The 6th edition of barter and trade: Another success!

Kingsey Falls, Québec, October 26, 2016 – The 6th edition of Barter and Trade took place from October 21 to 23, at the municipal hall of Kingsey Falls. Once again, the event was a resounding success: attendance grew by 25% over last year, and the number of items increased by 17%. The event is more popular than ever.

In addition to attracting a crowd, this activity, organized by Cascades in collaboration with the town of Kingsey Falls as part of the Québec Waste Reduction Week, clearly has a positive impact on the environment, economy and community. The event gives thousands of objects a second life, rather than ending up in the trash. The citizens have access to new items without having to spend any money, and it helps build relationships within the community.

Here are a few figures illustrating the outcome of this 6th edition:

  • Some 10,000 items were brought in
  • Over 7,000 objects found a new owner
  • About 1,000 people took part in the event
  • More than 100 hours of planning were required
  • 28 volunteers gave an average of 6 hours of their time
  • 23 hours of bartering and trading
  • 4 hours to send the remaining items to the organizations in the area
  • 5 organizations shared the 3,000 remaining items, i.e. Comptoir familial and Ressourcerie de La Croisée des sentiers in Asbestos, Centre d’Entraide Contact in Warwick, Maison des familles, as well as Recyclovesto / Meubles in Victoriaville.

The cumulative figures over the last six years are:

  • Close to 40,000 items brought in, 29,000 of which were bartered or traded. A 70 % success rate.

Cascades wishes to thank the many participants and donors, as well as the precious volunteers, who make such an event possible.

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Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibres. The Company employs 11,000 women and men, who work in close to 90 production units in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to deliver the innovative products that customers have come to rely on. Cascades’ shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CAS.


Hugo D’Amours
Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs
Cascades Canada ULC

Marie-Eve Chapdelaine
Sustainable Development Advisor
Cascades Canada ULC