The “Quartier Des Spectacles” is a major urban revitalization project in the center of Montreal with an urban investment of 147 M$. It involves the completion of all underground and above-ground utilities as well as the complete redesign of streets, sidewalks and public spaces, in order to meet the most significant innovations regarding environmental standards. It is also host to a number of large outdoor events, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the largest Jazz Festival in the world.
As the City had to revamp one square kilometre of this consolidated area, the authorities decided to innovate the collection of residual solid waste; and an automated waste collection system was included. Quartier Des Spectacles is the pilot project for Envac in Canada.
The system will serve 2350 dwellings, restaurants and pedestrians, but also the needs of seasonal festivals. The underground system will be able to solve the overflowing problems the city had to face, during the seasonal festivals and other outdoor events.
The project started in 2008 and it will be finished by the end of 2014, the first 3 phases have been already executed and approximately 1.5 kilometres of underground pipes are installed in important areas like Sainte Catherine road in the center of Montreal.
The next phases to be executed are the underground waste collection terminal, 33 outdoor public inlets and some private connections (office buildings).
The system collects three separated waste fractions: rest, organic food waste and mixed recyclables with paper.
Only the 30 % of the capacity of the system will be used in the beginning, so there are plans for future expansions in the west of Sainte Catherine Road and other buildings in the nearby area.