Soon a point of deposit for the glass to Saint-Lambert

News 6 February, 2018
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    The citizens of Saint-Lambert will be here in the spring to a point of deposit, such as this one in Saint-Denis-de-Brompton, in Estrie, where they can return their glass containers. This sorting at the source will prevent that the glass contaminates the other materials.

    Anne Caroline Desplanques

    Monday, 5 February 2018 22:30

    Monday, 5 February 2018 22:30

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    In order to avoid that 86% of the recovered glass to end up in the trash, the City of Saint-Lambert will put in place a voluntary deposit, dedicated to the glass where citizens can drop off their bottles and their containers.

    “This is a project with educational to show that people are willing to do this small extra step in order for their materials to be recycled “, said councillor Loïc Blancquaert, chairman of the committee on environment of Saint-Lambert.

    The drop point should be operational by this spring, he predicts.

    Saint-Lambert will follow the example of Saint-Denis-de-Brompton, in Estrie, in which a point of collection of the glass is in place since more than two years with success, indicates Gaston Michaud of Operation Glass-Green, the committee of citizens to the origin of the initiative.

    The response of the citizens is so positive that the 18 municipalities of the MRC du Val-St-François have followed in the steps of Saint-Denis-de-Brompton.

    The municipalities wish to give an option to the citizens so that the containers that they sort are used to create glass new in our recyclers premises.

    Avoid the trash

    The Newspaper reported Monday that 86 % of the glass recovered in Quebec in the sorting centres is not recycled, but rather sent to landfills, serving as collection requirements.

    This figure is dated 2015 is the latest released to the public by Recyc-Québec, the organization that manages the setting value of residual materials in Quebec.

    Since then, several pilot projects have been put in place to increase the recycling rate of the glass.

    But according to Karel Ménard, of the Front commun québécois pour the ecological management of waste, ” there has not so much been change from 2015 “.


    He explained that the majority of projects are in place to enhance the value of the glass by using, for example, as an addition to cementitious or as an abrasive.

    These uses of the glass powder can reduce the need for sand, the natural resource and the most consumed on the planet before the water and the oil.

    However, ” this is not recycling, this is the value “, insists Mr. Ménard.

    To improve the recycling rate, the isolated initiatives taken by municipalities, such as Saint-Lambert will not suffice, warns Mr. Blancquaert.

    “This is a grain of sand, a way to show the example, but each city in isolation may not have her own experiences “, said the councillor.