Sanitation Services

The Municipality manages household waste in accordance with the 4R’s principle of waste minimisation:

  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Recycle
  • Recover

To this end, the Municipality offers a wide range of services to ensure that citizens dispose of their household waste in the most ecological manner:

Organic waste collection

Schedule

Organic waste is collected:

  • every two weeks on Monday: in May, June, July, August, September and October
  • every four weeks on Monday: in January, February, March, April, November and December

The collections take place between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Organic waste collection dates are indicated by a leaf ( ) icon in the calendar of the English Home page.

Preparing your waste for pickup

Set out your bin by 6 a.m. on collection day, but no earlier than 5 p.m. the evening before.

Place the bin by the road but not in it, as shown in the adjacent diagram. The bin must be placed in such a way as to enable the mechanical arm of the sanitation truck to lift it for emptying.

Remove the empty bin from the roadside within 12 hours of the collection.

Because the collection is fully mechanised, any waste placed next to the bin (such as paper bags containing leaves) will not be collected.

Container

The 240-litre brown rolling bin is provided by the Municipality.

The bin belongs to the Municipality of Austin; when the property is sold, it must remain with the house.

Getting a brown bin

New house: The Municipality provides one bin per residence for the collection of organic waste, free of charge. Please complete the online Bin Request form; the bin will be delivered to your home in the following week.

Stolen bin: The Municipality replaces a stolen bin upon presentation of a police report.

Damaged bin

Report all damages (wheels, cover or grid) to the Municipality by completing the Bin Request form. An employee will come by to repair it on the next collection day, after the bin has been emptied. Please note that only bins provided by the Municipality are repaired.

The property owner is responsible for the cost of repairing or replacing a bin belonging to the Municipality, unless the damages have been caused by mishandling by the sanitation crew.

What goes in the brown bin

The following types of waste are accepted in the organic waste collection:

  • table scraps
  • lawn and garden waste
  • paper soiled with food : tablecloths and napkins, paper towels, paper plates, pizza boxes
  • cold ashes (in small quantities)
  • feathers, hair, nail trimmings

Organic waste can be deposited pell-mell in the bin, or gathered into paper bags or bags certified compostable (identified by the following logo) :

The use of plastic or oxo-biodegradable bags is prohibited.

For more information on sorting organic waste, consult the Guide for Sorting Organic Waste and the Good Riddance! Guide, both published by the Municipality of Austin.

Helpful Tips

The MRC of Memphremagog’s pamphlet The Brown Bin; Problems and Solutions provides practical tips to make your composting experience easier.

Recyclables collection

Schedule

Recyclables are collected every two weeks on Monday.

The collections take place between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Recyclables collection dates are indicated by a recycling ( ) icon in the calendar of the English Home page.

Preparing your waste for pickup

Set out your bin by 6 a.m. on collection day, but no earlier than 5 p.m. the evening before.

Place the bin by the road but not in it, as shown in the adjacent diagram. The bin must be placed in such a way as to enable the mechanical arm of the sanitation truck to lift it for emptying.

Remove the empty bin from the roadside within 12 hours of the collection.

Because the collection is fully mechanised, any waste placed next to the bin (such as oversized cardboard boxes) will not be collected.

Container

The 360-litre blue rolling bin is provided by the Municipality.

The bin belongs to the Municipality; when the property is sold, it must remain with the house.

Getting a blue bin

New house:The Municipality provides one bin per residence for the collection of recyclables, free of charge. Please complete the online Bin Request form; the bin will be delivered to your home in the following week.

Stolen bin: The Municipality replaces a stolen bin upon presentation of a police report.

Damaged bin

Report all damages (wheels, cover, axle) to the Municipality by completing the Bin Request form. An employee will come by to repair it on the next collection day, after the bin has been emptied. Please note that only bins provided by the Municipality are repaired.

The property owner is responsible for the cost of repairing or replacing a bin belonging to the Municipality, unless the damages have been caused by mishandling by the sanitation crew.

What goes in the blue bin

Containers, packaging and paper are accepted in the recyclables collection:

Metal

Aluminum plates and paper, cans, food tins, etc.

Rinse before placing in the blue bin (labels may be left on).

Soft plastics

Shopping bags, milk and bread bags, etc.

Gather all bags and clean wrappings in one bag and tie up.

Hard plastics no 1 to 7 (except no 6)

Juice bottles, shampoo bottles, household product containers, etc.

Rinse plastic containers and replace the cap.

Glass

Wine bottles, oil bottles, jam jars, etc.

Rinse the bottles and jars before placing in the blue bin (labels may be left on).

