A community measure that makes a difference

In September 2016, the Town of Rosemère introduced organic waste pick-ups in all residential, commercial and institutional sectors. This initiative seeks to significantly reduce the quantity of domestic waste sent to landfill sites, allowing the recovery of organic waste as compost. It will also make it possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, in the process, help meet Québec objectives in the fight against climate change.


2,300 metric tons: our annual goal!


For proper and effective use of your brown bin!

Keep your kitchen mini-bin close at hand for holding your food waste. Close the brown bin’s lid and latch after emptying the contents of your kitchen mini-bin into it.

Wrap food residue in newsprint, then put it in the mini-bin to prevent odours.

Place your brown bin, wheels house-side, by the side of the street. Put it out after 6 p.m. on the eve of pick-up day or before 7 a.m. on pick-up day. Have your brown bin emptied every week, even if it’s not full.

Consult the reference guide



  • Have your brown bin emptied weekly, even if it’s not full, by putting it out by the side of the street.
  • Wrap your moist food scraps, meat or fish residue in a paper bag or newsprint.
  • Line your brown bin with a paper bag designed for this purpose or put newsprint on the bottom.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your brown bin and over your food waste.
  • Layer food waste with green waste.
  • Freeze your residue and put it in your bin shortly before pick-up.
  • Place your bin in the shade.
  • When your bin is empty, rinse it from time to time, using water and vinegar or baking soda.


  • The key to avoiding, as much as possible, the presence of grubs is to wrap waste in newsprint or paper bags.
  •  Layering food waste with green waste is recommended.
  •  Quickly closing the lid is also advised, to keep flies out. This will keep grubs from forming.
  • If you do have grubs, rinsing your bin with boiling water will eliminate them.
  • Sprinkle hot water or white vinegar on the grubs.
  • During heat waves, place your bin in the shade.
  • You can place corks around the kitchen mini-bin; fruit flies don’t like their smell.
  • Finally, you can freeze your waste and put it in your bin shortly before pick-up. This will delay the decomposition process and avoid the presence of grubs.


  • Spray the bin with a mixture of hot sauce (ex: Tobasco), water and a few drop of dishwashing detergent. Rodents don’t like spicy things.
  • Coat the bin with Vaseline or Vick decongestant.
  • Place a statue of an owl or fox near the bin; they are the rodents’ predators.
  • Focus a light with a motion detector on the bin.


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Do you know what to do with your green waste?

You can dispose of green waste in large paper bags, or use an additional, reuseable container (it must not be blue or black). You must identify the reusable container with the sticker provided by the Town. If you have more than one container, you can contact the Technical Services and Public Works Department for additional stickers. The contents will be picked up weekly, at the same time as your brown bin.