Composting & Recycling

When is a juice box not a juice box? When it can be recycled through a municipal program to be a park bench for an elementary school. As a society we're becoming more aware of how our own actions affect the world around us. Recycling and composting are methods for individuals to change the way that they interact with the world as a whole. It's very satisfying to know that you're own actions are doing something to benefit your environment, and getting the kids involved can make it an educational event for the whole family. At U.N.I.S, we'd like to facilitate the transition between inquirer and full-time practicer of recycling and composting methods. We've compiled a collection of information which we've found to be useful personally to our staff during the years, and links to information which might be of further use.

Helping the Community

Great improvement is being made today at the site of what was once Montreal's largest landfill. Since the closure of the landfill in 2001, which was constructed in the ditch of the old quarry, rehabilitation efforts have begun on the grounds.

Currently the site is home to the St-Michel Environmental Complex, as well as the Tohu School of Circus Arts, the Cirque du Soleil Theater, and the Gazmont Power Plant (powered in part by the biogases given off by the decaying waste material).

The ideal goal is a massive park almost as large as Mount Royal. Don't start packing a picnic right now, though – the plans for the park say it will not open until, at the earliest, 2030. That just goes to show how much of an impact landfills have on our environment and the strain they put on our habitat.

If you want to find out more about the St-Michel effort or arrange a tour for your camp, school, or organization you can find further information at