New re­source for Stanstead res­i­dents

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

‘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.

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