A new industrial composter is expected to bring the borough of Verdun, in Quebec, closer to its goal of zero waste in municipal buildings.
The Montreal borough expects the composter to process 175 metric tonnes of waste and 70 tonnes of compost each year. It is the second phase of the borough’s initiative to reduce landfill waste.
Verdun already cut back on collection to once weekly for recyclables and waste, also reducing bulky item pick-up to once a month.
While recycling rates have gone up from 47 per cent to 53 per cent, food leftovers and green waste still make up nearly 45 per cent of residential waste.
The composter, located in the municipality’s greenhouses, is expected to help the borough achieve its goal, while also cutting back on landfill transportation and waste processing expenses.
Organic materials will come from the borough’s municipal buildings, as well as some local suppliers.
The project will also determine if other Montreal boroughs could install similar composters. This news item first appeared in our affiliate news service EcoLog (9/22/2009 12:51:00 PM). Visit www.EcoLog.com