Hello! My name is Kira and I am the Éco-quartier NDG’s business surveyor this summer. I am visiting all of the restaurants, businesses, and services in the NDG and Loyola districts to do short surveys on their recycling habits. My main goal is to find out whether commercial establishments are using the recycling pick-up service offered by the city, as well as to discuss with them any issues that they have encountered.

One of the biggest issues that business owners are faced with is having the recycling collection day on Monday in the Loyola district. This is an issue because many businesses are closed on Sundays and/or Mondays, it is hard for them to find a time to put out their recycling. For example, many are closed Sundays and open only in the late morning on Mondays, usually once the recycling truck has already passed. Similarly, many businesses which are open on Sundays but closed on Mondays are forced to put their bins out Sunday evening upon closing. However, this is usually earlier than what is officially allowed; according to city by-laws, recycling bins must be placed out on the curb starting from 9 pm the night before the collection day. In light of this, many businesses have voiced a desire to have recycling pick-up day moved to Wednesday, or even to have both days available.

Another topic is the recycling bins themselves. Many businesses were unaware that they should have their own bins to put out on the curb. In fact, businesses are actually not allowed to use or share the recycling bins of apartment buildings. However, this is the case for many locations. Commercial establishments are allowed up to three recycling bins of any size. The bigger bins (360 litres) can be purchased through the Éco-quartier NDG, while the smaller ones (67 litres) can be picked up free of charge. So, if you have a business in NDG and you have any questions about recycling or the disposal of toxic materials, please do not hesitate to contact us!