Residual materials

Waste sorting is very important. You can contribute to it by taking concrete actions: reducing waste at source, reusing, recycling and recovering materials in order to reduce the amount of garbage. Your collaboration makes a difference.

Consult the 2021 collection calendar

What should you do if you suspect that the collection truck has not passed your address?

  1. Confirm the date and type of collection on your calendar, i.e. waste, recycling or bulky items;
  2. Check to see if the collection truck has passed on your side of the street;
  3. Judge whether you have complied with the following rules:

    a. Were there any rejected materials in your waste?
    b. Was your bin placed at the road in time?
    c. Does your bin meet the regulatory dimensions?

Garbage bin

Description: Roller with handles
Volume: 240 litres or 360 litres
Colors: Green, black or gray

Recycling bin

Description: Roller with handles
Volume: 360 litres
Color: Blue

4. If you believe you have complied with all these rules, please contact Mrs. Chrystine Slight at 450-438-2958, Ext. 2600 or by email at to have the situation corrected.

Collection of bulky objects

A collection service of bulky items is offered once a month as indicated on the collection calendar. Please note that a bulky item is an item that is too large to fit in a garbage can. It is important that bulky materials meet certain criteria:

  • The materials must be handled by a maximum of two (2) people;
  • Sharp or dangerous materials must be secured;
  • Whenever possible, objects must be tied in bundles to avoid scattering and to facilitate pick-up;
  • Washers and dryers machine are accepted.

In addition, it is important to pay special attention to certain bulky objects:

  • Large accessories (e.g. swing, children’s slide, picnic table, etc.) must be dismantled;
  • Only mattresses with a maximum dimension of 1.82 m (6 feet) are accepted;
  • Christmas trees should be composted instead. However, if this method is impossible for you, it will be picked up when bulky items are collected;
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning appliances cannot be left on the road because of the freon they contain and must be deposited at the Good Neighbours Ecocentre;
  • Dead leaves are not picked up during garbage and bulky items collections. However, the Municipality of Mille-Isles offers an alternative to help you dispose of your dead leaves. We invite you to browse through the dead leaves section of the Municipality’s website;
  • The collection of bulky items does not allow for the reuse of objects such as furniture. If the bulky objects you wish to dispose of are still usable, they must be sent to the Good Neighbours Ecocentre.


What goes in the blue bin:

  • cardboard;
  • paper;
  • plastic identified by the Mobius triangle numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7;
  • glass;
  • metal.

If you have any doubts about what and how to recycle, we invite you to consult the How to recycle well? fact sheet (french only) from the Synergie Économique Laurentides organization or the zero waste checklist produced by the MRC d’Argenteuil for the 3-2-1-0 “strength in numbers” campaign or visit the Tricentris sorting center’s website (french only).

In addition, here are some good practices to use for good recycling:

  • Containers do not need to be rinsed thoroughly before recycling, as this wastes water. A light rinse that limits odours is sufficient;
  • When in doubt, throw them away. Did you know that undesirable material can cause breakage and even stop the sorting line;
  • Separate the caps from the containers;
  • Do not use soft bar, waxed paper, plastic or parchment wrapping;
  • Take-out coffee cups are accepted, but not lids (usually they have the Möbius triangle number 6).

Where to get a recycling bin:

You can purchase garbage and recycling bins at any retailer or at the Municipality by contacting Chrystine Slight at or at 450-438-2958, Ext. 2600.

Garbage and recycling containers have been standardized throughout the Municipality of Mille-Isles since January 1, 2018. Your receptacle must match the following description or they will not be picked up:

Recycling bin
Description: rolling with handles
Volume: 360 litres
Color: BLUE

Garbage bin
Description: rolling with handles
Volume: 240 litres or 360 litres

Home composting (home compost bins)

The Municipality of Mille-Isles encourages home composting in order to reduce landfilling and revalorize organic materials. Adopting the domestic composting bin is taking a concrete action to return your organic materials to the earth. In addition, making your own compost is a simple and ecological method that can be summed up in a few steps.

