SAINT-LAURENT, QC, June 29, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – At its public meeting on June 28Saint-Laurent Council unveiled the highlights of the 2021 report on the borough’s residual materials management plan.
“The effects of the pandemic are still being felt, but are gradually returning to normal. For example, there is a decrease in the tonnage of organic material this year compared to last year, when the confinement forced a large part of the population to stay at home. Just as the increase in the tonnage of recyclable materials reflects consumer habits developed over the past two years to favor certain online purchases, overall, however, our annual report on waste management shows encouraging results the achievement of the objectives we have set ourselves, in particular in our 2022-2025 strategic plan and our 2021-2030 climate emergency plan. In addition, starting in the fall, we will continue to set up the collection of materials residuals from residential buildings with 9 or more units as well as industrial buildings and commercial establishments. Our objective is therefore clear: considerably reduce the quantity of residual materials sent to landfill sites.
Alan De SousaMayor of Saint Laurent
The landfill diversion rate in Saint Laurent was 37% in 2021, which is similar to the rate of 36% in 2020.
A total of 36,444 metric tonnes of all categories of waste was collected in 2021, down 0.5% from the 2020 total of 36,619 metric tonnes.
The tonnage of household waste shows a decrease of 335 metric tons, going from 23,205 tons in 2020 to 22,870 tons in 2021, despite a 1.4% increase in the number of occupation units in the territory. This reflects the growing desire of residents to better sort waste.
The tonnage of recyclable materials increased from 6479 in 2020 to 7301 tonnes in 2021, up 12.7%. This is explained, among other things, by the increase in online purchases for several types of goods (Amazon, ready-to-eat boxes, etc.).
The tonnage of organic waste collected decreased by 467 tons since 2020, from 5286 metric tons to 4819 tons in 2021. This difference is explained by the fact that in 2020, due to the pandemic, the inhabitants spent a lot of time at home, and therefore produced much more food waste and green waste.
In October 2021the borough has begun to implement collection of organic materials in residential buildings with 9 or more units as well as in certain industrial and commercial (IC) establishments. In fact, 33 residential buildings with 9 or more units and 50 CIs volunteered to take part in this first implementation phase.
The tonnage of recoverable bulky waste increased from 1,228 metric tons in 2020 to 1,053 tons in 2021. This difference is explained by the fact that for several months, the organizations involved in the management of residual materials, such as donation centers and ecocentres, have been closed. Thus, in 2020, the only way to get rid of bulky items was through selective collection. And so 2021 notes the return to the values usually observed since the start of the recovery of bulky items in 2017.
Installing 17 collection of disposable masks boxes in November in all municipal buildings resulted in an approximate total of 121,020 masks collected for 2021.
Saint Laurent Climate emergency plan 2021-2030
About the Borough of Saint Laurent
City founded in 1893, Saint Laurent became one of the 19 boroughs of Montreal in 2002. Located north of the island of Montreal, Saint Laurent is the largest borough of all, with its 42.8 square kilometers. Its population of more than 100,000 inhabitants is one of the most multicultural. The borough having become a “sustainable municipal territory” in 2019, its administration places sustainable development – and environmental protection, in particular – at the heart of all its decisions: a challenge that is all the greater since more than 70 % of its territory is dedicated to industrial and commercial activities, with more than 4,500 companies and 110,000 jobs. Indeed, it is home to one of the main industrial and technological centers of Quebec. Already benefiting from great accessibility to the main roads and public transport, Saint Laurent is preparing to welcome 5 stations within the new Metropolitan express network (REM) light rail network. And last but not least, with Saint Laurent two libraries, its Recreation Centre, its Modern Sports Complex, its arena and some fifty parks, a wide range of services are offered in many areas of activity, such as culture, sports and recreation. In this way, Saint Laurent The administration ensures a high quality of life for families in the borough as well as a stimulating environment for businesses.
SOURCE City of Montreal – Borough of Saint Laurent
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