Case study: Waste Treatment Center
WASTE TREATMENT CENTER: CASE STUDY
Waste disposal, composting, waste recovery: explore the Régie de la Lièvre's green initiatives for a more environmentally-friendly community.
The Régie intermunicipale des déchets de la Lièvre is an organization that has been involved in the management of organic, recyclable and residual materials for almost 40 years, since 1985. It operates in the Upper Laurentians, more specifically in the Lièvre Valley, where it represents twelve municipalities in the Antoine-Labelle MRC. The organization plays an essential role in the region’s waste management.
Information on the Sustainable Community member
- Name: Régie intermunicipale des déchets de la Lièvre
- Sector: Waste Disposal
- Sub-sector : Environment
- Organization type : Municipality
- Location: Mont Laurier, QC, Canada
Régie Intermunicipale de la Lièvre’s climate challenge
The Régie intermunicipale des déchets de la Lièvre wants to reduce its carbon footprint. To this end, it has implemented a system for capturing and destroying biogas from its sanitary landfill and its engineered landfill.
How to take part and contribute to decarbonization?
Carbon reduction and monetization
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Carbon neutrality and net zero
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Actions implemented to decarbonize ecocenters
Joining the Sustainable Community
Carbon Footprint Assessment
listed buildings and infrastructures
types of GHG reduction projects developed
years of commitment
Numerous types of greenhouse gas reduction projects have been developed by the company to decarbonize its activities.
Unsurprisingly, the ecocenter’s projects relate to residual materials management (48 microprojects). The company has carried out projects in 4 main sub-categories:
#1: ?Mixed paper and cardboard diverted from landfill through recycling.
#2: ?Urban biomass diverted from landfill.
#3: ?Organic matter diverted from landfill (green waste and branches) through composting.
#4: ?Organic sludge diverted from landfill.
The Régie intermunicipale de La Lièvre is committed to the environment through a number of initiatives. In particular, the ecocenter:
- Manages waste responsibly in the region.
- Offers an ecocenter for citizens and member companies.
- Encourages sorting and recycling of materials.
- Offers composting services to reduce organic waste.
- Raises community awareness of sustainable waste management.
- Promotes community involvement in partnership with municipalities.
- Strictly complies with environmental and governmental standards.
- Goes beyond common practices and regulatory obligations to achieve waste and greenhouse gas reductions.
Thanks to these commitments, the social and environmental well-being of the region is strengthened. The company also ensures waste management in line with industry best practice.
“The experience with Will Solutions has been most satisfying, from every point of view!
First of all, the Sustainable Community project headed by Will Solutions enables our waste management center to generate additional revenue, thereby limiting the fees charged to its member municipalities. What’s more, Will Solutions helps us to reduce our production of greenhouse gases from waste, thanks in particular to various reports and projections of GHG reductions.
It’s also important to note that managing the Will Solutions project requires very little effort on our part, which we see as a positive aspect of the project. There’s no need to mobilize additional resources or time, which is very important for a medium-sized organization like ours.”
Jimmy Brisebois, General Manager and Clerk-Treasurer, Régie intermunicipale des déchets de la Lièvre
Decarbonization strategy results
tonnes of Co2e reduced (since 2010)
tonnes of Co2e reduced annually (2018 figures)
CAD repaid in one year (2023 figures)
The Eye of WILL: decarbonization issues for the waste management sector
Here are some key tips for companies in the recycling and waste management sector to help reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to the fight against climate change.
Main decarbonation strategies for waste management activities
1. Measure your carbon footprint: Start by measuring your current carbon footprint to understand the environmental impact of your waste management center. Then, establish a firm commitment to decarbonization by setting clear goals and developing a solid action plan to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. What’s more, Will Solutions can help you measure your annual carbon footprint and draw up an action plan!
2. Reduction at source: Encourage reduction at source by working with waste producers to minimize the amount of waste generated, for example by promoting recycling and reuse.
3. Selective sorting: Implement an effective selective sorting system to maximize the recovery of recyclable materials and reduce waste going to landfill.
4. Route optimization: Plan collection routes to reduce the distances covered by collection vehicles, thus minimizing fuel consumption.
5. Fleet electrification: Where possible, replace fossil-fuel-powered collection vehicles with electric or hybrid vehicles, thereby reducing CO2 emissions.
6. Renewable energy: Invest in renewable energy to power your waste management center’s operations, whether via solar panels, wind turbines, or other green energy sources.
7. Methanization: Explore the methanization of organic waste to produce biogas, a clean energy source, while reducing methane emissions.
8. Circular economy: Encourage the reuse and recycling of materials extracted from waste, creating a more sustainable circular economy model.
Operational excellence for waste management centers
9. Monitoring and reporting: Set up a regular monitoring system for greenhouse gas emissions and produce transparent reports to measure progress in reducing carbon footprint. In fact, this is part of our Sustainable Community service.
10. Collaboration: Collaborate with other stakeholders, including local authorities, businesses and communities, to develop innovative decarbonization solutions and share best practices.
11. Regulations and incentives: Stay informed about government regulations related to decarbonization and explore financial incentives to support your emissions reduction efforts such as the Will Solutions Sustainable Community.
12. Research and development: Invest in research and development to discover new, more environmentally-friendly technologies and waste management methods.
13. Training and awareness: Train staff in decarbonization best practices and raise awareness of the importance of reducing the center’s carbon footprint.
Ultimately, by implementing these key tips, your waste management center can make a significant contribution to decarbonization while promoting a cleaner, more sustainable environment.