Composting bins might soon be as common as the blue recycling boxes in Montreal.

Major funding was announced Monday morning for four organic waste treatment plants in the Montreal region.

The project will cost $215 million over five years.

The waste would be converted to biofuel and compost.

Plants will be built in Montreal, Longueuil, Laval and in the Monteregie.

The city of Montreal says that nearly half of all garbage sent out to landfills is so-called "green waste" that could be composted.

The province is planning to ban paper and cardboard from landfills in 2013, and organic waste will be prohibited by 2020.