Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante is on a mission to make Montreal a notable global figure in the world of environmentalism, and yesterday she announced yet another plan, this time to have Montreal be zero waste by 2030.
As with many of her plans, just the sound of it seems like an un-doable task.... and then you read the action steps and it's like, oh wow... you just might actually pull this off!
Which is exactly how I felt when I first heard that she had proposed this new plan, called the "Plan directeur de gestion des matières résiduelles" or the "Waste Management Master Plan."
My initial reaction was, "That's amazing, how on earth can we accomplish that?" So, I took a look at the plan and can now say that, if Montrealers are on-board, there is a real chance that we could actually get ourselves to a place where we are a zero-waste city.
On the city's website, the plan is explained as such: "By setting ambitious targets and giving the means to achieve them, the City of Montreal is demonstrating its desire to make its ecological transition a reality."
The goal is to "offer efficient and flexible management of residual materials while acting on the technological, economic, and cultural infrastructure and service deployment fronts."
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the movement of residual material; - fight against food and clothing waste; - and deploy the collection of compostable materials in all buildings of 9 lodgements or more."
On an individual, daily basis, the city recommends the following steps for people living in Montreal:
Use containers and reusable bags
Ban one-time products
Buy products that are recycled or made of recycled content
Put a sticker "No flyers" on the mailbox
Buy in bulk or in large format
Buy product refills
Drinking tap water instead of bottled water
Limit document printing
Use rechargeable batteries
Give used clothes
Borrow or rent tools
Have electrical appliances and appliances repaired