Recycling at Home and at School

Recycling means separating garbage so that some parts of it don’t go to a garbage dump, but are sent to factories to be remade into new products. Recycling saves energy and means that fewer natural resources are used. We commonly recycle metal, glass, plastic and paper in Montreal, plus some other things.

» Recycling at Home

In Montreal, you can recycle a lot of things. You are supposed to separate paper from the other things. Here’s what you can put in your green box:

Fiber (paper)
  • newspapers
  • flyers (advertising)
  • paper (staples are OK)
  • envelopes (windows are OK)
  • cardboard boxes
  • cardboard tubes
  • telephone books
  • books

Make sure the paper is clean – no food particles.

  • glass (any colour, you don’t need to remove the label, but rinse clean)
  • milk and juice cartons (rinse clean)
  • metal cans of all kinds (rinse clean)
  • hard plastic (not #6, rinse clean)
  • plastic bags (clean, put in a bag together)

Make sure everything is clean.

  • spray cans
  • household items
  • mirrors and windows
  • light bulbs
  • dishes
  • plastic wrap
  • styrofoam
  • padded envelopes
  • dirty paper

If you live in a house or a small apartment building, you can get a green box or bags (depending on your neighbourhood). There is a pick-up once a week in most places in Montreal. If you live in larger apartment building, the building should have recycling bins in the same place where you put the garbage.

To get a green recycling box for your home, go to the nearest City of Montreal Éco-Quartier office, or an office of Accès-Montréal. Click here to get list of Éco-Quartier offices.

» Recycling at School

At Concordia, there are recycling bins for paper and for containers in the hallways. You can put all kinds of cans and bottles in the container bins. Please rinse your juice and pop containers before putting them in the bins. DO NOT PUT GARBAGE in the bins. There are garbage bins for things that have food on them, and non-recyclable items like coffee cups. If you buy coffee everyday, consider bringing a re-usable coffee cup to school. Take it home and wash it every day, you can avoid wasting a lot of paper cups. Did you know that 2,300,000 coffee cups are thrown away every year at Concordia University?

Level 5 Students Recycling Project (needs Flash)

» Batteries and Dangerous Garbage

If you have uses batteries (rechargeable or regular), you should not throw them in the garbage. Batteries contain poisonous heavy metals like mercury (Hg) and cadmium (Cd) which cause serious pollution. In Montreal, there are many places where you can take your old batteries so that they are recycled safely. At the photo counter in the Jean Coutu drugstore under the CL building (on the corner of Ste. Catherine and St. Mathieu), there is a box where you can put your old batteries. Also near our school, you can take them to the City of Montreal Éco-Quartier Office at 1414 Pierce Street (the small street between Guy and St. Mathieu that connects Ste. Catherine and de Maisonneuve). You can also give you old batteries to your teacher: there is a battery recycling box in the teachers’ room.

For other dangerous garbage, like paint, or chemical liquids, special care must be taken. DO NOT pour them in your sink!

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