Garbage pick-up and recycling

Consult the calendar for garbage and recycling for April 2017 to March 2018.

All recyclable materials must be placed in the blue bin provided by the Municipality. To avoid problems with the company that picks up the recyclable materials, refer to the sketch below which shows the correct placement of the blue bin at the roadside. Please note also that the contractor will not pick-up recyclable materials, such as big pieces of cardboard, if they are not in the blue bins.

Some guidelines for recycling:
Plastic bags must be gathered together and compressed in the same bag. Ideally, plastic tops should be left on plastic containers. It is not necessary to remove the plastic spout from milk and juice cartons, juice boxes (Tetra Pak). All cans and containers should be rinsed. Labels may be left on jars and bottles. All food traces must be removed from pizza delivery and other delivery boxes from a restaurant.

Materials not picked up:
Manure, earth, sand, pipes, construction material, construction debris, explosives, rubble, plaster, trunks of wood, chunks of concrete and masonry, pieces of paving, tires, car bodies, car parts including batteries and tires of all kinds, hazardous wastes, used oils, paints, solvents. (See below.)

List of recyclable materials accepted and refused

Other kinds of materials 

Various other materials
Permanent drop-off points for a variety of materials are offered at the town hall. Please note that these are open all year, but only during office hours.

. Oils (mineral, synthetic or vegetal) sold in 50-litre containers or less, and used filters and empty containers. Heating oil and diluted oils are not accepted.
. Paint and propane tanks
. Small, non-rechargeable batteries
. Small rechargeable batteries, cell phones and printer cartridges


Paints accepted under the éco-peinture program

Accepted     Not accepted
Paints (latex, oil-based, enamel or others)
Metal or anti-rust paint
Aluminium paint
Wood treatment products or preparations for the treatment of wood (preservatives) or for masonry (including acrylic sealer for autos)
Sign paints (available in retail stores)
  Solvents and thinners
Tar and sealers
Granular paint
Industrial Paint
Commercial sign paint
Artist's paints

See also : Bottin des services de récupération de la MRC de Memphrémagog and Austin's Insciription Form (in French only).

Emptying of septic tanks

Septic tanks are emptied every two years for permanent residents and every four years for part-time residents between June and October. A 10 day advance notice is sent out asking residents to clear off the cover or covers of the system and make sure the tank is accessible, before the contractor comes. After the tank is cleaned, a receipt is left to advise the owner that he or she may again replace the covers, if necessary.

To obtain more information about septic installations,  a useful guide to good practice for owners of septic installations is available from the Ministère du Développement durable, de  l'Environnement et des Parcs (MDDEP), in French. This discusses what a landowner may do to ensure that his system functions well and lasts as long as possible. Among other subjects discussed: the obligation of the landowner to use a certified system; good practice inside the home (garbage dispposal units, reduction in the use of potable water, additions to septic tanks, water softeners and other treatment systems for drinking water as well as good practice outside the home (septic tank, drains, precautions to take on top of the septic installation), and indications of problems.

You can also check the MDDEP website which has information about septic installations at: (in French).

An excellent guide in English  is available from Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation at:


March 19th, 2018
Recycling Material Pick-up
March 26th, 2018
Compost Pick-up

Complete list

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 Useful numbers

City hall : 819 843-2388
Burning permit : 819 843-0000
Roads : 819 820-5928


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