Whether 100% compostable, oxo-biodegradable or biodegradable, plastic bags are not accepted in food waste collection. Which material in your brown bin is accepted or rejected depends on the site and the processing technology used.
Given the variety and complexity of bags available on the market, the risk of contamination and rejection during the treatment of organic materials is too high. Moreover, these bags cause an increase in operating costs.
We urge you to use paper bags, cardboard or newspaper.
Old newspapers, flyers, paper grocery bags or cardboard wrapping material may be used.
The bin is municipal property.
As with the recycling bin, the brown bin is linked to a specific address and should remain for use by the next resident.
Contact the municipality.
Just put out your brown bin the week before you leave, then clean it and leave it empty until you get back (you can accumulate your material in the freezer or refrigerator between collection and the date of your departure, if necessary). In the summer, “unwelcome visitors” may adopt your bin if it contains food residues and is left out in the heat too long.
Some municipalities purchase compost from the collection of green and food waste. Contact your municipality to find out if compost distribution is available.
The collected material is transported to the GSI Englobe treatment site located in Lachute, which earned the tender of the MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges. The material from the brown bin is mixed with other elements such as wood chips and then piled outside, in windrows. These windrows are turned to speed up the decomposition process. The mature compost is then sieved and sold to businesses and farmers or redistributed to municipalities that take advantage of this option provided for in the contract.
Note: green residues and leaves are not accepted in the food waste collection.
Contact your municipality to find out about the various services offered and the schedule for collecting green residues, branches, autumn leaves or local recycling for farmers.
Do you already practice composting at home? Do not change your habits!
The brown bin is the perfect complement to your domestic composter and is an opportunity for you to optimize the recovery of other materials such as table residues, which do not go into your home composter, i.e. meat, fish, leftovers, pasta and salads containing sauce and /or vinaigrette. Not to mention that in winter, the brown bin will be more easily accessible than the composter at the other end of the property.
The time has come to complement the ever-relevant use of the domestic composter. Door-to-door collection via the brown bin will promote the recovery of all food residues.
No. Green residues, garden residues and autumn leaves are not accepted in the food waste collection. For your grass clippings, leave them on the ground and practice grasscycling! For your autumn leaves, shred them on the spot and practice leafcycling! For green waste, recycle them in a domestic composter and collect the compost from your garden residue.
These practices are strongly encouraged and entail many benefits:
· Equivalent to 25% of the annual fertilizer recommended for your lawn.
· Increases the level of organic matter in your soil.
Your soil will retain more moisture and your lawn will be more resistant during heat waves and watering bans!
Contact your municipality to learn about the different services offered and the collection schedules for green residues, branches, autumn leaves or local recycling at farms.
We encourage you to practice grasscycling and the shredding of dead leaves. Nature has already developed a high performance recovery system for these materials; let’s leave them there instead of breaking our backs to gather them up and then pay for their transportation and treatment! Your lawns and flowerbeds will thank you for this contribution of fertilizer and organic matter. On the aesthetic side, the residues are not visible if the mowing is done regularly and it all disappears completely in less than 48 hours!
Contact your municipal office to learn about the various services offered and the collection schedule for green residues, branches, autumn leaves and recycling by local farmers.