Starting October 20, "for a greener, cleaner Verdun" - New collection procedures for residual materials



    VERDUN, QC, Aug. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - When Mayor Claude Trudel met with the
local media today, he announced that new collection procedures for residual
materials will come into effect on October 20, throughout Verdun Borough
territory, to reduce garbage production, in the interest of sustainable
development.
    Determined to make Verdun "a greener, cleaner" community, the Mayor said
that from now on, there will be only one collection, per week, for recyclables
and garbage, and only one monthly pick-up for bulky items. As for big boxes on
the Borough's main commercial arteries, however, collections will continue
twice a week. In addition, collections of residual materials will be carried
out by sector, and each sector will have its own specific day.
    "By dividing the Verdun territory into sectors and spreading the
collections of residual materials over four days, we have been able to
continue providing residents with quality service, while avoiding cost
increases, as would have probably been the case had we maintained our current
procedures," pointed out Mayor Claude Trudel.
    "We're asking all Verdunites to act responsibly in order to reduce the
amount of garbage sent to landfill sites and to increase the cleanliness of
public roads. We will all take pride in making Verdun cleaner and greener,"
stated Ginette Marotte, City Councillor and Chairperson of the Verdun
Borough's Environment Committee.

    Each sector has its own collection day

    The weekly collections of recyclables and garbage will be carried out on
a different day in each of the Borough's four (4) sectors:

    
    - Mondays, in Sector 1, which covers the L'Ile-des-Soeurs
neighbourhood
      and the Crawford Park area (between Fayolle and Leclair)
    - Tuesdays, in Sector 2, located between May and de L'Eglise, and also
      including rue Wellington, from end to end
    - Wednesdays, in Sector 3, located between Galt and Desmarchais
    - Thursdays, in Sector 4, located between Melrose and Stephens
    

    Residents will have to put out their residual materials on the same day
as the collection, between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m.

    Bulky items: each sector has its own Friday pick-up

    Collections of bulky items (a maximum of five bulky items per pick-up)
will be carried out once a month, on Fridays, depending on the sector:

    - Sector 1: on the 1st Friday of the month
    - Sector 2: on the 2nd Friday of the month
    - Sector 3: on the 3rd Friday of the month
    - Sector 4: on the 4th Friday of the month

    Big boxes

    Big boxes will be collected on Tuesdays (7 p.m. - 9 p.m.) and Thursdays
(7 p.m. - 11 p.m.), on Verdun's commercial arteries: boulevard LaSalle as well
as Wellington, de l'Eglise and de Verdun streets, avenue Bannantyne, Place du
Commerce and chemin du Golf.

    Roll-out containers or bags?

    All residents in the L'Ile-des-Soeurs neighbourhood, and those living in
the area bounded by Crawford Park (from Fayolle to Leclair), will be obliged
to use a blue roll-out container for disposing of their recyclables and a
black roll-out container for their garbage. These roll-out containers will be
distributed to each household, September 22 - October 17, by the company that
has been awarded the residual materials collection contract. A pocket folder
containing relevant information will be placed inside the containers.
    As for residents in other sectors of the Borough, who live in buildings
with 8 housing units or less, they will have to continue using blue bags for
recyclables and black bags for garbage. Verdunites living in buildings with
9 housing units and over will have to continue using roll-out containers, both
for recyclables and for garbage.
    In order to encourage residents to cut down on the ultimate amount of
their garbage, it has been agreed to supply them with a roll-out container of
larger capacity than the one for garbage.
    "These measures are a must if we want to reach the recovery and
conversion objectives of 60% for residual materials, as announced in the
1998-2008 Québec Residual Materials Management Policy," stated Mayor Trudel,
in adding, as a reminder, that recycling has been compulsory, throughout the
Borough's territory, since 2004.

    To find out your waste collection sector and the new procedures

    The Verdun Borough has produced an explanatory leaflet, along with a map
that identifies and defines the boundaries of the collection sectors.
    This printed information will be inserted in the next Activities and
Services Directory, Fall-Winter 2008-2009 edition, which will be delivered to
each household during the week of August 25. We encourage you to pull it out
and keep it handy for future reference.
    Other information tools will be developed as needed.

    Various information sources at hand

    To obtain additional information or to find out the rules and regulations
related to these new procedures, residents may consult the Borough's website
(ville.montreal.qc.ca/verdun) or contact the Accès Verdun office, either in
person, at 4555 rue de Verdun, Suite 102, or by phoning 3-1-1.
    The specialists at La Maison de l'environnement, 673 - 1ère Avenue, are
also available to inform or advise residents on the best environmental
practices. They may be reached by phone, as well, at 514 765-VERT(8378).
    And lastly, the Borough's big tent continues to make its rounds in the
three neighbourhoods, in order to increase residents' awareness of the
importance of recycling and waste reduction. Full information on the new
procedures for residual materials collections will be available there.




For further information:

For further information: Francine Morin, Responsable du protocole et des
relations publiques, Verdun Borough, (514) 765-7282, francine.morin@verdun.ca;
Source: Verdun Borough; ville.montreal.qc.ca/verdun


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