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Residual Waste

Reducing Rawdon’s waste to a minimum is a collective effort! 

The Municipality of Rawdon encourages its citizens to apply the 3RC-D principle on a daily basis: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost and lastly Discard.

Consult the interactive map to find your sector and collection day

Calendrier des collectes 2023 (fr)  

During the winter, we ask that you remove the snow and ice from your bins on collection day, so that it does not hinder the garbage collectors in their work.

Garbage Collection

After having applied the 3RC-D principle, you are left with ultimate waste, such that cannot be reused, recycled or composted.  This waste is destined for a landfill site and represents about 10% of the waste material generated at home.

To get rid of your ultimate waste, put it into the green or black bin that will be picked up during the door-to-door collection.  Please refer to the Annual Waste Pickup Calendar for the scheduled dates.

In accordance with current municipal regulations, curbside garbage boxes are not permitted throughout the territory.  In addition, in order to comply with occupational health and safety standards relating to garbage collectors, the bags inside these boxes will no longer be picked up. We strongly recommend that you obtain a garbage bin.

Why reduce my waste?

  • The price per landfilled ton is likely to increase as landfill sites become full and waste needs to be exported outside of the region. 

  • Diverting organic matter from landfill sites, would help to prolong their lifespan.

  • The government has set royalties on the disposal of residual waste ($23.07/ton in 2019).  Reducing landfill allows us to improve our performance and receive sums of government money to finance actions in waste management.

  • Avoiding landfill reduces the wasting of materials (e.g., plastic metal, paper, wood, organic matter, etc.) which can then be reused, recycled or recovered.

  • For the same quantity of waste tonnage, recovery and reuse create more jobs than landfilling.

  • Composting helps to reduce greenhouse gases, because buried organic matter produces more GHGs compared to the composting process.

Collection of Recyclables

For recycling, place your containers, packaging and printed material, cardboard, glass, plastic and metal into the blue bin, which will be picked up during the door-to-door collection. Please refer to the Annual Waste Pickup Calendar for the scheduled dates.

Where can I obtain a bin?

If you are moving into a new home, the Municipality provides you with a blue bin.  To obtain one, please call Compo Recycle at 450 882-9186, ext. 106.

Please note that the bin is assigned to the building.  If you move, the bin must remain at the house.

Collection of organic matter (compost)

The citizens of Rawdon have the choice of making their own compost at home or taking part in the municipal collection of organic matter.

Where can I obtain a bin?

If you are moving into a new home, the Municipality provides you with a brown bin.  To obtain one, please call Compo Recycle at 450 882-9186, ext. 106.

Please note that the bin is assigned to the building.  If you move, the bin must remain at the house.

Small compost bin for the kitchen

You can purchase a small compost bin at the Écocentre for $11.

Information on home composting

The composting of organic matter is a good example of recovering table or garden waste.  Through a composting process, this matter is transformed into a very fertile soil, namely compost. 

To do so, you must place your compostable waste into the brown bin, which will be picked up on the dates specified in the Annual Waste Pickup Calendar.

Purchase of compost

You can purchase compost, processed from the collected organic matter, from May until it snows.

For more information, contact the Écocentre at 450 834-5065.

Tips and tricks to reduce odors and facilitate handling

  • Wrap any food that may give off a foul odor in newspaper or a paper bag (meat, fish or seafood). You can also freeze the meat and place it into the brown bin on collection day.

  • The use of brown paper or compostable bags (svp verifier, car je pense que ce n’est plus le cas) is permitted and facilitates the handling of organic waste.  You can also place the waste directly into the bin.  Do not use biodegradable or oxo-biodegradable bags because they interfere with the composting process. 

  • To facilitate the cleaning of the small kitchen compost bin, place a few sheets of newspaper at the bottom and wash it regularly in the dishwasher.


Here, you can dispose of various materials, recyclable or not, which may or may not be placed in your bins. The Écocentre sorts these materials and then sends them to recovery or landfill, depending on their type.

Écocentre Address and Schedule

You must show proof of residency to use the Écocentre.
From December 1st to March 31st: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm;
From April 1st to November 30th: Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Free of Charge – Construction Materials

The Municipality of Rawdon allows you to bring a maximum of three (3) cubic yards of construction, renovation or demolition materials to the Écocentre, free of charge, at any time of the year!  Residential materials only.  To take advantage of this offer, you must come to the Écocentre in person and provide proof of residency.

Three (3) cubic yards is equal to:

  • A trailer measuring 5 x 8 x 2 feet, or 80 p3;

  • 2,2 m3;

  • A pickup truck box.

You can make multiple trips, up to a maximum of three (3) cubic yards.  Anything in excess of this amount is charged at the going rate ($29.75/cubic yard).

This system does away with waiting lines while being fair to everyone.  It will allow you to clean up your property and/or your ditch!

