Earth Day: RTL now recycling masks at Longueuil terminal
Longueuil, April 22, 2021 – Following the announcement that it would be recycling its employees’ single-use masks, the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) will be installing mask collection boxes for users at the Longueuil terminal, effective today.
This measure will lead to approximately 6,500 masks per week being recycled. Note that this project, which was initiated by RTL employees, has resulted in 10,000 employee masks per week being collected at the RTL’s facilities for recycling. All the used masks will be collected and processed by a specialized Québec company, which recycles the metal nose strips and transforms the fabric into plastic particles that are used to manufacture new objects.
“On today of all days—Earth Day—the Board of Directors wishes to thank the RTL’s employees for this initiative. This important gesture is not the first or the last that the RTL will make to protect the environment. Our employees are responsible for a number of different environmental projects, for which we congratulate them,” said Jonathan Tabarah on behalf of the RTL Board of Directors.
Solvent recovery system
The RTL also recently acquired a used solvent recovery system to clean the painting tools and equipment in its bodywork department. By recovering 95% of the solvent used in its garages, this system will save the RTL more than $2,000 a year on the cost of purchasing solvent and having it disposed of by an outside company.
“By reducing the amount of hazardous materials we use and reject into the environment, we can make our operations more eco-friendly. This is another project that deserves a nod,” added Jonathan Tabarah, Chairman of the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) Board of Directors
About the RTL
The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) is the main transit provider for individuals within the five cities that comprise the Agglomération de Longueuil.
The third-largest public transit organization in Québec, the RTL operates a network of 793 kilometres. With some 1,100 employees, the RTL is a major employer that contributes to the economic vitality of the region.
Ever receptive to its users, the RTL plays a key role in the lives of the people and the communities it serves by providing solutions that are efficient, innovative, and adapted to the evolving needs
of its clientele. Improving quality of life for the citizens of the Agglomération de Longueuil is a top priority for the RTL.