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Tube harvest: maple producers surpass expectations

PHOTO Fédération de lUPA de la Montérégie

At the end of November, maple producers in the Montérégie-Ouest held a four-day event to collect used plastic tubing in collaboration with CleanFarms, a non-profit environmental stewardship organization in Canada. In total, more than 27,600 kilograms of tubing, split almost equally between rigid and flexible types, were recovered – far exceeding the original objective of this innovative pilot project. The “harvest” was a first in the Haut-Saint-Laurent, Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and Beauharnois-Salaberry MRCs. Containers have also been installed at various establishments in the area due to the presence of the large volume of plastic accumulated over the years. The material collected during this event was transported to Environek, a recycler located in Saint-Malachie in the Chaudières-Appalaches region. The Montérégie-Ouest maple syrup union has stated that it hopes to continue with this project in coming years. (RP)

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