Saint-Laurent Council released a 2021 report on the borough’s waste management plan and said the results are encouraging in terms of achieving its goals.
“The effects of the pandemic are still being felt, but are gradually returning to normal,” said Mayor Alan DeSousa. “For example, there is a decrease in the tonnage of organic material this year compared to last year, where the confinement forced a large part of the population to stay at home. Just as the increase in the tonnage of recyclable materials reflects the consumption habits developed over the past two years to favor certain online purchases. Overall, however, our annual report on waste management shows encouraging results in terms of achieving the objectives we have set ourselves, in particular in our strategic plan 2022-2025 and our climate emergency plan 2021-2030.
“In addition, starting in the fall, we will continue to implement the collection of residual materials from residential buildings with nine or more units, as well as from industrial and commercial establishments. Our goal is therefore clear: to significantly reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
Facts from the 2021 report:
“A total of 36,444 metric tons of all waste categories were collected in 2021, down 0.5% from the 2020 total of 36,619 metric tons.”
“The tonnage of household waste shows a drop of 335 metric tons, from 23,205 tons in 2020 to 22,870 tons in 2021, despite a 1.4% increase in the number of occupation units on the territory. This reflects the growing desire of residents to better sort waste.
“In October 2021, the borough began implementing the collection of organic materials in residential buildings with nine or more units as well as in certain industrial and commercial establishments (IC). In fact, 33 residential buildings with nine or more dwellings and 50 CIs volunteered to take part in this first implementation phase.
“The installation of 17 disposable mask collection boxes in November in all municipal buildings resulted in an approximate total of 121,020 masks collected for 2021.”