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Ste-Anne to collect organic waste from John Abbott, McGill campuses

Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue has agreed to pick up organic waste — and the subsequent tab — at John Abbott College and McGill University’s Macdonald campus.

On Monday, city council awarded a $11,700 contract to a firm that will collect organic waste materials at the two institutions that share a campus on Lakeshore Rd. from this August until March 2016. The contractor is to carry out 44 collections per year.

Ste-Anne, as a part of this partnership, will provide the two educational facilities with 18 brown 240-litre rolling bins and 26 brown 120-litre bins. The deal is in line with the city’s sustainable development plan, which aims to promote the collection of organic materials with local institutional partners.

Last month, Ste-Anne started weekly residential organic waste curbside collections.

At John Abbott, officials said the organic waste collections aimed at composting meet the green ideals of its campus community.

The idea is to be good stewards of the earth by composting, said Josée Lanouette, head of JAC’s facilities management services health, safety and sustainability department.

“We have a huge food services department and it helps us better manage our waste,” she said. “We have a cafeteria and a Munch Box, which is more fast-food. Both have the potential of generating organic waste which is compostable. Even the basic coffee and our carry-out containers, our soup bowls are all considered compostable material.

“It would be great to get this of the ground and really work hard with the student body, a growing education program, and really keep the ball rolling for municipal composting,” she continued.

Meanwhile, Lanouette said the college managed to collect about 300 pounds of organic waste over four days during a national basketball tournament it hosted this past March, with the city of Dorval furnishing bins and agreeing to pick up the material for the event.

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