Why not put everything in the garbage bin? The reason is simple, the residual materials sector generates almost 5% of the world’s greenhouse gases, and space in landfills is very limited. At the current rate, the landfill serving our area will have reached full capacity by 2038.
The sorting of garbage at the beginning is very important. We must ensure that materials deposited in the garbage bin cannot be recycled, composted or otherwise reused by the Good Neighbours Ecocentre.
We have been talking about it for quite some time, in addition to composting, recycling plays a very important role in the people’s desire to reduce the amount of buried garbage. In addition to giving materials a second life by processing, recycling reduces the amount of buried garbage, which in turn reduces landfill costs. The recycling is sent to the Tricentris sorting center which sorts the materials that are used by different companies.
Recycling is very important. Recycling is easy. Simply change our habits. The most important thing to remember is that the Tricentris sorting center accepts only plastic materials with the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 of the Moebus (recycling triangle) ribbon, paper, cardboard, metal and glass. All plastic materials carrying the Moebus ribbon (recycling triangle) 6 are unfortunately not accepted because they are not re used in any way.
As well as recycling, here are some good practices to use when recycling:
– It is not necessary to rinse the containers abundantly before recycling because it wastes water. A slight rinse that limits odours is sufficient;
– In doubt, throw them away. Did you know that unwanted materials can cause breakage and even stop the sorting line?
– Separate the caps from the containers;
– Do not pack packaging from granola bars, wax paper, plastic or parchment;
– Take-out coffee cups are accepted but not the lids (usually they have the Moebus ribbon number 6).
If you have doubts about what and how to recycle, visit the Tricentris Center website, you will find a lot of tips and tricks for better recycling.
Another nice way to recycle is to bring items to the ecocentre Good neighbors located in Gore. Please refer to the Ecocenter Good Neighbors tab for more information.
How can I find salvage dealers, recyclers and recycling waste handlers in my region?
Perform a search on RECYC-QUEBEC’s site at http://www.recyc-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/(French only) under the tab “Repertoires” or simply follow this link http://www.recyc-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/client/fr/repertoires/rep-recuperateurs.asp (French only).
You can perform a search by business, by region or by material and finally find answers to these questions: Where? How? and What?
HERE IS A PARTIAL LIST OF DIFFERENT PLACES WHERE YOU CAN DEPOSIT YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE AND REUSABLE OBJECTS.
Paint, Varnish, Dye (no solvent)
Saint-Sauveur 450-227-2627 / Saint-Jérôme 450-432-6767
Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs and fluorescent tubes
Saint-Sauveur 450-227-2627 • Saint-Jérôme 450-432-6767
Car products (oils, antifreeze, filters, batteries, tires)
Lachute 450-562-8536 / Saint-Jérôme 450-438-3506
Dry materials (including wood and all materials of construction) $$$
Valiquette Services Sanitaires Ltée.
1158 chemin Notre-Dame, Sainte-Adèle 450-229-8188
Service de recyclage sterling inc.
6000 route 158, Mirabel (St-Canut) 450-258-2000
All retailers of tires and garages
All kinds of batteries
Batteries Expert St-Jérôme
142 Boul. Roland Godard, Saint-Jérôme 450-569-7676
Electronic and data-processing material
School-enterprise / Recycling of parts
70 rue Simon, Lachute 450-562-7740
Rechargeable batteries and electronic and data-processing material
La Source (Radio Shack)
All the tradesmen who sales bottles take the old in exchange
Fridge or freezer
Computers, ink and toner cartridges, cell phones, electronics, batteries
Bureau en gros
1135 Jean Batiste Rolland Ouest, St-Jérôme 450-436-3708
The Municipality often speaks about residual materials, garbage and recycling, but we mustn’t forget that composting is just as important! In order to achieve both our local and regional objectives of lowering the amount of garbage which must be buried, individual citizen participation in composting is of the utmost importance. In addition, this compost can easily be used for gardening. What a great deal!
Composting is more than just putting any organic matter in a container and wait for the time to pass, it’s not magic! It requires that we take care of the microorganisms that perform the work of decomposition and let them do the work.
Your microorganisms will need to be fed with food that will allow them to maintain their capacity to function, It is therefore necessary to mix about one or two parts of nitrogen per part of carbon. The following are examples of materials containing nitrogen and materials containing carbon.
1 part of carbon
- Dead leaves
- Coffee grounds (with paper filter)
- Pasta (without sauce)
- Walnut shells and kernels
- Shredded newspaper (but it is better to recycle it)
- Dead plants and dried flowers
2 parts nitrogen
- Peels, peelings and remains of fruits and vegetables (cooked or raw)
- Grass clippings (where grass recycling is not possible)
- Garden residues (scraps, unseeded weeds, etc.)
Microorganisms also drink water. The main source of water will come from nitrogenous materials, but you must avoid letting the compost become too dry. The compost must contain moisture content between 50 % to 60 %. Basically, if you are able to form a ball that holds with the compost, you have perfect moisture! A compost that is too dry will have a slower decomposition … the easy solution would be to leave the lid open to expose it to the rain or to water it from time to time. A compost that is too wet will also be slower in the decomposition and will promote bad odours… the easy solution would be to add dry and rich materials made of carbon and mix it in.
Oxygen is essential to life, a good mixing of your compost, ideally once every 2 weeks will oxygenate your micro-organisms and avoid compaction and bad odours caused by anaerobic decomposition (without oxygen).
Some materials will not be decomposed by your microorganisms and can even sometimes be harmful to you. They should therefore not be found in domestic compost:
- Residues from animal origins such as dairy products and meat;
- Fats (vegetable oils, mayonnaise, salad dressings);
- Diseased plants or foliage;
- Seeded weeds;
- Animal feces (since they may contain pathogens);
- Materials contaminated with pesticides or hazardous products (eg treated wood);
- BBQ ash and briquettes.