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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 fertilizers and a source of energy.

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.
  • Recycling gives 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.

Phased implementation of the brown bin

Phased implantation

Curbside collection schedule

Organic waste is collected every Wednesday during summer, from April 8 to October 28, 2020. During winter, it is collected every two weeks.

For now, only single-family homes, buildings with 8 dwelling units or fewer, school, and municipal buildings have access to the organic waste collection service.

Consult the 2021 waste collection calendar to find out the exact collection dates.

Not your turn yet?

Four community composters are available in local parks. You can also buy a home composter for a cost of only $25 (maximum of two composters per household). These home composters are available now at City Hall (55 Argyle Street) until stocks run out.

Voluntary organic waste disposal sites

To allow residents who are not part of the first phase of the organic waste collection to be able to take part in the service, the Ville de Saint-Lambert is pleased to provide them with five voluntary organic waste repositories.

  • In the Saint-Denis Park parking lot
  • At City Hall (55 Argyle Avenue)
  • At the recreation centre (600 Oak Avenue - on the Lespérance Street side of the building
  • At Seaway Park (430 Riverside Drive)
  • In the De Navarre Park (De Navarre Avenue)

Materials accepted and materials refused

Materials accepted

Materials refused

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

Green waste (in small quantities)

  • Grass clippings and turf
  • Yard waste and horticultural waste

  • Recyclable materials (plastic, clean paper, glass and metal)
  • Multilayer containers (e.g. Tetra Pak)
  • Metal or plastic dishes and cutlery
  • Liquids
  • Wax paper and
  • parchment paper
  • 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

Dead leaves and branches are not accepted in the brown bin because they no longer contain chlorophyll, which fuels biomethanation. You must therefore dispose of your dead leaves during green waste collections.The Ville de Saint-Lambert is offering 12 green waste collections between spring and fall.

Information tools

Consult a digital version of the tools distributed: 

Tips and tricks

Prevent odours, maggots and fruit flies

  • Wrap your food scraps in old newspaper.
  • 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.

Clean your bin

  • 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.

Keep small animals away

  • 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).


Contact Info-environnement at 450-466-3199 or