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Visiting the Recycling Centre

Since my blog post about visiting Montreal’s Sorting Centre for Recyclable Materials, several people have written to ask how they can arrange for a tour of the facilities.

Visits to the sorting centre, which is part of the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (SMEC), are now managed by TOHU (better known for its circus activities).

Laurence Dupont from the tickets and guided tours office explained that the regular environmental tour has four components (order may vary):

  1. History of the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (SMEC) and the TOHU
  2. Visit of the TOHU Pavilion, a LEED GOLD Canada certified green building
  3. Visit to the lookout for a panoramic view of the complex
  4. Short visit of the Montreal Sorting Centre for Recyclable Materials. A more complete visit of the plant, where you get to see the sorting machinery in operation, is offered upon request. For safety reasons, participants have to be 18 or over.

Duration: 90 minutes (2 hours if visiting the sorting plant as well)

Reservations can be made for groups of 10 people or more. For individuals or smaller groups, they can add you on to another tour. There could be a slight wait, because they’ll do their best to match you to a group of similar “level” (for example, they might place adults with a university group) since the tour is adapted to the audience.

Tours are available in English or French. Visits are free for Montreal residents, otherwise the cost is $6 for adults and $4 for kids, and free for children under 6 (but not recommended). Special rates for social integration organizations.

For information, you can email visites.guidees@tohu.ca or call 514 374-3522, ext. 4000.

Visiting the city landfill

An equally interesting destination is the landfill in Terrebonne. Although a visit to the city’s garbage dump may sound boring, it’s actually quite fascinating (see my post “A visit to where our garbage really goes“).

See their website (French only) for more information about tours and activities. You can also email André Chulak or call 450 474-7222.

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