The cost of waste management across the Argenteuil territory is close to $2.8 million per year, of which landfill disposal accounts for 59%. Most of Argenteuil’s municipalities send more waste for disposal than the average elsewhere in Québec. Almost 60% of the waste we generate is still sent to the landfill, and 34% of this waste is organic matter that could be otherwise composted or recycled.
Making all stakeholders responsible for waste management, reducing landfill waste, recycling or reclaiming as many materials as possible and innovating to find new opportunities are the objectives targeted by the MRC d’Argenteuil’s 2016-2020 Waste Management Plan (PGMR 2016-2020). To that end, thirty-six measures have been identified and detailed.
The fundamental goal is for only ultimate waste to be sent for disposal. To achieve this goal, Argenteuil has set the following quantitative goals for 2020:
The plan also includes banning all organic materials in landfills as of 2020.