1. Choose the composter:

There is no composter that is ideal for everyone, but the Municipality of Mille-Isles distributes a free domestic composter to each property, which we believe is the most suitable in terms of quality-price ratio. In order to register on the waiting list for the next distribution, we invite you to contact Mrs. Nathalie Bouchard, environmental inspector, by e-mail at

2. Recognize compostable materials:

To make good compost, it is not enough to just put any organic material in a container. Compostable products are organic residues destined for the garbage that are divided into two main categories: green materials (rich in nitrogen) and brown materials (rich in carbon). The correct ratio is 1/3 green and wet materials and 2/3 brown and dry materials.

Green and wet materials ACCEPTED for home composting:

        • Fruits and vegetables;
        • Pasta and rice (without fat or sauce);
        • Coffee grounds, tea bags;
        • Crushed eggshells.

Brown and dry materials ACCEPTED for home composting:

        • Dried plants;
        • Dead leaves;
        • Straw.

Food waste REFUSED for home composting:

        • Meat and bones;
        • Fish and shellfish leftovers;
        • Nuts and seeds;
        • Dairy products.

If you have any doubts about the composting method or the materials to be composted, we invite you to consult the explanatory document on home composting (french only), the zero waste checklist produced by the MRC d’Argenteuil for the 3-2-1-0 “strength in numbers” campaign or visit the site

Community composting (community container for voluntary contribution)

The Municipality of Mille-Isles has community composting containers for voluntary contribution on its territory in which you can dispose of organic materials that you cannot put in your home composter.

These containers are located:

      • at the Town Hall;
      • at the intersection of Tamaracouta Road and Black Road;
      • at the intersection of Mille-Isles Road and Côte Saint-Joseph;
      • at the intersection of Lac Hughes Road and Route 329;
      • at the intersection of Tamaracouta Road and Côte Saint-Gabriel;
      • at the entrance of Scraire Road.

Here are three (3) simple rules about what is accepted in the community containers:

      • Can it be eaten or is it part of something that is eaten?
      • Is it a garden residue?
      • Is it soiled paper or cardboard?

If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, the material can be placed in the brown bin. Still not sure what you can put in the community composting containers? Download the informative poster.

Good Neighbours Ecocentre

All citizens of the Municipality of the Township of Gore, the Municipality of Mille-Isles and the Municipality of the Township of Wentworth can benefit from the services of the Good Neighbours Ecocentre. They can thus contribute to the responsible management of residual materials and the protection of the environment.

Address: 40 Sideline Road, Gore, Quebec, J0V 1K0

Telephone: 450-562-2025

Hours of operation:      

  • From Patriots’ Day to Thanksgiving: Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday from 9 am to 5 pm;
  • From Thanksgiving to Patriots’ Day: Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m;
  • The Ecocenter is open on the following holidays:
    • National Patriots’ Day;
    • Labor Day;
    • Thanksgiving ;
  • The Ecocenter is closed on the following holidays:
    • New Year’s Day;
    • Good Friday;
    • Quebec’s national holiday;
    • Christmas Day.

Materials accepted at the Ecocentre: See the back of the 2021 collection calendar or consult this explanatory document.

Where's it going?

The Recyc-Québec (french only) website will help you become a recycling pro by telling you what to put in the recycling bin and the compost bin, or the location of a drop-off point or the nearest ecocentre.

Free and easy to use, you will find useful information to help you sort your materials.


Since January 2019, the municipality has become a repository site for ReCork, a Canadian company that reuses corks. In addition to being a cork stopper site, we also collect non-functional crayons, discharged batteries, unused cell phones and single-use masks. These actions demonstrate our true commitment to achieving the waste reduction objectives of the Waste Management Plan for the MRC d’Argenteuil.