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.