Recycling catching on
The results are in for the amount of recycling that was done in 2011 in the Memphremagog MRC, and it looks promising. The amount of material being recycled has gone up from 5,192 tons in 2005 to 14,265 tons in 2011. In 2011, 48% of household waste was recycled, just a little less that what was sent to the dump. In 2005 only 25 % was being diverted from the dump. Six municipalities in the MRC are diverting more than 50% of their waste material from the dump: St. Etienne de Bolton, Magog, Ste. Catherine de Hatley, Ayer’s Cliff, Hatley and St. Benoit du Lac. The amount of garbage being generated continues to decrease despite the increase in the population. In 2011, 15,730 tons of garbage went to the dump; that’s 330 kilograms per person. Residents generated 155 kilograms per person of recycled material in the same year. The last figure, done for the year 2008, for the average of recycled material per person in all of Quebec was 69 kilograms per person.