Quebec to provide composting services to all citizens and businesses by 2025
All Quebecers will have access to composting services come 2025 due to a new strategy by the provincial government.
Environment Minister Benoit Charette announced on Friday that Quebec is putting $1.2 billion towards a composting strategy expected to be implemented in its entirety by 2030.
In addition to providing composting services to citizens across the province, the plan is to manage composting in all industries, businesses and institutions by 2025 as well, in the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 270,000 tonnes per year by 2030.
“We are taking another step forward by investing $1.2 billion to divert organic matter from disposal sites and ensure their recovery, which will significantly contribute to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions,” Charette said in a statement.
“Thanks to the support of the government and the municipalities, the entire population as well as industries, businesses and institutions will be able to contribute to an even healthier management of our residual materials.”
Currently, only 57 per cent of Quebecers have access to food waste collection services. The province's waste totals in at 5.8 million tons per year, 60 per cent of which is organic matter.
The waste sector also emits around 4.55 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year and is the fifth largest contributor in the province.
The new strategy aims to adapt collection services as well as processing facilities to Quebec’s many regions. To promote composting and limit waste, the government is increasing landfill charges from $23.51 to $30 per ton.
The government claims that for this strategy to work, all actors, including those at the municipal level, must share responsibilities – and it says it plans on helping them better manage their green waste and improving their ecocentres to do so.
The plan also intends to allocate funds to programs that finance the management of organic matter, which will help boost green infrastructures. The government says this will help boost the province’s economic recovery.
*Fatima Dia, Freelance journalist in Beirut