Published October 7th 2010

Towards a Greener Result

In spite of all our goodwill and all the funds dedicated to recycling over the last 15 years, the rate of municipal waste recycling barely reach 40% if we take into account the waste that recycling centers send themselves to landfill.

Waste generation, increased by demographics and increasing waste generation per capita, grows faster than the reduction that result from all efforts to reduce and recycle waste; the net quantities of municipal waste sent to landfill increases year after year. Therefore, it is really 60% of residual waste that is sent to landfill each year. And this percentage is now increasing by 3% each year. It becomes urgent to well analyse the current situation, so as to invest in proper green technologies that will insure complete and guarantied final solution.

As an example today, in province of Quebec, municipalities are asking a new effort by managing a third waste bin and to support an additional $650 million expense to implement technologies to transform organic materials into methane and compost. The goal is to eliminate completely the landfill of organic matters in order to eliminate GHG from waste decomposition.

The last 15 years, since recycling was introduced, have taught us that the results that are hoped for, did not materialize. How could we simply imagine introducing an other collection, on top of the others, will result in better result or simply equivalent to recycling? The mean is simply not the one that would have any potential of success in reaching that 100% organic diversion goal. Reality will be the opposite… but the astronomical investment cost in comparison to the total weight of organic wastes diverted will remains for generations.

• Would it be not better to invest in a solution which offer 100% guaranty of result?

• A solution that is a normal legitimate service to the tax payer like any other public service?

• A solution that gives the best returns on investment and which is a better use of public money?