Accepted Material

Free of charge

  • Nolongerusefuls: Computers, computer and game console peripherals, screens, telephones, cellular phones, printers, scanners, photocopiers, personal or automotive audio/video systems, home theatre systems;

  • Refrigeration equipment: Refrigerators, freezers, wine coolers, water dispensers, air conditioners, heat pumps, dehumidifiers.  96% of these will be recovered!

  • Bulky items;

  • Small appliances (toasters, microwave ovens);

  • Metal car parts;

  • Rimless tires;

  • Surplus of recyclables;

  • Gardening waste;

  • Branches, under 10 cm in diameter.


  • Construction material (brick, wood, gypsum, shingles, cement, linoleum, etc.) Volumes exceeding three (3) cubic yards will be charges at the current rate;

  • Tires with rims;

  • Watercrafts;

  • Pool parts.

Compo Recycle has set up a trading system for furniture and appliances that are still in good condition (e.g., stove, refrigerator, toaster, furniture, sofa, etc.).

Bulky Items

Bulky items include all items that are used to furnish a house but that cannot be placed in one of the bins.

You can dispose of these large items by:

  • Giving them away or selling them, if they are still in good condition;

  • Bringing them directly to the Écocentre – free of charge, with proof of residency;

  • Requesting they be picked up at your home*.

Bulky items include: Furniture, appliances, air conditioners, hot water tanks, toilets, shower stalls, mattresses, BBQs, televisions, computers and their accessories, doors and windows, bicycles, carpets and rugs (cut into sections, 3 feet in length, weighing no more than 25 kg (55 lbs), garden furniture and accessories.

Not considered bulky items: Demolition material (brick, wood, gypsum, shingles, cement, linoleum, etc.), car parts, tires, large branches and tree stumps.

*Bulky items are picked up free of charge, on call only. To request the pickup of such items, please call Compo Recycle by telephone at 450 882-9186, ext. 306 no later than the Friday before the pickup, and leave a message stating your address.  Please note that no one will call you back.

You can consult the Annual Waste Pickup Calendar to find out during which week collections take place. You are asked to bring your items to the curb on Sunday evening of the appropriate week.

Hazardous Household Waste

Hazardous household waste (HHW) refers to the waste of many hazardous products that are commonly used around the house.  This residue is likely to cause damage to human health and the environment. 

HHW drop-off centre

2101 Adélaïde St. (accessible via 5th Avenue)
Tel. : 450 834-5441, ext. 7034

Your residential HHW is collected free of charge, upon proof of residency, according to the following schedule (summer):

Every Friday, from May to September and the 3rd Friday in the month of October, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm.

 List of items that can be dropped off at the centre:

  • acids, basic products

  • aerosol: paints, oils, lubricants (e.g., WD-40), cosmetic products (e.g., hairspray)

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Fluorescent bulbs and tubes

  • Antifreeze

  • Car and motorized vehicle batteries

  • Ink cartridges

  • Cement and plaster

  • Waxes

  • Glues and adhesives

  • Thinners and strippers (e.g., varsol, turpentire)

  • Degreasers

  • Bleach, ammonia

  • Gas

  • Lighter fluid, fondue fuel

  • Extinguishers

  • Chemical fertilizers

  • Fireworks and flares

  • Tar, grease

  • Heating oil

  • Motor oil, oil filters, oil contaminated containers

  • Vegetable oil

  • Make-up, hair bleach, hair color

  • Medications, hydrogen peroxide

  • Oven cleaners, pipe clog removers

  • Paints and primers, paint cans

  • Pesticides (herbicides, fungicides, insecticides)

  • Wood preservatives

  • Rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries

  • Epoxy products

  • Pool maintenance products (e.g., chlorine)

  • Automotive cleaning products

  • Solvents, window cleaners

  • Sealants, silicone

  • Stains

  • Mercury thermometers

  • Varnishes

  • Nail polish

Alternate collection centres

In addition to the drop-off centre in Rawdon, there are several retailers and organizations that will accept your HHW.

Recycle My Electronics

Special collections (green waste, branches, Christmas trees)

Surplus of green waste

In spring and fall, there are special green waste collections.  Please refer to the Annual Waste Pickup Calendar for the dates. On the Monday morning of the scheduled week, place your orange or transparent bags containing your green waste at the curb.

Branches and Christmas Trees

There are two possibilities for the disposal of your branches and Christmas trees:

  • Small branches (< 1 cm in diameter): place them in the brown bin;

  • Medium branches (< 3 cm in diameter and < 1 meter in length): tie them in a bundle that can be carried by one person and place them next to the brown bin. They will be picked up during the collection of organic matter.

  • Écocentre: branches are accepted, free of charge, up to 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter, regardless of the length. There is a fee for branches that are larger than 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter, logs and stumps.