Coat­i­cook MRC best in Québec!

Less buried waste than any­where

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE -

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.

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