Garbage and recycling
Everything you want to know about pick-ups
For detailed information about all types of pick-ups available in Mount Royal, visit our pages:
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Dog waste disposal: it's in the bag
Dog pollution is a chief source of pedestrian discontent. Dog owners, please be reminded that you must pick up after your dog with a small bag at all times and in all places. After doing so, please close the bag and put it in a waste container, not in a street gutter.
Town of Mount Royal sees this as an opportunity for you to contribute to the quality of the environment by using biodegradable bags. Bags similar to the ones that we give out as samples every year when you renew your dog licence are available yearlong at Safari Pet Shop, at Rockland Centre.
Thank you for maintaining the quality of our environment!
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You and your garbage
Would you like to minimize you family’s contribution to the pollution caused by escalating garbage? You should know that every little bit helps.
Waste reduction at source is always the first avenue to explore: Refrain from buying overpackaged products such as snack-size items, agree to carry your groceries without plastic bags when unnecessary and reuse containers or bags that are handed to you when applicable.
Several other measures can be applied by all to reduce, reuse, recycle and reclaim (4Rs):
- Put only recyclable materials in your recycling bin: paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and metal. Warning!! Styrofoam cannot be recycled.
- Take advantage of store deposit return programmes and return beverage containers to maximize recovery rates.
- Make sure you dispose properly of other items that are not suitable for the recycling bin, such as:
- Tires (recycled by car dealers)
- Household hazardous waste (HHW): two annual (spring and fall) pick-ups in Mount Royal in the arena parking lot
- Clothing and other textile products (Salvation Army recycling bell north of the arena)
- Numerous and various items (toys, books, cassettes, discs, musical instruments, sports equipment) that can be given, sold or placed in the Salvation Army recycling bell or donated to any other charity
- Dead leaves: placed in piles by the curb, they will be picked up by the Town for composting
- Garden refuse: a weekly yard trimmings collection has been set up specifically for this
First and foremost, remember that the least-polluting and easiest-to-manage waste is still the waste you haven’t produced!
The Decomposition Rate of your Garbage
The following is information found on Internet concerning the decomposition rate of litter:
- Paper: 2 - 4 months
- Orange peel: 6 months
- Wool sock: 1 - 5 years
- Waxed paper cup: 5 years
- Cigarette filter: 10 - 12 years
- Diaper: 10 - 20 years
- Shoe: 25 - 40 years
- Nylon product: 30 - 40 years
- Running shoe sole: 50 - 80 years
- Tin can: 80 - 100 years
- Aluminium can or tab: 200 - 400 years
- Plastic six-pack holders: 450 years
- Glass bottle: 1 million years
- Monofilament: non biodegradable
- Styrofoam: non biodegradable
- Plastic bottle: non biodegradable
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