Recycling: Montreal sorting centre faces uncertain future

    MONTREAL, Jan. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Despite measures announced by the Quebec
government this week to ensure the continued existence of the province's
recycling system, the future of the largest sorting centre in Quebec, located
in Montreal and operated by Rebuts Solides Canadiens (RSC), looks uncertain.
    "With world markets for recyclables collapsing as a result of the global
recession and financial crisis, the RSC has lost substantial amounts of money
in the past three months and can no longer rely on expected revenues from the
sale of the materials to cover its operating costs," said Pierre Lemoine, CEO
of RSC."Unless the contracts signed with the Ville de Montréal and the Ville
de Laval are reopened soon, and given that the market for recyclable materials
is not expected to turn around for several more months, RSC must reconsider
whether or not to keep this facility, with its large deficit, in operation."
    The recycling sorting centre, located near Jarry Street, employs about
100 people and sorts nearly all the recyclables collected in Greater Montreal
(a population of nearly 3.5 million). It is one of the most modern and
efficient such centres in North America. Equipped with the latest
technologies, it has received major investments over the years, including
several million dollars in 2008. Part of the French group Tiru, the Montreal
facility is a paragon of state-of-the-art technology and performance.
    With almost no more openings to sell recyclables (paper, cardboard,
plastic and metal), RSC is now forced to store the materials in order to keep
them out of landfill sites. The 15,000 to 20,000 tonnes of paper currently in
storage alone occupies 85,000 square feet.
    "Since the government is prepared to allow it, our only hope is that
municipalities agree to reopen the contracts signed back when no one could
have predicted the global crisis, the effects of which are now threatening two
decades of progress in recycling. Without this openness on the part of the
municipalities, the linchpin in the recycling system, the sorting of waste for
industrial reuse, is in jeopardy," concluded Mr. Lemoine.

    About RSC

    Rebuts Solides Canadiens is a subsidiary of the French company Groupe
Tiru, which specializes in waste reclamation. It is active in France, the UK,
Spain and Canada. The Group's Canadian operations are primarily in Quebec and
New Brunswick, where the company owns a total of five waste reclamation
centres, including the one in Montreal, which processes close to 125,000
tonnes of waste annually.

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For further information: Laurent Pepin, (514) 843-2312

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