Montreal’s six operating ecocentres, including this one in Vaudreuil-Soulanges, are only open Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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The city warns it might have to shut down one or more of its remaining ecocentres if they get overwhelmed in the coming weeks, as moving season gets underway.Six of seven ecocentres are now open, but they are operating on reduced hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. rather than their normal summer schedule of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.The city had to shut down two of the centres temporarily — the St-Laurent facility closed in late April and the LaSalle one in early May — after transportation company Mélimax, which was contracted to transport containers at facilities, lost the right to work for public agencies for five years because of allegations of waste dumping.“The ecocentres that remain open have to handle an increased volume of material that could overwhelm them and cause occasional closures,” city spokesperson Camille Bégin said in an emailed response to the Montreal Gazette.The St-Laurent facility was expected to be open on Thursday and operate at the same reduced schedule as the other five centres. The LaSalle ecocentre on St. Patrick St. remains closed, and the city says it is working on a solution to reopen it. June is normally high season for the island’s ecocentres, where residents go to responsibly dump anything from old furniture and reusable goods to appliances and hazardous household waste.Bégin said residents can consult the government’s Recyc-Québec (www.recyc-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/) website or a mobile application created by the government organization called Ça va ou? to get an idea about where to deposit waste items other than an ecocentre, and to take advantage of bulky waste pickup offered in many borough and suburbs.