• The City of Montreal just announced its new project for the collection of organic waste matter around the city, which is in line with Montreal's zero waste by 2030 objective.
  • It is specifically focusing on collection for buildings in four specific boroughs with nine dwellings or more.
  • Get more information about the City's new composting project below!

Montreal does so many things properly but has always seemed to be a little behind in comparison to other big Canadian cities when it comes to composting. Luckily for us, that seems to be changing. Montreal's zero waste by 2030 objective, which was introduced by Mayor Valérie Plante, has led the City of Montreal to begin a new organic waste collection project in four of its boroughs.

This new composting collection will be specifically for buildings with nine or more dwellings. It will be tested in these four boroughs: Montréal-Nord, Saint-Laurent, Le Sud-Ouest, and Ville-Marie. So, it may not include all of the city yet, but it's off to a good start as a "pilot project." 

According to the press release, "in recent months, the administration has also announced the start of a pilot project for the collection of food waste in 22 schools in Montreal." In this similar project, the City is beginning with 22 schools but hopes to one day include over 700 different establishments into the school food collection project.

So, there is more than one step being taken by the City towards its organic waste collection while we speak. But, they're beginning with smaller-scale projects to help plan for larger ones.

We are also reminded in the press release that "since the end of 2019, all buildings with 8 or fewer dwellings have access to the collection of residual materials." So, I assume that this is how the decision for the organic matter collection to be for buildings with nine or more apartments was decided.

Below is a tweet from the City of Montreal sharing the press release about the upcoming organic waste collection project.

"With this measure, we are responding to requests from several residents of Ville-Marie. The borough has many buildings with 9 dwellings and we hope to set up collection eventually throughout the territory."

The following is how the City of Montreal believes a smaller-scale project like this will help plan for upcoming larger ones:

  • "determine the best practices and the best tools to set up for collections in multi-unit buildings;"
  • "observe the different collection methods;"
  • "analyze the performance of certain collection tools according to the characteristics of different buildings;"
  • "test different ways of informing citizens;"
  • "identify the accelerators and the obstacles to implementation."

So it's confirmed that this is, in fact, just the beginning of a much larger composting project for the entire city.

Hopefully, they get some clear results out of these tests and can help the project spread throughout the entire city as fast as possible.

Another important takeaway from the press release is this quote from Jean-François Parenteau: "This collection will allow Montreal to move towards zero waste by 2030 and recover more organic matter."

"In Montreal, organic matter represents more than half of the buried waste, or 55%. And most of it comes from our table scraps. We must value them in an eco-responsible way."

This statistic reminds us of just how much food we waste daily, and how much could be done with it rather than it being put into the trash — since we know that the majority of the food we eat is organic waste, which can be composted.

Always aim to stay as eco-conscious as possible, Montreal!

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