Re­cy­cling catch­ing on

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

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.

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