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Why do we need to expand the engineered landfill site (ELS)?

The certificate of authorization, issued by the Ministry of the Ministère de l’Environnment et de la Lutte aux changements climatiques, currently in effect for the engineered landfill site, allows for a maximum of 755,000 m3 (approximately 595,000 tonnes of waste) to be buried. The first cell was built in 2009 and put into operation at the beginning of 2010. The last cells built began to be used in the summer of 2016. The permitted tonnage will be reached in the course of 2020. Given the short time frame before this deadline, the process to expand the engineered landfill site, in accordance with current regulations, was initiated in August 2017. We must aim for Zero Waste, because it is essential to preserve our resources. It will take a lot of time and effort to convince yourself and others to reduce your waste volume, as this requires significant changes in everyone’s lifestyle. Until we achieve this goal, we must properly dispose of our waste in impermeable engineered landfills that meet strict regulatory requirements.

.Where do the tons of residual materials sent to Valoris come from?

The tonnages come mainly from the Haut-Saint-François MRC and the City of Sherbrooke. There are also a few tonnages from other municipalities in the Estrie region. The user-pay system is the basis of the cost to be assumed by the Régie’s customers. The more tons of waste a customer transports to Valoris, the more he or she assumes the resulting expense of processing it.

Who is a member of the board of directors of Valoris?

The Board of Directors is composed of four (4) designated elected officials (including a substitute) from the Haut-Saint-François MRC and four (4) designated elected officials (including a substitute) from the City of Sherbrooke and the general manager from Valoris.

What are the advantages of having a board?

This association allows a synergy of financial and human resources. It also provides a critical amount of materials to be processed for the implementation of projects such as the multi-material sorting centre.

Why this partnership?

The Haut-Saint-François MRC has teamed up with the City of Sherbrooke to set up a multi-material waste sorting centre. This infrastructure makes it possible to extract recyclable materials that are recoverable from your waste bin and direct them to waste recovery systems and thus reduce the tonnage of waste buried. It also contributes to the economic development of the region.

What is Valoris?

Valoris is the commercial name of the Régie intermunicipale du centre de valorisation des matières résiduelles du Haut-Saint-François et de Sherbrooke. Valoris is owned jointly (50/50) by the Haut-Saint-François MRC and the City of Sherbrooke. It was created in 2010.

The environmental impact assessments are using 99 500 tons of waste material per year. Why such a high amount?

Answer: The figure of 99 500 metric tonnes was put forward as a worst-case scenario of tonnage. It is an extreme scenario. Between 2013 and 2017, the average annual landfill was 74 000 metric tons. Additionally, this estimate does not take into account Valoris’s residual waste factory, which could considerably reduce the amount of waste for landfill.

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