Waste management: elected officials pleasantly surprised by Triom technology

A group of elected officials and professionals from the various municipalities of L’Érable traveled to Saint-Côme-Linière in Beauce to closely observe the Triom technological showcase developed by Viridis Environnement.

Triom represents a different option from the brown bin for recovering organic matter. It allows the organic matter to be extracted directly from the garbage bag and avoids a third collection. The forty representatives of L’Érable were all pleasantly surprised by the results demonstrated.

For more than a year, the MRC has been working with this technology, seeing several advantages in it, including the performance that makes it possible to capture 70% of the organic matter in the waste bin. The resulting compost can be used in agriculture or for mining revitalization.

Between 2017 and 2020, the MRC had also participated in a pilot project for mechanical biological sorting of waste (MBT), which had led to the conclusion of a higher recovery rate of organic matter and a quality of compost meeting the standards of the agricultural sector.

Major challenges

Among the current challenges facing the MRC de L’Érable is the amount of tonnage needed to break even. The 6,000 tons generated by the municipalities of L’Érable are not enough, forcing the MRC to create partnerships with neighboring regions.

Moreover, even if the TMB process in question is beginning to prove its worth, the MRC must convince the Government of Quebec of the merits of this technology since government royalties are only granted to municipalities implementing a source sorting.

“The MRC notes a certain inconsistency. On the one hand, the Government of Quebec has supported the development of this technology through assistance programs from the Ministry of the Economy and, on the other, regulations from the Ministry of the Environment and the Fight against climate change makes this technology ineligible for royalties. For L’Érable, it is an approximate sum of $200,000,” explains the prefect of the MRC de L’Érable, also mayor of Princeville, Gilles Fortier.

Several municipalities or RCMs in Quebec would also be waiting for approval or a change in regulations from the government since they are also interested in Viridis’ technology.

The MRC de L’Érable will have to make a final choice over the next few months to meet the obligations of the Strategy for the Valorization of Organic Matter, which requires municipalities to “implement the management of organic matter on 100% of the territory council by 2025”.

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