By Emilie Hackett, Special to the Record – Despite the City of Sherbrooke’s new mattress collection service at its two eco centres, announced in 2017 by the municipal council, and various charities’ sensitization efforts about reusing and recycling, streets all over the territory are strewn with old mattresses, couches, and pieces of furniture that will likely end up in landfills. “The citizens of Sherbrooke still produce around 34,000 tons of trash per year,” explained Mayor Steve Lussier in a statement earlier in the spring. In the hopes of helping to reduce the city’s ecological footprint, the municipal council passed a regulation allowing citizens to bring their old mattresses to eco centres. It was also announced in May that Sherbrooke residents will have to pay $3.5 M more this year due to an increase in tonnage of waste at the Valoris sorting plant. The two eco centres, located on Léon-Trépanier Street and Pépin Street, are free to use for all citizens. See full story in the Wednesday, July 10 edition of The Record.
By Emilie Hackett