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City announces costly composting initiative for Montreal homes

WATCH ABOVE: Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has unveiled an ambitious program to provide Montreal homes with a curb side composting service. Global’s Tim Sargeants reports.

MONTREAL – Mayor Denis Coderre has unveiled an ambitious program to provide two-thirds of all Montreal homes with a curb side composting service by 2019.

Just under 540,000 homes, including apartment buildings with eight units or less, will have access to the composting program.

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Right now, only 18 per cent of homes in the city have proper access to the service, a big difference from other cities and towns on the island.

But offering this service in Montreal doesn’t come cheap.

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Coderre anticipates it will cost $260 million to build four new composting centres so the city doesn’t have to send its composting to off-island centres in Joliette and Lachute.

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Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre wants to improve composting options on the island, Tuesday, August 11, 2015. Tim Sargeant/Global News

In addition to the new centres, it will cost $12 million to role out the new bins for residents and operating costs will be close to $165 million a year.

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But Coderre insisted not all of the costs will come from city tax payers, saying federal and provincial grants will offset some of the expenses.

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