The City of Saint-Lambert assesses our waste management habits
As we begin this new year, the City of Saint-Lambert would like to take a moment to assess the production and management of waste materials in our community.
Are we on the right track? The answer is yes... and no! In fact, looking closely at the data from the last few months, we see a number of positive points, but also some areas in need of improvement:
The amount of recyclable materials and green waste collected has remained fairly constant since 2018.
Since brown bins were introduced in 2019, on average, we have reached our goal of recovering more than 72 metric tonnes of organic materials monthly. The impact of this new sorting habit translated into reduced quantities of waste from May 2019 to March 2020. We went from producing an average of 394 tonnes a month when the brown bins arrived to an average of 340 tonnes a month after their arrival.
Unfortunately, the pandemic and the associated confinement starting in March 2020 have had the collateral effect of increasing our production of residential waste. We are now back to producing an average of 393 tonnes of waste per month.
All told, over the past few years, we have succeeded in reducing our total production of residual materials, all categories combined. The annual amount of materials discarded curbside in Saint-Lambert in fact varied from 8,211 to 10,138 tonnes between 2010 and 2018, then dropped to 7,527 tonnes in 2019 and to 7,477 tonnes in 2020.
Only 38% of these materials were recycled or recovered, whereas the goal is 50%.
Lastly, since the installation of the glass recovery container, we have recycled 122 tonnes of glass.
“What stands out as particularly positive in this assessment is that Lambertans are on clearly board when it comes to organic waste collection. Residents were quick to adopt this habit, to the great benefit of the environment,” noted Mayor Pierre Brodeur.
That said, greater efforts are needed in the sorting of residual materials. The data show that large quantities of materials still end up in regular garbage that should not be there. Proper sorting not only helps limit the amount of garbage sent to landfills, but also has a positive impact on the environment and the City’s expenses.
Beyond the importance of proper sorting, reducing waste at the source remains the best way of reducing how much waste we produce. Since we will likely spend a lot of time at home again in 2021, now is the time to reflect on our consumer habits and choices to see if we can make some significant changes.
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