Organic waste collection will begin in May 2019.
To keep you on top of the new schedule, a magnetic waste collection calendar for 2019 showing collection days for the months of May to December will be distributed to all households in April. If you stick it on your refrigerator, you’ll more likely not to miss any collections!
Why introduce organic waste collection?
The City of Saint-Lambert is proud to begin as of next spring its implementation of organic waste collection in our community. It represents a first step toward achieving the Quebec government goal of banning the burial of organic material by the year 2020.
In fact, far too much residual material still goes to landfills every year in Quebec, constituting a major source of pollution. The recovery of organic matter through biomethanation will help create fertilizers and a source of energy.
By the end of the first year of its organic waste collection service, Saint-Lambert estimates that it will have prevented around 500 tons of organic matter from going to landfills, representing 45% of the current contents of garbage cans.
Before you receive your brown bin, here are a few reminders about proper sorting:
- Proper sorting and waste reduction at the source limits the amount of garbage sent to landfills and its harmful effects on the environment.
- Recycling gives a second life to many materials.
- Approximately 45% of your household waste can go into your brown bin.
- If you sort properly, there’ll be almost nothing to put in your household garbage container.
Phased implementation of the brown bin
Curbside collection schedule
Organic waste is collected every Wednesday during summer, from May 1 to October 30, 2019. During winter, from November 6, 2019 to the end of March 2020, it is collected every two weeks.
In 2019, only single-family homes, buildings with 8 dwelling units or fewer, school, and municipal buildings will have access to the organic waste collection service.
Consult the 2019 waste collection calendar to find out the exact collection dates.
Not your turn yet?
Four community composters are available in local parks. You can also buy a home composter for a cost of only $25 (maximum of two composters per household). These home composters are available now at City Hall (55 Argyle Street) until stocks run out.
Delivery of brown bins
The outdoor brown bins will be delivered between mid-March and the end of April to citizens targeted by Phase 1. Each outdoor bin will come with a small kitchen container and information tools. The bin will be dropped off in front of your home.
Mark your address on the bin when you receive it and affix the aide-mémoire sticker to your kitchen container. You will also have received a detailed magnetic aide-mémoire, which we encourage you to put on your refrigerator door.
Consult a digital version of the tools distributed:
Two information sessions will be held in the spring. They will provide you with helpful tips and tricks, and you’ll have the chance to ask any questions you may have about organic waste collection:
- Tuesday, May 7, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to noon
Both sessions will be held at the multi-purpose centre (81 Hooper Street). To attend, register by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Materials accepted and materials refused
Raw or cooked food scraps without packaging
Soiled paper and cardboard
Green waste (in small quantities)
Dead leaves and branches are not accepted in the brown bin because they no longer contain chlorophyll, which fuels biomethanation. You must therefore dispose of your dead leaves during green waste collections.The City of Saint-Lambert will offer 12 green waste collections between spring and fall.
Tips and tricks
Prevent odours, maggots and fruit flies
- Wrap your food scraps in old newspaper.
- Freeze smelly leftovers (meat, fish, etc.) until collection day
- Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your bin.
- Place your bin in the shade, and put it out for collection every week even if it’s not full.
Clean your bin
- Rinse your bin out with water and detergent, or with vinegar.
- Line the bottom of your bin with a few sheets of newspaper or cardboard to prevent the organic waste from freezing or sticking to it.
Keep small animals away
- Rub a little cough ointment (such as Vicks®VapoRub™) on the top edges of your bin to keep small animals away.
To help you learn more about organic waste collection and find the answers to your questions, the City of Saint-Lambert has prepared a series of frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs).
Contact Info-environnement at 450-466-3199 or email@example.com.