The City of Montreal, in collaboration with the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville and the Verrecycle citizen group, has just launched a new pilot project that finally gives Montrealers a place to recycle wine and beer bottles

Montrealers can voluntarily bring their stacks bottles to two sites in Ahunstic-Cartierville, where they will be collected and 100% recycled at local processing plants. 

"Recycling in Quebec does not have a good press, citizens have lost confidence. The fact that a project is launched by citizens gives more credibility with the population," said Noémie Beaucarne, spokesperson for Verrecycle.

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I would like to salute this citizens' initiative which will facilitate the local recycling of glass.

Jean-François Parenteau

The glass recycling bins are in two locations: the parking lot of the SAQ Dépôt du Marché Central and the Place Fleury parking lot at the corner of Fleury Est and Garnier. 

Citizens can, of course, still recycle glass products in their household recycling bins. The project aims to recycle 485 tonnes of glass by the end of 2021. 

There are some restrictions, however. Only glass bottles and glass food containers will be accepted. 

You cannot recycle ceramic, pyrex, mirrors, vases, windows, pottery, light bulbs, or fluorescent tubes. 

"The Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough was open to green ideas; we had a perfect equation to carry out the project, especially since it promises significant gains from an environmental and economic point of view," said Beaucarne. 

The pilot project is on until December 2021. 

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