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 a lot about it for some time now, and in addition to composting, recycling plays a very important role in the collective desire to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills. In addition to giving a second life to materials through processing, recycling reduces the amount of waste going to landfill, which in turn reduces landfill costs. Recycling is sent to the Tricentris sorting centre, which sorts the materials that are recovered by different companies.
Recycling is very important. Recycling is easy. We just have to change our habits. The most important thing to remember is that Tricentris only accepts plastic materials with Moebus tape (recycling triangle) number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7, paper, cardboard, metal and glass. Unfortunately, not all plastics with Moebus (recycling triangle) tape 6 are accepted, as they are not recycled in any way.
As far as recycling is concerned, here are some good practices to use for good recycling:
- It is not necessary to rinse containers thoroughly before recycling them as this wastes water. A light rinse that limits odours is sufficient;
- When in doubt, throw them out. Did you know that undesirable materials can cause breakage and even stop the sorting line;
- Separate the caps from the containers;
- Do not use soft bar wrapping, waxed, plastic-coated or parchment paper;
- Take-out coffee glasses are accepted but not lids (usually they have Moebus tape number 6).
Recycling checklist (french only):
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.
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.
Recyc-Québec (french only)
Le composte, c’est facile ! (french only)
All citizens of the Municipality of the Township of Gore, the Municipality of Mille-Isles and the Municipality of the Township of Wentworth may benefit from the Good Neighbours Ecocenter services. They can thereby contribute to responsible waste management and environmental protection.
Address: 40 Chemin Sideline, Gore, QC J0V 1K0
Telephone: 450 562-2025
- Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
- Wednesday (mid-Mai to mid-October) 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
- Holidays (mid-Mai to mid-October) 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Materials accepted at the Ecocenter: Information coming soon
3-2-1-0 Strenght in numbers
What is the MRC d’Argenteuil’s goal? Zero waste! To reach that goal, we must all do our part: citizens, institutions, businesses and industries. Each time we want to get rid of an item, let’s take the time to check if it can still be useful. The website 3-2-1-0.com proposes different ways to give new life to our resources.
Zero waste reminder: