Residual material

It pays to reduce !


The Municipality has taken a big turn in reducing waste disposal in mid 2013 and has since greatly improved its performance in waste management.

The government encourages improved performance by distributing grants based on the reduction of landfill.

The grant awarded to our municipality in 2017 (according to our performance in 2016) is $11,82/resident while the Quebec average is $8,89/resident.

Here is the evolution of the subsidy received by our Municipality which demonstrates the impact of the efforts to reduce landfill in recent years:

graphique subvention zéro déchet
graphique subvention zéro déchet

Municipal residual material pick-ups

Drop-off for residual material

You have missed a pick-up ?

Drop-off for residual material at the municipal garage (5, West Hill Road), is open every Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm to receive materials usually picked up door-to-door.

Accepted: only recyclable materials (blue bin), organics (brown bin) and final waste (bag with official orange tie).

Organic material

In addition to the material usually disposed of in a domestic composter, the third-way pick-up allows to compost meat, fish, dairy products, fats such as oils and even paper napkins, cardboard soiled by food (pizza boxes or plates) as well as compostable tableware !
Organic Material is picked up every two weeks during summer and every four weeks during winter in a brown bin.
Please see the Checklist to know which materials are accepted in the brown bin


Kitchen countertop bin: Line the bottom of your kitchen countertop bin with newspaper

Brown bin: Organic materials may be deposited in the brown bin in bulk or in paper bags. To facilitate the use, you can:

  • Place cardboard or newspaper at the bottom of bin to facilitate the emptying process
  • Add in layers, by alternating between newspaper sheets and wet organic matter
  • Package material in newspaper or paper bags before placing them into bin
  • To reduce potential odours, place bin in shaded area, if possible

If necessary, secure the lid with a bungee cord.

Attention! Compostable starch bags (looking like plastic) will no longer be accepted as of March 31, 2019.

The use of regular plastic bags or oxobiodegradable plastic bags is not permitted. 

Recyclable Materials

  • Plastic, paper/cardboard, glass and metal are picked up every two weeks in 360 litres blue bins
  • To know which materials are accepted, see the Checklist
  • All recyclable materials must be placed loosely in the bin (not in clear or other plastic bags)
    Cardboard must be folded or cut if bulky
  • Large containers must be crushed to save space
  • Plastic shopping bags and other flexible plastic materials are collected in a separate clear plastic bag and tied before adding to bin
  • All plastic, glass or metal containers must be emptied and cleaned before being placed in the bin
  • Paper and cardboard must be clean and free of any organic or other material
  • Glass container lids should be removed and metal can lids must be folded inward. Plastic caps may be left on plastic bottle
  • Don’t leave flyers and newspapers in plastic or « Publi-Sac » bags
  • Shredded paper must be packaged in clear plastic bags tied which is then placed in the bin
  • Wrapping papers or other types of paper should not be crumpled but rather placed in the bin in a form that uses the least amount of space.

Residual Waste

Residual Waste is the waste that is not recyclable nor compostable !

To know which materials are residual waste, see the Checklist.

Residual waste is placed in plastic bags and each plastic bag is securely tied using the “ Official Municipal Tie ”.
Bags may not be larger than 81 cm x 122 cm (30 inches x 48 inches).

Annually, the “Official Ties” are distributed to each household free of charge (average of 2 ties per pickup cycle). If necessary, additional official municipal ties may be purchased from the municipality or selected local stores at a cost of 3$ per unit or 10$ for 5 units.

It is strongly recommended to store filled waste bags in a sealed container to prevent any access from animals. The container or box may be made from wood or consist of a plastic bin, or any other container that can easily be opened by the waste collector. It is not mandatory to use a container for waste plastic bags; they may be put on roadside as is.

Bulky items

The annual pick-up of bulky items is replaced by a new home pick-up service by appointment. We now have an agreement with la Ressourcerie des Frontières, an organization that collects bulky items to provide them with a second home or recycle them up to 90%. You can dispose of your bulky items or small items throughout the year as follows (you do not need stay home on the day of pick-up):

Contact the Ressourcerie at 819-804-1018, Toll-free: 1-855-804-1018 or info@ressourceriedesfrontieres.com

  • List the items to be picked up as accurately as you can (to estimate the amount of truck space required) and provide your address and contact information.
  • Allow approximately three weeks for pick-up (to optimize transport efficiency). The Ressourcerie will contact you 24 to 48 hours before pick-up to confirm the date.
  • Prepare the items to be picked up: Gather small objects into boxes. If possible, wait until the day of the pick-up to place your items outdoors. Place items outdoors, in an area sheltered from the weather or under a tarp and ensure that the truck can access them easily (not on the side of the road).

This service is offered on routes normally serviced by the door-to-door pick-up. For other roads, the Ressourcerie will evaluate each case to decide whether they are able to reach the site.
See the list of materials accepted and refused by this new service and those accepted by the Ecocenter.

Please continue to support the Reilly House and the Flea market of the Club des retraités in the basement of Saint‑Cajetan Church, which accept items in good condition such as furniture, toys, clothing, etc.




