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Environmental initiatives

In all of its activities, the FrancoFolies de Montréal are proud to apply and implement the 3RV principle, as defined by the Politique québécoise de gestion des matières résiduelles.Environmental initiatives

  • Encourage Reduction at source
  • Optimize Reuse
  • Maximize Recycling
  • Valorize organic materials


Recycling Recycling initiatives on the FrancoFolies de Montréal outdoor site date back to the very first edition, held in 1989. Since 2002, we have carried out recycling in partnership with the Consortium Écho-Logique–Rio Tinto Alcan has been the sponsor since 2006. Together, we have established a pilot project ensuring the evaluation of resources required on the site and in production offices–at the time, this was a first in the large-scale events sector (events with over two million visitors). We are very proud that our system of integrated recovery of waste products serves today as the model for countless public events.

  • From 2004 to 2015, over 150 metric tons of waste products were diverted from landfill sites.
  • Every year, on average, 11 tons of recyclable materials are treated on the FrancoFolies site (including approximately 14% cardboard fibres, 32% plastic, glass and metal, and 16% wood).
  • Food concession kiosks use biodegradable serviettes, glasses and plates made from cornstarch.
  • A composting program was implemented in the bistros on the FrancoFolies outdoor site.
  • All published communications intended for external use are printed on 100% FSC recycled paper.

did you know?

In 2010, the 2.1 tons of cardboard we recovered allowed us to save 54 trees from being cut down.

Reuse and valorization

The banners visible throughout the site have a lifespan of fewer than five years. They can subsequently be used to decorate production offices or be transformed into reusable bags.

We exclusively use hydroelectric power, which produces less pollution, for all our developmental operations. Only emergency generators are powered by gas. In addition, we make efforts to reduce nighttime and daytime illumination in order to minimize our electricity consumption.

We recover rainwater to water a number of planters located on the site.

Reduction at source

Reduction at source

In addition to implementing concrete recycling actions, we increasingly invest our efforts in reduction at source. We’ve already established a number of positive habits in this domain:

  • We register media representatives online, for a sizeable reduction in paper use.
  • We advocate the use of Internet documents for press conferences.
    We also make USB keys available to journalists, who may also download information to their handheld devices.
  • We have reduced the use of individual water bottles by opting for 18-litre water containers in backstage areas and in the pressroom.
  • We have implemented refilling stations for employees’ water bottles in order to encourage the use of refillable containers.
  • We have reduced the use of plastic glasses by selling recyclable cans to our festival goers.

did you know?

Since 2004, efforts implemented to reduce use at source have decreased waste by over one-third.

Sensitization of employees, merchants and festival-goers

The representative of the maintenance team supported by the Consortium Écho-Logique meets with merchants on the FrancoFolies site to inform them on the recovery process. Every sales point is outfitted with the equipment necessary for waste recovery (paper and cardboard, plastic, glass, aluminum). Small posters visible in the food kiosk zone encourage festival-goers to recycle.

did you know?

The Écho-Scouade group crisscrosses the FrancoFolies site to sensitize the public on the importance of waste recovery.


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