Soon compost in all schools?

Soon compost in all schools?

The collection of compost has been desired for many years in the schools of the service center.

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Isabelle Pion La Tribune Compost collection in schools should be extended to all schools in the Sherbrooke Region School Service Center (CSSRS), recommends the City of Sherbrooke's environment committee. It is estimated that 125 tonnes of material could be diverted per year if collection were extended to the territory of the service center.

The president of the environment committee, Karine Godbout, shared this recommendation with elected officials on Monday evening during the municipal council meeting. Ms. Godbout made an intervention when the minutes in which the results of the organic waste collection pilot project appear have been tabled.

She also stressed that this is a partial assessment, since two data sets instead of three were carried out due to the pandemic.

The collection of compost has been desired for many years in the schools of the service center. The pilot project was launched in 2019 in 16 CSSRS schools. The City provides the bins and support for schools.

“There is a very strong enthusiasm for schools. We even had to refuse some schools when the pilot project was launched. This project will have favorable impacts on our greenhouse gas emissions if we divert organic matter, but also on our residual materials fees because we will have a better performance of the territory. Of the 16 schools, almost 100 bins are in circulation and it is about an average weight of three tonnes per school that have been diverted, according to partially collected data, ”said Ms. Godbout.

It is estimated that 125 tonnes could be diverted if the collection was extended to some 37 schools, spread over 41 sites. “When you treat and divert organic matter, one ton processed equals $ 80,” she noted.

COVID-19 brings “a look of docking”, she also said, alluding to the multiple constraints of COVID, which greatly affect the school environment.

The next step to come would be to start discussions with the CSSRS.

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