Recyclable materials

Your recyclable materials that the Town collects are sent to the Tricentris sorting centre.


What is the connection between recycling and the 4Rs?

Recycling makes it possible to transform recovered materials into new products. It is part of the 4R principle, in this order: reduction at source, reuse, recycling, recovery (energy recovery and composting). Four ways to reduce the waste from our resources. The first R, reduction at source, is the most important. Why? The waste that pollutes the least is the one that is not produced.

Why is it important to sort properly?

Unacceptable materials placed in the blue bin can contaminate the other materials, increase processing costs at the sorting centre and jeopardize the second life of these materials.

To learn more about sorting and Tricentris

Checklist on how to recover materials:

Video on the sorting steps:

Frequently asked questions:

What happens to the materials that you place in your blue bin?

The possibilities for materials that are placed in your blue bin are sometimes amazing. Did you know that the newspapers that you dispose of in your blue bin are used to make animal litter and that glass is used in making concrete blocks?

To find out more

What materials should I put
in my blue bin?

Here’s the rule of thumb: Sort well right from the start. In this bin, place containers, packaging and printed materialsrelated to one or the other of the following 5 categories of materials: paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and glass.

Paper and cardboard

  • Newspapers, circulars, magazines
  • Sheets of paper, envelopes and bags
  • Books, telephone directories
  • Cardboard
  • Cardboard rolls
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Egg boxes
  • Pizza boxes (not soiled)
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Aseptic containers (Tetra Pak type)


  • Plastic containers, bottles and packaging identified by a triangle with numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7. Dispose of plastics #6 in the garbage as well as those without a recycling symbol.
  • Stoppers and lids
  • Bags and plastic wrap


Tip for plastic bags

  • Make a bag of bags (including wrappers) and close it with a knot to make sorting easier.

Metal and glass


  • Aluminum foil and aluminum containers
  • Aluminum bottles and cans
  • Tin cans
  • Stoppers and lids
  • Returnable cans
  • Hangers (group them into packages)



  • Food bottles and containers, regardless of colour

Please note: Not all plastic bags are recyclable.

How to know? If the plastic stretches, the bag goes into the blue bin (for example, grocery bags and sliced bread bags). However, if the plastic is stiffer and doesn’t stretch, dispose of the bag in the garbage (for example, rice bags or cereal bags).

Town Collections Calendar

For all waste collections, consult the Town’ s monthly calendar:

Important note:

Your recycling bin belongs to the City and must therefore remain on site when you move. However, maintenance of the bin is the responsibility of the owner of the dwelling.


Recycling section

The Town of Rosemère is pleased to announce that, in keeping with its commitment to helping reduce waste at the source, polystyrene foam (bearing the #6 recycling symbol) is now being accepted for recycling at the Ecocentre.

Polystyrene foam takes up a lot of room in our garbage bins and landfill sites. Our Ecocentre is now equipped to accept these ‘ugly ducklings’ of the recycling world.

Residents are therefore encouraged to drop off these materials, which will be given a second life in building various kinds of street furniture and other applications.

This new practice applies to only the types of polystyrene foam listed below.

All products must be clean and sorted as indicated on the designated bins at the Ecocentre.

Which polystyrene foam products are now being accepted for recycling?

Food containers

Coffee cups, disposable plates and bowls, meat/fish/poultry trays, egg cartons, etc. (free of food debris).

Protective packaging materials

Box inserts for electronic devices and household appliances, winter plant covers, seedling trays, etc.

Insulation boards

Pink, blue and green insulation boards.


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