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Free Compost for Everyone

Posted by Sarah / May 3, 2008

compostSpring in here, and I couldn’t be more excited about gardening season approaching. It’s finally time to plant my seeds and watch the little miracles grow. Living in the city, I don’t really have the space or means to make my own compost however. This year, instead of running down to the store to pick up some topsoil, I’m going to take advantage of the annual Montreal compost distribution.

On May 10th and 11th, show up at the St-Michel Environmental Complex between the hours of 8 AM and 6 PM to pick up your share of up to two big garbage cans full of compost. All you need is a proof of Montreal residency and your own tools necessary for pickup.

This compost is comparable to topsoil and is great to use for fill. The topsoil that you can buy is actually pretty bad for the environment because it has to be removed from a naturally rich and balanced piece of land in order to end up on those shelves at the store.

This compost is made up from the leaves and tree trimmings picked up by the city in the fall. Therefore, by using this compost, we’re actually reusing valuable organic waste that we pay to get taken away anyway.

The problem with such initiatives is that there’s very little market for it. I really think that we need to encourage the city to continue taking such great initiatives by actually taking advantage of them. For more information you can dial 311. Don’t forget to bring your own containers!

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Jon / May 4, 2008 at 10:26 am
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I wonder what's being done with the organic waste they're picking up from homes in Cote-Saint-Luc and the other boroughs that are testing compostable pick-up.
Sarah / May 4, 2008 at 10:34 am
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The Éco-Quartier of the borough could probably further inform you about that.
Robyn / May 4, 2008 at 02:53 pm
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Anyone know about the flower giveaways that the city does? I did it last year but I can't find the info anywhere about it for this year

Sarah / May 4, 2008 at 04:45 pm
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I believe there's going to be one taking place on May 16th at Place Émile-Gamelin (Berri-UQAM station). There are different distributions for every boroughs. You need to call them to register beforehand. You should therefore call Accès Montréal by dialing 311 or contact your local Éco-quartier for more details.
jeanne samin / May 10, 2008 at 11:49 pm
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does this only apply to resident of montreal island or people even in brossard can use of this oppurtunity
Sarah / May 11, 2008 at 08:01 am
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I think it's only for Montreal, but maybe Brossard has one of those programs available to it's residents as well.
Try calling 311 and they'll probably be able to further inform you about what's available in your area.
Good luck.
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