© Michel Labrecque © Michel Labrecque

Phytoremediation of Eastern Montreal industrial sites

Phytoremediation of Eastern Montreal industrial sites

01/01/2016 - 01/12/2019

Use of phytoremediation to rehabilitate former industrial sites in eastern Montreal – IRBV – Université de Montréal

This project is conducted by the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale (IRBV) with the financial support of the Service du développement économique de la Ville de Montréal and the Green Municipal Fund of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and close collaboration with the managers and citizens of the Borough of Rivière-des-Prairies – Pointe-aux-Trembles. The objective is to use phytoremediation to rehabilitate contaminated sites and to restore their ecological integrity while producing biomass that may be positively repurposed. The project adheres to a phytomanagement strategy that agrees with the principles of industrial ecology and that promotes sustainable influx management of matter and energy, where refuse from a specific industry becomes a resource for another. Thus, biomass of plants used for soil decontamination may be used to fuel composting and other bioproduct plants.

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