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Why Recycle Your Organic Waste?

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In Canada, nearly 26 million tons of waste is disposed of each year, of which about 11 million come from homes. These data place the country among the largest producers of waste in the world.¹

In the various waste found in households, 60%² is composed of organic matter. These, also called organic waste, consist mainly of food residues.

The problem with the overproduction of waste (much of which is made up of organic matter), is that when it is not recycled in homes or by municipalities, it is sent to landfills or to be incinerated. There, they emit powerful greenhouse gases responsible for climate change. It is therefore becoming urgent to take action against this issue, because by reducing the quantity of waste sent for disposal, we are also reducing the negative impacts on the environment.


The Landfills

A landfill is a place where residual waste is transported by truck to be buried in the ground. Then, when organic waste is buried, it is deprived of oxygen and therefore releases methane, a biogas 25 times more toxic than CO2 (especially emitted by cars). Among other things, this contributes to global warming.

For example, in Quebec, landfills are responsible for 6% of greenhouse gas emissions.³ Fortunately, some landfills are equipped with a system capable of capturing this methane to transform it into energy, called anaerobic digestion or biomethanization. On the other hand, quantities of gas manage to escape causing damage to the planet.

We also must not overlook the fact that some organic material contains liquid and that it becomes contaminated in contact with other waste, called leachate. Loaded with heavy metals and acids, they in turn pollute groundwater.

Finally, some landfills are nearing capacity. For example, the city of Montreal’s only landfill centre is expected to be full by 2029.⁴


Incineration

This process consists of burning the waste (including organic waste) to reduce their quantity. It generates many toxic gases harmful to the environment and only 3% of the waste eliminated is used to create electricity or heating.⁵


Some Possible Solutions

Reduce Food Waste

To address this issue, we must start by reducing at the source. Currently, in Canada, 63% of food waste that is still safe to eat ends up in the garbage or in the compost bin of citizens. This represents 140 kg of food per year for a single household, equivalent to $1,100.⁶ That said, if there is less food waste, less organic waste is produced that can be disposed of in landfills.

Recycle Your Food Waste

Instead of sending organic waste for disposal, one solution is to recycle (or recover) it. Here are some ideas: adopt home composting, participate in community composting, register for the municipal organic waste collection or get a device to transform your organic materials into natural fertilizer.


Now that we know all this information, it is easier to understand why it is important to reduce and recycle organic waste and the real impact that such a daily change can have on the environment.

Another important question to ask yourself is how to reduce food waste and recycle organic waste. We have discussed some possible solutions above. To dig deeper into the topic, we’ll soon be posting a second article that will go into more detail on different options that can help you make a difference.

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References

¹ Statistiques Canada, 2018.

² Recyc-Québec, 2018.

³ Radio-Canada, 2020.

La Presse, 2019

Statistiques Canada, 2008.

Recyc-Québec, s.d. 


By: Claudia Larose

Claudia Larose - Gestionnaire de communauté chez Tero

10 comments

May 12, 2021 • Posted by manon seguin

Avec vous un idée du montant d’électricité dépensé pendant un cycle . merci

May 06, 2021 • Posted by pierre nolet

je veux en commader un,comment on fait?
Pierre

Feb 22, 2021 • Posted by Suzanne Duval

Je veux acheter un Héro
Merci

Feb 12, 2021 • Posted by Pauline Riverin

J’ai très hâte de recevoir mon appareil commandé en prévente, en attendant je fais mon compost l’été et l’hiver je mets le tout dans de petits sacs de papier recyclables et envoie le tout au recyclage de la ville dans la poubelle brune.
À chaque fois je me dis que mon terrain et toutes mes plantes sont privées des nutriments que leur procureraient ces déchets et ça m’attriste.
Continuez votre beau travail.

Feb 12, 2021 • Posted by Jacynthe

Moi aussi j’ai acheté mon Tero en pré-vente il y a plus d’un an. Je comprends que le COVID a malheureusement ralenti le tout mais vous prévoyez la livraison à quel moment ?

Feb 01, 2021 • Posted by Renée Groleau

Bonjour, Vous faites encore des annonces pour vendre d’autres Tero. Moi j’en ai acheté un
au cout de 450$ voilà plus d’un an et je n’ai jamais recu le mien. J’aimerais recevoir une expliquation SVP. Merci.

Jan 28, 2021 • Posted by Hélène Plamondon

Informations très pertinentes et très encourageantes pour la poursuite du compostage. Merci

Jan 28, 2021 • Posted by claudette morrisson

J’ai très hâte de recevoir mon appareil TERO. Moi pour l’instant, je mets mes résidus alimentaire dans un récipient de 2 litres en plastique (2 sur le comptoir) et celà ne sent pas trop bon après 3 à 4 jours. L’hiver çà va dans la grosse poubelle brune de la ville, ca gèle et reste collé dans le fond, l’été ca reste dans le fond de la poubelle, juteux pis çà pu en…….J’espère que ne serais pas déçue car c’est appareil TERO est très dispendieux. Le point positif pour l’instant cest de de plus avoir de récipient sur le comptoir et de plus avoir de grosse poubelle brune (extérieur) qui pue. Le négatif, c’est le prix.
Continuer vôtre bon travail.

Jan 28, 2021 • Posted by Alain Gauthier

Nous attendons avec impatience notre appareil que nous avons commandé et payé. Également nous sommes disponible pour effectuer des ’’tests’’ ou essais pour participer à la mise au point de l’appareil.

Bonne journée,

Jan 28, 2021 • Posted by Francis Turbide

Merci ! très pertinent

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