean paper, glass and metal)
  • Multilayer containers (e.g. Tetra Pak)
  • Metal or plastic dishes and cutlery
  • Liquids
  • Polystyrene
  • Paper towelling that has been moistened with a cleaning product
  • Sanitary products and diapers
  • Construction, renovation and demolition debris
  • Hazardous household waste (HHW)
  • Medications and biomedical waste
  • Cosmetic products
  • Pet litter
  • Dead animals
  • Branches
  • Leaves
  • Regular, oxobiodegradable and compostable plastic bags

To obtain a recycling bin

If you regularly have too much organic waste, it is possible to purchase an additional brown bin. You can contact the Environment Management Division at 450 672-4444 or for details.

Why introduce organic waste collection?

The Ville de Saint-Lambert is proud to begin as of next spring its implementation of organic waste collection in our community. It represents a first step toward achieving the Quebec government goal of banning the burial of organic material by the year 2020.

In fact, far too much residual material still goes to landfills every year in Quebec, constituting a major source of pollution. The recovery of organic matter through biomethanation will help create a source of energy and fertilizers.

By the end of the first year of its organic waste collection service, Saint-Lambert estimates that it will have prevented around 500 tons of organic matter from going to landfills, representing 45% of the current contents of garbage cans.

The importance of proper sorting:

  • Proper sorting and waste reduction at the source limits the amount of garbage sent to landfills and its harmful effects on the environment.
  • Recovering and recycling give a second life to many materials.
  • Approximately 45% of your household waste can go into your brown bin.
  • If you sort properly, there’ll be almost nothing to put in your household garbage container.

Tips and tricks

  • Wrap your food scraps in old newspaper, paper bags or cardboard.
  • Freeze smelly leftovers (meat, fish, etc.) until collection day
  • Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your bin.
  • Place your bin in the shade, and put it out for collection every week even if it’s not full.

  • Rinse your bin out with water and detergent, or with vinegar.
  • Line the bottom of your bin with a few sheets of newspaper or cardboard to prevent the organic waste from freezing or sticking to it.

Rub a little cough ointment (such as Vicks®VapoRub™) on the top edges of your bin to keep small animals away.


To help you learn more about organic waste collection and find the answers to your questions, the Ville de Saint-Lambert has prepared a series of frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs).

You can also contact Info-environnement at 450-672-4444 or

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