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A message from Compo Recycle :

To the residents of Belair, Sentier Gilmore and Mont-Snow streets
Please be advised that garbage/recycling/compost pick-up will now be held on Mondays until October 10th, 2022.  The Friday pick-ups will resume on October 21st, 2022.


Has your bin not been emptied? If this is the case, please leave it at the curb until it is.  It is possible that the truck will come by later in the day or on the following day.

Unfortunately, this situation is caused by special circumstances (shortage of manpower, absenteeism due to the pandemic, an increase in the waste left at the curb).  Consequently, we are asking for your patience with regards to delays and to the possible changes in the collection schedule.

If you have any questions related to waste collection, please do not hesitate to contact the Compo Recycle (a subsidiary of EBI) customer service department at 450 882-9186, option 2.

 

 


Waste reduction

 

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The most effective way to reduce waste is to put table scraps and garden waste into the brown bin.

 

Do people in Rawdon compost properly?

The residents of Rawdon compost garden waste (dead leaves, pine needles, plants, etc.) well. BRAVO!

On the other hand, table scraps and soiled paper/cardboard all too often end up in the trash!

Organic matter is brown gold that is transformed into compost to enrich the soil. Do not throw it away.

 

The optimal thing to do
Sort your waste more efficiently, put all of your table scraps and yard waste into the brown bin.  A challenge we must face together to prevent wastage!

 

Why compost?

The advantages of using your brown bin regularly are numerous:

  • Compostable materials account for half of the waste you produce and we can avoid wasting them.
  • Organic matter is a resource. Once transformed into compost, it becomes a quality natural fertilizer.
  • The composting process does not pollute, compared to landfilling which generates greenhouse gases and leachate.
  • Re-use, recycling and composting create more jobs than landfill for the same number of tons managed.
  • By composting, we avoid using up landfill capacity unnecessarily. Since no one wants a landfill in their backyard, the existing ones must be optimized and used for final waste only (items that cannot be reused, recycled or recovered).

 

How do I sort my compostable materials?

Put anything edible into the bin:

  • Fruits, vegetables (whole or peels), legumes
  • Bread and cereal products, flour, rice
  • Fish, seafood, poultry, meat
  • Solid dairy products (cheese, butter)
  • Frozen foods
  • Coffee beans, coffee grounds, coffee filters and tea bags
  • Chips, sweets and desserts
  • Spices, herbs, condiments (ketchup, mayonnaise, salad dressings)
  • All food leftovers

Check out our section on compost

Did you know that all of the organic materials that go into the brown bin are composted?

 

Yes but, isn’t it disgusting sorting organic materials?

Don’t take a dim view of your leftovers. They come from nature and must return to the earth. It is true that their decomposition causes some odors and liquids, but is this not a natural phenomenon? It’s all part of Life!

 

Tips and tricks to reduce odors and simplify handling

  • Wrap foods that emit unpleasant odors, such as leftover meat, seafood and fish, in newspaper (make papillotes) or a paper bag. You can also freeze these items and put them into the bin on collection day.
  • The use of compostable or paper bags in brown bins facilitates the handling of organic materials and is permitted. You can also put all the waste directly into the brown bin.  Please do not use biodegradable or oxo-biodegradable bags, as they interfere with the composting process.
  • For easier cleaning, line the bottom of your small kitchen brown bin with newspaper and wash it regularly in the dishwasher.

Check out the very comprehensive composting tips and tricks section on the City of Sherbrooke’s website.

 

Where can I obtain a brown bin?
When you move into a new home, the Municipality provides you with a brown bin.  To request one, please contact Compo Recycle at 450 882-9186 ext. 106.

We also provide bin repairs and replacements.

 

Small compost bin for the kitchen
You can purchase a small compost bin for your kitchen at the Ecocentre, for $11.

 

The current situation in Rawdon
The Municipality of Rawdon’s 2020 waste management report indicates that 65% of what is generated (waste, bulky items, construction material) on our territory ends up in a landfill. Collection, transport and landfill costs represent more than 60% of the total residual materials management budget.

Of the 2,900 tons of waste collected and buried in 2020, nearly half, or 1450 tons were organic materials (table scraps, soiled paper/cardboard, grass clippings, dead leaves, etc.). By simply sorting our organic materials into the brown bin, we can significantly reduce the quantity of landfilled waste and thus prevent the wasting of this resource.

 

Other sources:

Consult the Residual Waste Sorting Guide

Consult the 2022 calendar

To find out when collection takes place in your sector, check out the interactive map

 

For more information on waste reduction or the brown bin, please contact the Environmental Officer: 450 834-2596 ext. 7136

 

To compost is to aspire to a waste-free society: from the earth to the table and from the table back to the earth.  It’s the Circle of Life.