Multi-layer containers

Containers for milk, juice, broth (e.g.: Tetra Pak containers).

Paper and cardboard

Cardboard boxes, paper tubes, paper towels, paper sheets and envelopes, magazines, newspapers, etc.

The use of plastic garbage bags in the recycling bin is prohibited.

For more information on sorting your recyclables, visit RécupEstrie.com (website in French only) or consult the Municipality’s Good Riddance! Guide.

 

Household waste collection (the REAL garbage)

Schedule

Household waste is collected every four weeks on Monday.

Collections take place between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Household waste collection dates are indicated by a trash can ( ) icon in the calendar of the English Home page.

Preparing your waste for pickup

Set out your bin by 6 a.m. on collection day, but no earlier than 5 p.m. the evening before.

Place the bin by the road but not in it, as shown in the adjacent diagram. The bin must be placed in such a way as to enable the mechanical arm of the sanitation truck to lift it for emptying.

Remove the empty bin from the roadside within 12 hours of the collection.

Because the collection is fully mechanised, any waste placed next to the bin (such as extra garbage bags or oversized items) will not be collected.

Container

Each household is responsible for providing its own container for the household waste collection.

Container specifications:

  • A standard rolling bin designed for mechanical collection
  • Capacity : minimum 240 litres / maximum 360 litres
  • Colour : green

Only one container per household is authorised.

What goes in the green bin

Deposit in your green bin items:

  • that are NOT recyclable (blue bin)
  • that are NOT compostable (brown bin)
  • that are NOT recoverable (Ressourcerie des Frontières, Magog Ecocentre)
  • that are NOT classified as hazardous household waste (HHW) (écocentre de Magog)

PROHIBITED WASTE: Manure, sludge, construction and demolition waste, explosives, dead animals, tires, scrap vehicles and vehicle parts, oil-soaked soil or sand, mining residue, biomedical waste, radioactive waste, hazardous waste and fire debris. Waste produced in commercial or industrial quantities is also prohibited.

Magog Ecocentre (HHW, building materials, tires, other items)

Because of the recycling crisis, the Magog Ecocentre can no longer accept no. 6 plastics. However, packaging styrofoam is accepted, but NOT styrofoam trays or unextruded no. 6 (e.g.: yogurt container).

To reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill and promote the salvaging of reusable and recyclable items, the Municipality of Austin provides its citizens with free access*to the Magog Ecocentre.

Citizens are responsible for transporting their items to the Ecocentre and must pay the applicable fees charged for certain types of waste.

Access is free but the Municipality pays an annual fee of $20+ per registered residence to the City of Magog. For this reason, citizens are asked to register or renew only when they intend to use the service.

Accessing the Ecocentre

  • Register at the Austin Municipal Office.You must bring a valid ID and a proof of residence.
  • On your first visit to the Ecocentre, an attendant will give you a numbered card. This card must be presented at each visit. 

The card is valid until December 31st of the year in which it has been issued.

  • Renewal: The card may be renewed in person at the Austin Municipal Office, by phone (819 843-2388) or by e-mail.

Ecocentre address and contact information

2300 Tanguay (in the Magog industrial park)
 819-847-0835
 environnement@ville.magog.qc.ca

For information on opening hours, types of waste accepted and applicable fees, please consult the information sheet published by the Magog Ecocentre (in French only).

Ressourcerie des Frontières (furniture, appliances, household items)

The Ressourcerie des Frontières is an on-call, year-round collection and transportation service for discarded oversized items (furniture, appliances) and other household objects. Items are accepted regardless of their state or condition and whether they are functional or not.

The recovered objects are processed by prioritizing, in order : reusing, recycling and recovering. The Ressourcerie gives a second life to nearly 95% of the items it picks up!

This customized service is provided to Austin citizens free of charge.

Using the service

  • Call the Ressourcerie des Frontières:

 819 804-1018
 1-855-804-1018 (toll-free)
 info@ressourceriedesfrontieres.com

  • Provide a description of the items you will be discarding.

Be as accurate as possible as it enables the Ressourcerie to plan the available truck space.

  • Wait for the confirmation call.

The Ressourcerie will pick up your items within 3 weeks.

The pick-up date will be confirmed within 24 to 48 hours before.

Preparing your items for pickup

  • Gather small objects into boxes.
  • Place the items outside, where they may be easily accessed.

For insurance reasons, the movers are not authorised to enter your residence, unless a prior agreement has been reached with the Ressourcerie.

  • Ensure that the items are placed in a sheltered area, or cover them up with a tarp.

If possible, avoid putting your items by the roadside before collection day.

You do not need to be at home on the day of the pick-up.

