The arrival of Spring is often an opportunity for many citizens to clean up their homes from top to bottom, put away winter clothes and sort out their closets and garages.
Many items end up in the recycling bins because people think they belong there. Even if, on the surface, certain materials appear recyclable, it’s not always the case. Meanwhile, items that should go in the recycling bin all too often end up in landfills.
Over 1.2 million tonnes of recyclable materials
According to a sector report produced by Recyc-Québec in February 2021, there are many materials that could be reused, recycled, and recovered today, that are still being disposed of in Quebec.
The document records that the province sent more than 1.2 million tons of recyclable materials to landfill in 2019-2020 alone. The Recyc-Québec document states that 545,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard, 458,000 tonnes of plastic, 142,000 tonnes of metal and 76,000 tonnes of glass were “disposed of” in Quebec, when these materials could have been recovered in Quebec or elsewhere.
For almost twenty years, Ricova has been finding companies that will transform recyclable materials and give them a new use.
Tools available for you!
As you sort through all the stuff that has accumulated in the garage over the winter months, are you wondering whether or not it belongs in the recycling bin? Check out Recyc-Québec’s “Where does it go?” tool to find out.
Do you really have a lot of recyclables? It’s also possible to rent a container for a short period – find out more! Our experienced advisors are specially trained to help you make the right choice for your needs!