STM - Society in motion
The first phase of the waste management plan’s implementation was carried out in 15 métro stations, from Frontenac to Atwater on the Green line, with the exception of Berri-UQAM, and from Champ-de-Mars to Georges-Vanier on the Orange line.
The second phase is already started in a dozen other stations, from Préfontaine to Honoré-Beaugrand on the Green line. Implementation of the plan in these other stations will take until early 2012.
In the wake of Québec’s Residual Materials Management Policy and of the Montréal Community Sustainable Development Plan 2010-2015, the STM followed suit by implementing its own waste management plan (PGMR) throughout the métro. The plan calls for gradually removing the 245 paper collection bins and 1 600 wall-mounted trash cans along passenger platforms and mostly replacing them with “islands” featuring two sections (trash and recycling) installed mainly at a station’s entrance/exit and along mezzanines.
Adhering to the 3RV principle of Reducing, Reusing, Recycling and Value-adding, some 1 000 of the 1 600 trash cans removed from platform walls will be reused to produce the new islands, thus preventing any more raw materials or energy from being used. This way, the trash cans, that were an integral part of the original metro station design, get a second lease on life. Furthermore, their stainless steel casing has proven durable over time.