Items accepted

The items listed below are accepted regardless of their state or condition and whether they are functional or not. Only unsanitary objects will be refused.

  • Furniture of all kinds (upholstered or not), including mattresses and box springs
  • Large and small appliances: refrigerator, food processor, etc.
  • Electronics and computer equipment: television, computer, cell phone, satellite dish, etc.
  • Various appliances: air conditioner, water heater, etc.
  • Patio and garden items: barbeque, swing set (dismantled), etc.
  • Household, leisure, and workshop items: dishes, glassware, knick-knacks, lamps and fixtures, mirors, games, toys, books, CDs, tools, etc.
  • Sports items, including bicycles
  • Baby items
  • Toilets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, etc.
  • Reusable construction and renovation items: unused tiles, new plywood sheets, feuilles de contre-plaqué neuves, unused planks, etc.
  • Windows (excluding thermal), sheets of glass, doors, gutters, etc.
  • Dismantled temporary car shelters
  • Car items : alternator, battery, motor, etc.
  • Electrical wire
  • Metals
  • Fabrics, clothing, shoes
  • Cardboard boxes

Refused items

  • Hazardous household waste: oils, paints, pesticides, batteries, compact fluorescent lamps, neons, propane tanks, extinguishers, etc.
  • Food scraps and other organic waste such as leaves, grass, branches, etc.
  • Aggregates: rocks, concrete, sand, asphalt, flagstones, etc.
  • Asphalt shingles
  • Waste from building demolition: wood with nails, old linoleum, used vinyl siding, etc.
  • Thermal windows and doors
  • Very heavy or very large items such as trailers, pianos, sailboats, manure spreaders, etc.
  • Tires
  • Garbage (unredeemable waste)
  • Anything that cannot be carried by two persons
Town Hall (other items)

Items accepted at Town Hall

The following items can be dropped off at Town Hall year-round, during office hours only:

Batteries
Small non-rechargeable or rechargeable batteries.

Books
Donate books in good condition to the Austin Livres-Service Free Library.

Cell phones                                   

Christmas lights
Standard strings of lights (bulbs and wire). Other types of lighted decorations are not accepted.

Compact fluorescent bulbs

Corks
Natural cork only.

Ink cartridges
Ink-jet or laser printer.

Oils and filters
Oils (mineral, synthetic or vegetable) sold in containers of 50 litres or less, used filters and empty containers.

Heating oil and diluted oils are not accepted.

Paint

  • latex, alkyd, enamel paints
  • metal and anti-rust
  • aluminum
  • granular
  • industrial
  • commercial sign
  • artist’s
  • stain
  • lacquer
  • varnish

Pens and highlighters                 

Propane tanks                              

Other household waste:

  • adhesives
  • aerosols
  • epoxy
  • tar and sealers
  • wood treatment products (preservatives) or for masonry
  • solvents et thinners
  • stucco

 

Clothing

The Municipality participates in Recupex’s annual used clothing drive « L’Estrie met ses culottes ». The collection usually takes place in early May at Town Hall. The exact dates are published in the calendar.


Christmas trees

In early January, the Municipality collects natural Christmas trees placed by the roadside to ensure that they are disposed of ecologically. The exact dates are published in the calendar.

All the ornaments must be removed from the trees.

Businesses and Farms

Farms and businesses must contact the Municipality to register for collection services. They are required to dispose of their waste ecologically, in accordance with provincial and municipal laws and by-laws.

Businesses

Small businesses may use either rolling bins or containers, depending on the volume of waste generated. Collection services are offered year-round or on a monthly basis for seasonal businesses.

Businesses and farms also have access to the Magog Ecocentre, Ressourcerie des Frontières and Town Hall drop-off point (see tabs above) to dispose of  waste that is not accepted in the municipal collections.

Please contact Environmental Services to find out the different services and options available for businesses and to register.

Farms

The Municipality provides a container to farms using bales, to ensure that the plastics used to wrap them are recycled. The farm plastics are collected twice a year. This service is free of charge.

Farm plastics placed in the container must be relatively free of dirt and mud.

For more information or to get a container, please contact Environmental Services.

Removal of Septic Tank Sludge

From June to October, a qualified contractor hired by the Municipality pumps out the septic tanks of all residences according to the following schedule:

  • once every 2 years for permanent residences
  • once every 4 years for seasonal residences

Residents are notified by mail 10 days in advance of the contractor’s visit.

To ensure the smooth running of operations, notified residents must prepare for the visit:

  • by clearing off the cover or covers
  • by ensuring that the tank is easily accessible
  • by marking the location with a flag or a stick

A receipt is left to inform the property owner that the service has been delivered.