The recycling situation in Quebec and how it affects Côte Saint-Luc

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, about 15 percent of homes in Côte Saint-Luc didn’t receive their usual weekly curbside collection of blue bin recyclables. For these affected homes, the city is offering special plastic bags to accommodate any recyclables that don’t fit in their blue bins. These residents can pick them up at Public Works (7001 Mackle Rd.). Bring proof of address. If you live in an apartment that was missed, the city will deliver bags to your building. Next Tuesday, our contractor will collect the contents on these blue bins and these special plastic bags.

What happened on Tuesday?
Each week, 10 truckloads of recyclable waste from Côte Saint-Luc goes to the recycling facility of the Groupe TIRU, which is located at the Complexe environnemental de Saint-Michel. On Tuesday, June 19, the facility was at capacity and had very long wait times. Some of the trucks carrying waste from Côte Saint-Luc weren’t able to complete the job. The result was that about 15 percent of homes didn’t receive curbside collection service. Parts of Hampstead, Montreal West and the Borough of Saint-Laurent were affected in the same way.

We have a global and local problem
As you may have read in the news, there is a growing problem in North America related to the recycling of paper waste. In short, it has become much less valuable and recycling facilities are struggling to move it out, even as new paper products arrive each day from cities.

Côte Saint-Luc must rely on the Agglomeration of Montreal to find a solution as it is the island-wide government that is responsible deciding which recycling facilities we must use to send our waste.

Could this happen again?
What happened on Tuesday, June 19 could happen again in the future. We are exploring our options. But there are things we can do locally to help.

  • Flatten your cardboard boxes so that it takes less room in your blue bin and in the truck.
  • Put newspapers and other loose papers (without staples, etc.) into your brown bin instead of your blue bin. This paper can be organically composted instead of recycled.
  • Reduce the amount of plastic water bottles or other non-essential waste you consume and throw away, where possible.
  • Rinse your cans and bottles in case your blue bin contents are not collected one week.

We will update you as this story progresses. We hope what happened on Tuesday will not repeat itself, but as a city, we need to be prepared and need the help of everyone to make small changes in how you fill your blue bin.

For further reading
To learn more about the recycling issues both globally and locally, you can read the following articles.

 

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