With the new food waste collection program in full swing, residents often ask us where the collected food scraps are being sent.
Currently, the table scraps that Montrealers put in their brown bins are being sent to Saint-Thomas in the Lanaudière region. The food scraps received are placed in a huge pile and eventually become compost.
Unfortunately, all of that transportation causes greenhouse gases. The original plan with the food waste collection was to keep and treat the table scraps on the island of Montreal, but the factories that will treat the food waste were not built in time.
The City of Montreal expects the first new biomethanization center to be open and ready to receive food scraps within the next 3 years. That will greatly reduce the greenhouse gases created by transportation, as well as the methane gas that is created when food is put in landfill.