Quebec municipalities drowning in recyclables

We may be a long ways away from looking like a scene in Wall-E, but many Quebec municipalities currently find themselves with plenty of recycling and nowhere to put it.

Since China began blocking the import of recyclable materials, Quebec has been swimming in it. About 60 per cent of the material collected in the province was sold to the country overseas.

Several municipalities have been having trouble keeping up with the mounting stack of paper, glass and metal. Sorting centres are full and the companies contracted to pick it all up are asking for more money.

According to La Presse, Longueuil, Sherbrooke, Chambly, Saint-Basile-le-Grand and Mont-Saint-Hilaire have all received letters from their contractors asking the deals be renegotiated, saying they are losing money because the global market has dried up.

The Mayor of Saint-Basile-le-Grand told the newspaper that a deal is a deal, and no negotiations will take place. Because of this, residents may not have their recycling picked up Thursday morning. 

A similar situation was reported in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, while out in Sherbrooke the sorting centre closed its doors at the beginning of June.

In Montreal, the city is spending $27 million to keep its recycling sorting centre operational under the new stress until a new one opens in Lachine in 2019.