My brown bin
Brown bin collection
About My brown bin
According to RECYC-QUÉBEC, more than half of our waste bins are made up of organic material. In 2010, it was established that, per person, we put 151 kilograms of organic material into our trash bins per year. When these materials are buried, they decompose without oxygen, thus producing important greenhouse gas emissions as well as other compounds harmful for the environment and our health.
Quebec’s waste management policy is aimed at increasing our recycling of organic material to 100% by 2020. It will therefore be impossible to bury these materials anymore, and fines will be levied if the municipalities continue to do so. This is the reason why the Town of Sutton is establishing a brown bin program.
Why a brown bin, since I already do my own composting?
The brown bin should be considered as a complement to domestic composting. Our research tells us that domestic composting isn’t practised by everyone and that it doesn’t include all the organic waste produced by a household. For example, domestic composters can’t handle meat, fish, fatty and sweet food, soiled paper and cardboard or weeds that have gone to seed—items that can go into the brown bins. A family that composts will deposit 1.5 kilograms to 2.5 kilograms of organic material in its brown bin. Plus, the bins are more readily accessible than composters that sit at the other end of the yard! Indeed, for now, door-to-door brown bin collection is the only option for a complete waste management of all our organic material.
What will happen with the collected waste?
The collected waste will be taken to the composting platform run by the Régie intermunicipale de gestion des matières résiduelles de Brome-Missisquoi (RIGMRBM, Brome-Missisquoi’s intermunicipal board for waste management), which is located in Cowansville. The brown bin contents will be added to wood and other green waste, then piled outside in windrows (for drying and curing). These will be turned over regularly which will accelerate the decomposition process and allow materials to reach a high enough temperature to kill seeds, weeds and pathogens. Finally, once the compost matures, it will be sieved.
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