“My name is Marina and I have a neurological disorder that makes it difficult for me to find employment despite holding a degree in English Literature. My disorder affects the left side of my body and has given me some minor learning disorders which make me do many things at a slower than average pace. I also need a lot of rest. Collecting refundable cans and bottles is flexible work that allows me to respect my brain and body’s limits; I often use a shopping cart as a walker or cane replacement.”



Just after she was hired as a project manager for eco-quartier Peter-McGill, Marica receives several calls from businesses wanting to recycle their glass, metal and plastic. A few months after, she met Marina who picked refundable containers in a public garbage receptacle on the corner of Ste-Catherine West and St. Mathieu streets. She proposes to Marina the creation of a collection service to businesses wanting to recycle glass, metal and plastic refundable containers. They named the project: Projet Consigne

>>PROJET CONSIGNE: Similar to what is done in Vancouver and Brazil, but on a smaller scale, Projet Consigne was created in 2004 by Marina (valoriste) and Marica (project manager) eco-quartier Peter-McGill [2]. The project offers free collection points for refundable containers within businesses of downtown Montreal. Established in 2005, without advertising nor grant, the pilot project was developed with the help of a person having difficulty entering the labor market, in order to test the possibility of implementing a larger collection system to Downtown Montreal. [3] After 6 years there are nearly 110,000 containers were recovered by foot by Marina!>>



Launch of Projet Consigne – Marina (valoriste), Marica (Eco-quartier Peter-McGill) and Alex (Sustainable Concordia); Nearly 5,000 refundable containers picked up by Marina.


13479 containers were collected; more than twice as much as the previous year!


First meeting between Ken Lyotier of United We Can and Marica. Donation of $ 500.00 in clothes by Mountain Equipment Coop to Marina (MEC)


The provincial government decides to consider the abolition of the beverage container deposit system in the action plan of the Québec’s Policy plan for waste management (see Strategy 8) http://www.mddep.gouv.qc.ca /matieres/pgmr/plan-action.pdf

Visit to the recycling cooperative in Sao Paulo, Brazil – Cooperlazaro


20339 containers are diverted from landfills through Marina’s collection service: (Finally between 2005 and 2011, Marina has helped recycle 110,000 returnable containers!)

Visit to the recycling cooperatives in Sao Paulo, Brazil – Cooperlimpa and Cooperpires

July 2012:

The creation of the Coop Les Valoristes