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Written by Coop Les Valoristes


Country Canada

October 17, 2014


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We thought of celebrating after recycling 120,000 containers but then we surpassed that last week! The success of the temporary recycling shed belonging to the Valoristes’ cooperative in Quebec confirms the need for permanent recycling sheds like the ones that exist across most of Canada. It also shows how little the informal recyclers (valoristes) are valued. The valoristes significantly contribute to the recycling of containers and reducing the need for landfills. Thanks to the meticulous sorting and recycling done by the valoristes, the recycling materials that are collected are of good quality. The cooperative’s efficient and environmentally-beneficial work is a bonus to its important social function. Open until September 26, 2014, the sorting shed is open from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Monday, and accepts every type of marked plastic, glass or aluminum container. Several institutions and businesses have brought in their containers and donated the value of the material to the Valoristes’ Solidarity Cooperative. To find out more, check out our facebook page.