The city of Montreal has chosen an industrial sector in Rivière-des-Prairies/Pointe-aux-Trembles (RDP-PAT) to relocate one of its planned composting centers that was originally slated for the St. Michel district and triggered strong opposition by many residents.
The site is located at the intersection of Metropolitain and St-Jean-Baptiste Boulevards. Montreal mayor Denis Coderre said the site is located 1.5 km away from homes and near major highways and should avoid the concerns of increased pollution, odors, and truck traffic that were expressed by St. Michel residents. Coderre also said since it's city-owned land, there won't be extra costs or major decontamination work.
Coderre promised measures for household organic waste collection though he couldn't provide a timeline.
"It's not just a matter of RDP-PAT. It's for every borough that I would encourage (organic waste) collection. To do so, we'll put up the resources and also with the action plan specifically," Coderre told a news conference at Montreal city hall.
"That's what you call parameters, the harmonization of norms, standards."
The official opposition party Projet Montreal is not happy with the new site.
The party said the east end has more than its share of such industrial and waste management plants, disrespecting a promised balance on the island. It also claimed that the site won't be modified and will mean more odors and truck traffic for residents.
Leader Richard Bergeron was more blunt, saying Coderre is doing favours for colleagues in his party.
"All that is small politics," Bergeron said.
The four other composting centers are located in St. Laurent, LaSalle and Montreal-East. The LaSalle facility should be up and running in 2024 while the rest will be open earlier in 2019. Construction costs are pegged at $237-million with some of the costs - $130-million - coming from the provincial and federal government.
The new site should be tabled and approved by council in August with public consultations in the fall.