Coaticook MRC best in Québec!
Less buried waste than anywhere
The Coaticook MRC is the one that buries the least household waste per inhabitant in Québec according to 2013 waste burial data published on the minist re du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC) website.
With only 182 kg of buried waste per person, the Coaticook MRC outshines Sherbrooke (190 kg/person) and ranks first among low household waste producers in Quebec. Only two other MRCs are positioned under the 200 kg line: Iles-de-la-Madeleine (196 kg/ person) and Matapedia (199 kg/person).
The Coaticook MRC reached this enviable position thanks to, among other measures, the establishment of composting materials collecting. Since this service was implanted in 2008, buried waste was cut down by half, going from some 7000 tons to only 3500 tons in 2014.
As several MRCs are still wondering how to revalori e organic matter generated on their territory, nearly 2000 tons of materials are collected and composted every year thanks to the brown containers that have been available everywhere in the Coaticook MRC for the past seven years.
The collecting of organic matter is effectively accessible to all: apartment blocks, schools, the CSSS, most businesses and companies, campgrounds, even public parks and events. Everyone is working toward the same goal.
The Coaticook MRC’s success is largely due to citi en participation and the political will to put in place recycling services and to decrease trash collecting frequency.
arious programs put in place allowed to recuperate 60 of household waste matter generated in 2014. As recycling and composting bins have taken their place in daily life, the Ressourcerie des Fronti res and the monthly collecting of agricultural plastics are meeting with success with an increase of about 15 of recuperated matter.
Not stopping there, the Coaticook MRC hopes to reduce the amount of buried waste to 150 kg/person by 2020, as announced in its waste management plan. An important challenge that all players in the MRC are prepared to meet, while wishing the actions realised here will be an inspiration to the rest of Quebec.
Representetives from the Coaticook MRC and the Régie intermunicipale des déchets solides de la région de Coaticook are shown here, from left to right: Monique Clément Guy Madore, Coaticook MRC prefect Francis Lussier, general director of the Régie Richard Belleville of the Régie, and Coaticook councillor Luc Marcoux.