Montreal’s new compost treatment centers were supposed to begin operations in 2019, but recent cost increases and the decision to relocate one of the planned composting facilities from the St-Michel Environmental Complex to the east-end Pointe-aux-Trembles—Rivière-des-Prairies has set the completion of the centers back more than a year to 2020.
Once the centers are completed and ready to begin operations, the city will start collecting organic waste from single-family homes and apartment buildings with eight units or less. The collected organics will then be transported to the composting centers for treatment.
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Figures from Montreal’s three-year capital works budget for 2017-2019 reveal four of the five treatment centres, originally slated to be in operation as of 2019, are now scheduled to be completed by December 2020. The price of the five installations has risen to $288 million, up from a projected cost estimate of $237 million given by the city two years ago.
The city says its plan to collect organic waste by 2019 from all single-family homes and apartment buildings with eight units or less, covering two-thirds of all residents, still stands. Organic waste will have to be transported to off-island compost treatment centres, as is the case now.
The city attributes the cost increases and delays primarily to changes caused by the decision, in 2014, to shift one of the planned composting plants from the St-Michel Environmental Complex to a new location in east-end Pointe-aux-Trembles—Rivière-des-Prairies after protests from residents in the St-Michel district.