We have all seen it at least once since the pandemic started. Disposable masks discarded on the sidewalk or parking lot. The Maison des jeunes de Brownsburg-Chatham, and the Maison des jeunes de Lachute youth centres have set up collection boxes in various public places in each community for people to put disposable masks in for recycling.
The two centres have partnered with a recycling company called Terracycle which collects the masks.
“It is not for the purpose of collecting money (fundraising) or anything else; it is only an environmental issue,” said Maison des jeunes de Brownsburg-Chatham Director Amélie Charlebois.
Argenteuil member of the Québec National Assembly Agnès Grondin’s office arranged for a contribution of $1,020, which was split evenly between the Maisons des jeunes in Brownsburg-Chatham and Lachute for the purchase of signage to advertise and promote mask recycling.
The Ville de Brownsburg-Chatham has also endorsed the disposable mask recycling program. The three drop boxes for recycling disposable masks in Brownsburg-Chatham are located at the Maison des jeunes building at 385 rue Principale, the Brownsburg-Chatham municipal office building at 300 rue de l’Hôtel-de-ville, and at the public library, located at 200 rue MacVicar.
In Lachute, disposable masks can be taken for recycling to the Maison des jeunes, located at 70 avenue Hamford, next to the Arena Kevin Lowe-Pierre Pagé during opening hours. The centre is open from Monday to Thursday from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m., on Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.