Côte Saint-Luc partners with two more schools to collect organic waste

Côte Saint-Luc, June 2, 2010 – Four schools in the City of Côte Saint-Luc now use the city’s organic waste collection service to dispose of food scraps, paper towels and other organics generated by students and teachers.

The two latest schools to launch organic waste programs are École de la Mosaique on McMurray Ave. and Merton School on Merton Rd. They join Bialik High School and the Jewish People's Peretz School (JPPS) Children's Centre who previously launched similar waste-diversion efforts.

“Côte Saint-Luc has been a leader in residential collection of organic waste and now we are expanding to include institutions like schools,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “We’re not only diverting more waste in certain schools. We’re also creating ambassadors for the city who will then help teach or remind their parents what goes inside the brown bin, the blue bin and the garbage bin.”

École de la Mosaique on McMurray Ave. launched officially its organic waste program on May 18, 2010. The school has small kitchen collectors in its classrooms where teachers and students dispose of used paper towels, food scraps, and other organic waste. A student from the class empties the contents of the kitchen collector to a large brown bin every day. A janitor brings the brown bins to the curb on collection day and city crews cart it away.

“Students have been very excited to learn what items to put in the brown bin or composter,” said Isabelle Boivin, the principal of École de la Mosaique. “They are able to go home and tell their parents how things like fruit and vegetable peels, paper napkins, and food scraps are transformed into compost that can be used in gardens. It is always fun for students to be able to teach their parents things they didn’t know.”

The school also puts some of its organic waste into its own backyard-style composter, which produces compost for the school garden. École de la Mosaique, which is part of the Marguerite Bourgeois school board, is the first French-language public school on the island of Montreal to launch such a program.

Students at Merton School on Merton Rd. have been disposing of organic waste since February 5, 2010. All eating areas, washrooms, and classrooms have brown bins, which students use to dispose of their banana peels, sandwiches and other organic waste. Côte Saint-Luc collects the organic waste from Merton School every week.

In addition to the two elementary schools, Bialik High school launched a similar program on January 5, 2009. The school cafeteria is now equipped with a brown bin so students can dispose of their left-off lunch and other organic waste. Côte Saint-Luc also collects the organic waste from Bialik High School.

Also, the Jewish People's Peretz School (JPPS) Children's Centre (daycare) has been disposing of organic waste in brown bins since September 2009.

Côte Saint-Luc has helped the schools launch their organic waste initiatives by providing for free the brown bins, kitchen collectors, collection services, composters, and for other technical assistance.

Côte Saint-Luc also collects organic waste from its 4,900 single-family homes and duplexes every week. In 2009, residents of the City of Côte Saint-Luc helped divert away from landfill 1,068 metric tons of organic waste.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

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