Protecting the environment and the well-being of the community are at the heart of Moisson Estrie’s values and mission. In order to integrate these issues into the internal management, the organization has initiated in spring 2020 the practice of an eco-responsible business, by creating the first sustainable development action plan (2020-2022). This approach aims to establish a strategy to carry out there actions and projects, helping to reduce the impact social and environmental in the organization.
The 4 priority issues targeted by Moisson Estrie are as follows:
- Management of residual materials.
- Greenhouse gas emissions.
- Working conditions and well-being of employees.
- Health and security at work.
The Sustainable Development Committee (SD) is responsible for monitoring the action plan and the planned projects, in order to ensure continuous improvement of the organization. The committee is composed of employees from different departments of Moisson Estrie.
Members of the SD Committee:
- Andréanne Béliveau, Director of operations
- Élise Grenier, Executive Assistant
- Thomas Hallée-Marcil, Warehouse Manager
- Annie Deslandes, Kitchen Manager
- Karel Deslandes, Truck Driver
Moisson Estrie has also adopted a Sustainable Development Policy, which serves as a guide to orient his choices and actions.
Moisson Estrie has implemented several actions to limit its waste production:
- Instalation of garbage and recycling bins in each work area.
- Private collection of garbage.
- Private collection for the compost and organic materials.
- Donation of expired or non-consumable food to a farm animal producer.
- Installation of a dumpster to recover residual materials intended for the eco-centre;·
- Consignment of cans and bottles of water.
- Participation in a recycling program for disposable face mask.
- Use of reusable boxes and bags to give food to beneficiaries.
- Provides an eco-friendly packaging alternative for the holiday kiosk.
- Development of awareness tools for employees and volunteers (posters, training, special meetings).
- Carrying out a characterization of residual materials.
- Reusable tableware in the cafeteria.
- Possibility to bring reusable containers for take-out meals and compostable containers used for take-out meals (made from corn starch);Etc.
In February 2021, Moisson Estrie officially obtained the Elite level, awarded as part of the ICI ON recycle + program, from RECYC-QUÉBEC. This is the highest level of recognition. Our SD Committee has worked very hard to put in place all the necessary requirements and we are proud that these efforts are recognized. We have succeeded in obtaining a recovery rate of our residual materials of 98%. Congratulations to all the employees and all our volunteers for your effective participation in sorting the residual materials of our organization!
Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG)
Our residual materials management system allows us to recycle packaging and compost non-consumable food residues from food collected from our suppliers. Without Moisson’s presence, these materials are usually sent directly to landfills where they contribute to contaminating our natural environments and emitting greenhouse gases. Thus, Moisson Estrie helps to better manage the residual materials of food merchants in Sherbrooke and its surroundings.
GHG emissions avoided thanks to Moisson Estrie in 2020-2021:
- Redistribution of approximately 713,000 kg of food saved from landfill, which represents approximately 1,190 tonnes of GHG emissions in CO2 eq.
- Composting of 85,000 kg of food waste sorted as non-consumable, which avoids the production of 140 tonnes of CO2 eq.
- Moisson Estrie had saved approximately 1,330 tonnes of CO2 eq. in 2020-2021.
The distribution of food by Moisson Estrie and the composting of losses prevent the production of approximately 1,330 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, which represents approximately 2,181 plane trips for one person from Montreal to Paris! Or more than 11,000 round trips between Sherbrooke and Quebec by car!
The emission factors used are taken from the Calculation tool of the Quebec Action Fund for Sustainable Development (FAQDD, updated in 2021).