New resource for Stanstead residents
‘Going green’ is not just good for the environment, it’s also good for your pocketbook. Municipalities, since they are the ones who pay the waste collection and water treatment bills every month, know this even better than most. For this reason, Stanstead, like several other neighbouring towns, has entered into an agreement with the Coaticook
based Ressourcerie des Frontieres, an ‘eco-centre’ whose main aim is to keep as much waste material out of the local dumps as possible.
Residents of Stanstead can now call the Ressourcerie des Frontieres to have large items like fridges, stoves, furniture, electronic equipment, reusable construction materials, bicycles and sports equipment, mattresses, rugs, clothing and all kinds of smaller items picked up from their homes free of charge, all yearlong. People can also bring the same kinds of items directly to their Coaticook location on Cutting Street, taking a few moments to visit the large store where second-hand items, everything from interior doors to baby clothes, in good shape are sold for a fraction of their original cost. Items that are too old or worn out to be re-used are taken apart and/or recycled.
Stanstead has to pay $7,791 annually for this service, an expenditure that general manager Guillaume Labbé is sure will pay off in the end. “It costs the town $140 a ton to put garbage into the dump. We now have an agreement with this non-profit company with the idea to stop all the large pieces of garbage from going to the dump. If we can stop just fifteen old washing machines from going to the dump, we’d save a lot of money,” said Mr. Labbé.
And when Mr. Labbé says money, he means money! To illustrate his point, the general manager quoted some of the recent costs to the town of bringing garbage, much of which could be recycled or reused or composted at a much lower cost, to the dump. “From February 6th to February 21st, we paid $6,654, and from March 6th to March 21st, we paid $6,613.”
“We also encourage our residents to put their compostable garbage in the brown bins,” added Mr. Labbé. That kind of waste is usually very heavy and so quite costly to send to the garbage dump. “It costs us only $40 a ton to have the brown bins picked up and we also occasionally get free compost to give away to our citizens. The town uses that compost in its flower beds.” The next free compost distribution in Stanstead will be at the town hall on May 18th.
If you’d like to learn more about the Ressourcerie des Frontieres and the kinds of items they accept or see photos of their spacious and well-organized secondhand store, you can visit their website or call 819 804-1018. You can also attend a special presentation about the Ressourcerie des Frontieres that has been organized by the Stanstead Cercle des Fermieres, on May 14th at 7:30 pm, in the basement of the Sacre Coeur Church on Dufferin Street.