Wheeled bins

Roadside Placement and Return of Bins on Pickup Day

  • Place bins on the side of the road no earlier than 6:00 PM the night before and no later than 6:00 AM the morning of the pickup; the Township is not responsible for residual material not picked up because it was late at the curb;
  • Bins must be removed from the roadside no later than twelve (12) hours after the pickup; not doing so constitute an infraction to bylaw 2012-418;
  • For pick-up, leave a distance of at least 3 feet between the bins and any other object;
  • Place bins as close as possible but no further than 2,5 meters from roadside;
  • The front of the bins must face the road/wheels towards your property (see picture below);
  • When snow is in the forecast, if possible, place bin at the curb side only in the morning of the pickup day; this will facilitate the pickup operation (avoiding the bin being in snow bank);
  • Never leave bins behind a snow bank; bins must be easily accessible.

Bin Shelters

Shelters for bins may consist of a hedge and/or structures made from wood or other materials. For shelters (excluding hedges), the following guidelines apply:

  • No building or other permit is required for the construction or installation;
  • The materials used should be similar to the materials used for the residence;
  • Only one shelter per property is permitted;
  • Shelters are strictly to be used for bins;
  • Shelters must be placed no closer than 1.5 meters to the side (lateral) or back property line;
  • Shelters may be installed on the front yard only if the property is located outside the urban area; in this instance shelters may be installed up to the frontline;
  • Shelters must be located outside the municipal right of way, and in no way should they hinder road maintenance and snow removal;
  • Shelters must be kept clean and well maintained.

The residual material pickup contractor is not required to take the bins from the shelter and/or place them back; this is the responsibility of the residents.

In order to plan the size of the shelter, here are the sizes of the wheeled bins :
240 litres brown bin (for most residences) : Width of 26,70 inches/67,81 cm and height of 40,50 inches/102,87 cm
360 litres brown bin (for business or shared bins by townhouses, condos, and common spaces) and blue bin : Width of 28,70 inches/72,89 cm and height of 45,13 inches/114,63 cm


The ecocentre is designed to receive the waste that you can not put out for the door-to-door pick-up

Location: 5, chemin West Hill
Schedule 2018: Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from May 5th to October 27th, except on August 11th.

The following materials are accepted:

  • Construction, renovation and demolition materials (CRD)
  • Bulky items
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Car batteries
  • Tires
  • Clothes and shoes
  • Electronic material
  • Propane tanks
  • Polystyrene expanded only
  • Organic material, recyclable material and waste

The ecocenter is not a free service. A part of the operation costs are reflected in your annual tax rate for garbage and recycling. However, for the sake of application of the “user-payer”, certain materials (ex. construction materials and bulky items) are charged at the ecocenter on a quantity basis.

For questions about the ecocenter, you may call 450-292-3313. The person in charge of the ecocenter is Mrs. Alexandra Leclerc.

Branch drop-offs

Branch are not accepted at the Ecocentre, but 4 drop-offs for branch will take place in 2018 at the former landfill on Bellevue Road (take Traitement-des-Eaux Road) on Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 4 pm:

  • May 26th
  • July 7th
  • September 8th
  • October 13th
Home composting

Purchase of domestic composters

The MRC Memphrémagog finances the purchase of domestic composters.
For more information, visit this link. (In French only)

Do you need help with composting ?

The Municipality of Potton has trained a dozen local residents as “Master Composters” who are available to assist you.

If you need help to start composting or to improve your current composting techniques please contact the Town Hall. They will pass the message to one of our volunteers who will assist you.

Call 450 292 3313 extension 229
Or email leclerc.a@potton.ca
A detailed composting brochure is available at the Town Hall.

There are also new books on composting available at the library in both English and French.

In English :

The Complete Compost Gardening Guide. Barbara Pleasant & Deborah Martin
Let it Rot!: The Gardener’s Guide to Composting. Stu Campbell
Worms Eat My Garbage. Mary Appelhof

Flyer on home composting :

Presentation on home composting:

How to build a composter (french):

Useful links:

Cloth diaper

The Municpality offers a subsidy for the purchase of cloth diapers

Criteria for Participation:

  • Purchase a set of at least 20 cloth diapers (the application must be submitted to the Municipality no later than 90 days following the date of purchase)
  • Complete the Reimbursement Application Form
  • Attach the original purchase invoice, a copy of a proof of residence, and a copy of a proof of birth
  • Report to the Town Hall to submit the documents
Compostable dishes

You can order compostable dishes at the Town Hall.  You have to:

  • Fill out the Excel form and send it via email to info@potton.ca. It is important to indicate the date you will need the order to be ready,
  • Wait until you receive an email confirmation before picking up dishes at the Town Hall,
  • The dishes may be payed via debit, cash or check to : Municipality of Township of Potton.

Order Form for Compostable Dishes

Zero waste events

The Municipality has a Zero Waste Events Policy

This Guide to Zero Waste will help you plan your Zero waste event

Polystyrene Recovery

A partnership between the Municipality and Nexkemia allows the recovery of white and clean expanded polystyrene (styrofoam used for packaging of electronic and household appliances, coffee cups, coolers, etc.), a plastic that is not accepted in the blue bin.

Other types of polystyrene such as extruded foams (ex. food trays) as well as rigid # 6 plastics (ex. yoghurt pots) are not accepted and have to be put with garbage.

You may bring expanded polystyrene at 5, West Hill road on Saturdays from May to October from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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