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Food waste collection: the citizens of Vaudreuil-Dorion off to an excellent start

The first three months of the food waste collection in Vaudreuil-Dorion resulted in 204,28 metric tonnes being diverted from landfill—an average of 19.75 kg (43.45 lb) per household.  

This new collection was implemented last October for single-family homes and buildings of four units or less. This represents approximately 25,860 citizens out of 38,834, in 2018, who had the possibility of contributing to food waste recovery.

“If we consider that this particular collection is new, the statistics are excellent! Getting people to change habits takes time. We just need to think back to the introduction of recycling some 25 years ago. I would like to thank the citizens of Vaudreuil-Dorion who are already using their brown bins. And, to those of you who, for whatever reason, have yet to jump on board, I would encourage you to join this collective effort to keep food waste out of the landfill,” stated Mayor Guy Pilon.

A second phase in the Fall

This coming October, the City plans to launch the second phase of the project—food waste collection for buildings of five units or more. This particular phase will begin as the frequency of regular garbage collection (black bin) changes to two-week intervals for single-family homes and buildings of four units or less. “Changing garbage collection to every two weeks is sure to drive people to use their brown bins. As such, it is probably best to start integrating this new habit into our daily lives now,” added the Mayor.

No plastic bags

Remember that it is prohibited to use plastic bags for food waste collection. This includes any and all plastic bags including biodegradable, compostable and oxo-biodegradable plastic bags. Such bags are a source of contamination and interfere with the production of quality compost.  

Only paper bags or bags created out of unwaxed newspaper or flyers are accepted in the brown bin. We invite you to view the origami video on the City’s YouTube channel (vaudreuildorioninfos) to learn how to fold newspapers or flyers into bin liners. Also note that using bags in the brown bin is completely optional. In fact, placing food waste directly in the bin is considered a better option.  

For tons of information on food waste collection, visit the Food waste section. If you still have unanswered questions, simply contact the Environment Section at 450 455-3371, Option 1 or environnement@ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.ca.