July 6, 2022

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South Shore of Montreal | 100 million to process more organic matter

South Shore of Montreal |  100 million to process more organic matter

More organic matter can be processed by expanding a major biomethanization plant at Varennes on the south coast of Montreal. Work to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 13,000 tons per year, equivalent to just 3,800 cars.

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Eric-Pierre Champagne

Eric-Pierre Champagne
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Federal and provincial governments on Monday announced an investment of just $ 65 million for the expansion of the Society d’Ecology Mix‌te de l’Eist de la Coronne sud (SEMECS) facilities. The $ 100 million project will receive a maximum of $ 25.2 million from the federal government and $ 40 million from Quebec.

The expansion project, in particular, will enable the processing of organic matter from the Longueil complex and its 455,000 inhabitants. In five years, SEMECS will be able to process 120,000 tons of organic matter per year.

At full capacity, the plant will be able to supply energy with 4 million cubic meters of biogas from the biomethanization process of organic matter.

The project follows an agreement between SEMECS and the cities in the Longueil complex to treat reclaimed organic matter in their territories. The mayor of Longueuil, Catherine Fournier, agreed at a press conference that there was still “a lot of awareness and education to be done with the citizens”. She recalls that the city has been collecting garbage exclusively every two weeks to encourage households to use their brown bins on a regular basis. Organic matter is collected weekly.

Minister for the Fight Against Environment and Climate Change, Benoit Charrett, recalled that Quebec wants to recycle at least 70% of organic matter by 2030.

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Shares are high, especially in Greater Montreal as Quebec is having trouble landfilling its waste. Better performance in the restoration and treatment of organic matter will help the Province to improve its balance sheet.