What Happens to all the Trash?

What Happens to all the Trash?

Behind the scenes at the Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ), near the VIP lodges where artists are getting ready for their performances, a group of employees are getting their hands dirty by performing a difficult but rather essential task for the environment.

They are sorting the recyclable matter collected on the site after the shows.

On Friday morning, the 30 huge transparent plastic bags filled with trash was a small collect. Dozens of environmental soldiers and Laval University students started cleaning the mess left behind by the festival-goers, picking up garbage from the Plains of Abraham and the streets of Quebec.

The trash collected is brought in the mini-sorting centre where a small team of a dozen or so people sort plastic, aluminum, glass, cardboard, compost, and non recyclable materials for 8 to 16 hours every day. The bin for cans is the one that fills up faster than any other, which means festivalers drink more beer than water.

Ecologistik, specialized in responsible events, obtained the FEQ contract for to manage the recycling materials and others.

The organization brought many innovations such as compost bins for the lodges and bistros as well as separated garbage bins for garbage, recyclable material, and compost.
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LifeinQuebec.com Staff Writer

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