Re-thinking waste: municipal composting

map for compost post

Montreal is taking steps towards becoming a greener city, but we still have a long way to go. According to Montréal’s First Strategic Plan for Sustainable Development/Premier plan stratégique de développement durable de la collectivité montréalaise, compostable matter comprises 40% of residential waste in our region. Recently, Westmount and Côte St. Luc announced plans to expand their existing kitchen waste pick-up, however for now even these extend to only part of the respective municipalities. Montreal is planning to launch yard waste pick up, but is not yet initiating kitchen waste pick-up. Meanwhile, collected compostable matter is being shipped from the region of York, in Ontario, past Montreal to a processing site in Bécancour, Québec.

On a more encouraging note, Cote-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame de Grace was honoured at the Montréal environmental excellence and sustainable development gala for being the first borough to introduce a green roof on a municipal building. The roof was inaugurated last June. This Tuesday, April 22, the borough is holding a public forum on the development of its future green plan.

4 comments

  1. It would seem as if people have forgotten the previous organic waste collection program from the late 90s. At one point, at least where I lived in N.D.G., the city gave out little brown boxes and had weekly pickups. While it appeared to me that most people were participating the project as a whole failed.

    Maybe this time things will turn out better now that people are more environmentally conscious and want to do the right thing.

  2. This map clearly shows the proposed wilderness corridor A2A or Adirondack-to-Algonquin.

    In between the two parks it is proposed to keep development minimized so that migrating and travelling wildlife can continue to thrive, and not become extinct cuz of the relentless onslaught of human economic development.

    You can get more info on this vital project at http://www.a2alink.org/ which is the website of the Algonquin to Adirondacks Conservation Association

  3. If all municipalities applied worm composting then it would really do the city really good , coz a lot of recycling could be done, and we would have more manure for our plants. Viewed http://www.happyworms.ca the other day, some interesting stuff in supplies here.

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