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Mess-free Compost!

In 1998, the Quebec government decided to talk trash. They wanted to divert a good 60% of waste from landfills by this year i.e. 2008. This includes stuff that's compostable, recyclable and reusable.
Guess where we're at? 7%
Yup, 7% of all the stuff that's compostable ends up somewhere other than a landfill. That's ALL. Most of that number is made up of discarded Christmas trees and autumn leaves.
The city of Montreal blames a lack of funding and resources (even though they're finally set to launch pilot projects in various boroughs this summer and fall).

One Montrealer, Stephen Mcleod, got sick of waiting. He launched his own compost pick up service called Compost Montreal. If you think compost is icky or time- and space-consuming, Stephen Mcleod is willing to bet that for $5 that he can change your mind.

Watch the video here

What you get for your $5 a week

Mcleod or one of his buddies will show up on a pre-determined evening and drop off a bucket (which is itself recycled. Compost Montreal uses white restaurant buckets that they get from cafeterias).
The bucket will be lined with a pretty green compostable bin liner. These babies are made from corn and break down within 45 days to the same earth-feeding nutrients as your veggie peels and fruit.
Mcleod will swing by your place once a week and pick up your compost.
Here's a man after my own heart! (In my house, cleaning smelly compost bins is my job! Echh!)
You think this is it, dontcha?
Nope, there's MORE!

Mcleod drives your rotting veg to a site managed by the Department of Parks and Horticulture. There it joins tons more organic waste in a great big compost facility. The compost thus created is used in parks and forestry projects. And every year, the Ministry makes a little available to the public for gardening projects. So, for your SAME $5 a week, Mcleod will actually home deliver some finished, fresh smelling compost that you can use on houseplants. (Of course, if you don't want any just let him know and your share will go to someone who can use it).

Okay, I have to admit, the last time $5 bought this much, my father still had all his hair! Umm hmm.
Obviously, doing your own compost is the cheapest option (because it's free). But for those of us who don't have backyards or are freaked out by the idea of worms, is $5 a reasonable fee for all that Stephen Mcleod's "Compost Montreal" provides?
Would you be willing to pay $5 to keep your organic waste out of landfills?
Send me a comment and join the discussion!
PS: For those of you who may not be aware of this: organic waste in landfills is often not exposed to enough bacterial and other microbial activity. Therefore it DOESN'T biodegrade the way it would if it was merely buried in soil. Because our landfills tend to be so full of toxic stuff, engineers try to make them as impervious to the elements and microbes as possible. Which is good to keep the icky stuff contained, but terrible as well because organic waste just sits there for ages!

If you'd like to contact Stephen Mcleod, you can check out his website: www.compostmontreal.com or call his company at (514) 690-5773 (just ]updated this number as of Jan 22, 2009).
Also, if you want a little help getting started, Stephen is offering you a rebate. There's a coupon in the Guide Rabais Conscience Verte that allows you to get 50% off the first month if you sign up for 3 months. That's 14 weeks of service for $60!

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Charlotte Fata


What a great idea!
All that organic material going to waste in landfills makes me sad :'(
Hopefully services like this will catch on throughout the rest of Canada (and beyond!)

Posted June 10, 2008 08:13 PM


Nice article

Posted February 28, 2009 10:05 AM

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