Recover Montréal’s waste
Recover 80% of recyclables and organic materials, HHW, CRD waste and bulky
refuse by 2019, as stipulated in Montréal’s Municipal
Waste Management Master Plan (in French)
the last five years, there has been a considerable increase in recovered
materials, except for organic matter. In 2008, the rate of recovery of
recyclables was 53%. This rate was 54% for hazardous household waste (HHW) and
43% for CRD waste and bulky refuse. However, for organic matter, the recovery
rate was only 8%. The overall recovery rate for the Montréal agglomeration was
The perceived value of residual material has evolved over the last decade. It
is no longer seen as mere waste, but increasingly as a potential resource.
The objective of Montréal’s Municipal Waste Management Master Plan for
2010–2014 is to divert from elimination as many materials as possible in
residential areas. The collection of recyclables is now available to all
citizens, so the challenge in the coming years is to start large-scale
collection of organic matter. Of course, reduction at the source is still the
most effective means to reduce the amount of residual materials produced.
There are more than 58,000 establishments in industry, businesses and
institutions, as well as the construction, renovation and demolition sectors
within the agglomeration of Montréal. All sectors of activity can contribute to
reducing residual materials slated for elimination by implementing their own
Action 22 : Implement at-source waste reduction measures
Reduction at the source is still the most effective means to reduce the
amount of residual materials produced. To accomplish this, several
measures can be taken.Montréal therefore undertakes to:
Among other things, partners agree to:
- Ban single-use water bottles in municipal buildings, replace water
bottles with pitchers and glasses, and install water fountains in
- Replace No. 6 plastics in food banks run by the Ville de Montréal.
- Replace single-use water bottles with pitchers and glasses.
- Install water fountains.
- Use double-sided printing and introduce paper-saving programs.
- Use primarily reusable products and replace No. 6 plastics with
Action 23 : Implement recycling and reuse measures
To divert as many materials as possible from elimination and,
eventually, to bury only the remaining residual materials, it is
imperative that large-scale collection of organic matter be introduced. As
such, two anaerobic digestion centres, two composting centres and a pilot
centre for the pre-treatment of organic waste will be built. Over the next
five years, more than 500,000 housing units will be targeted, enabling the
treatment of 230,000 tons of organic matter.
Among other advantages, building new ecocentres will make it easier for
citizens to dispose of hazardous household waste (HHW). Also, broadening
the scope of producers’ responsibilities means they will be accountable
for the recycling and reuse of specific products. The agglomeration will
play an active, yet complementary role in providing producers access to
its ecocentres.Montréal therefore undertakes to:
things, partners agree to:
- Offer organic waste collection services to citizens (eight-dwelling
units or less).
- Build two anaerobic digestion centres, two composting centres and a
pilot centre for the pre treatment of organic waste.
- Divert construction, renovation and demolition (CRD) waste from
elimination and transport it to waste treatment facilities.
- Offer only one waste collection day per week.
- Expand the network of ecocentres.
- Take part in one of the three levels of RECYC-QUÉBEC’s ICI ON
RECYCLE! recognition program.
- Transport CRD waste to a treatment facility.
Action 24 : Hold eco-responsible events
The Bureau de
normalisation du Québec (BNQ) has developed a certification program to
standardize ecoresponsible event management. This standard covers a
variety of topics, from sourcing suppliers to waste management.
Any organization can apply the criteria set out in the standard on a
voluntary basis to evaluate its own events. However, organizations seeking
certification for their events must absolutely fulfill the requirements
stipulated in the standard.Montréal therefore undertakes to:
Among other things, partners agree
- Obtain a certification in responsible event management (standard BNQ
9700-253/2010) by 2011 for the Direction de l’environnement et du
- Encourage responsible event management among promoters holding
events in the public arena.
- Adopt sustainable development criteria for festivals and events in
Montréal, in compliance with Québec’s standard for ecoresponsible event
- Become certified in responsible event management (standard BNQ
- Hold eco-responsible events (for events and meetings of all sizes).