Montréal, May 23, 2017 – For Éco Entreprises Québec, 2016 was especially rich in tangible achievements. The long list of actions undertaken throughout the year was presented to the many participants at the annual general meeting, which was held on April 20 in Montréal. The organizations that were present also had the opportunity to meet with ÉEQ spokesperson Éric Salvail and attend a conference by Stéphane Forget, president and CEO of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, on creating growth and responsibility in a changing economy.
More than ever, the past year was one in which innovation was the focus of the considerations of the members of the ÉEQ team and drove the successes that confirm the importance of considering curbside recycling as a value chain from the social, environmental and economic perspectives. Over time, many key stakeholders have gotten into the action, making their own contributions to the development of the circular economy.
The annual general assembly was also the opportunity to elect the members of the new board of directors. The seven members of the current BOD sought to pursue their mandates and were all reappointed by acclamation. The year’s annual report (French only) was presented at the event.
A new era for glass
Following the January 2016 release of its Innovative Glass Works plan for 100% of the glass collected through curbside recycling, the ÉEQ team got right to work on the plan’s objectives. The installation of cleaning and sorting equipment in five sorting centres will be completed this spring, and a specific component of the plan to support the commercialization of projects and ecomaterials made from recycled glass is also underway.
Stabilization of the net costs of curbside recycling
With regard to the compensation plan, the efforts invested by ÉEQ to optimize the curbside recycling system are beginning to yield results. This is excellent news for our contributing organizations, whose annual rates have increased by 5% on average. Among these efforts is also the Best Practices initiative in curbside recycling: in its third year, there have been 34 workshops across Québec in which 350 participants took part.
In 2016, RECYC-QUÉBEC renewed our accreditation and, in addition, our advertising campaigns featuring Éric Salvail remain very successful. We pursued our efforts to raise awareness among citizens on the importance of away-from-home recycling and ecoresponsible packaging.
This year promises to be just as successful with a range of mobilizing projects. Here are some of our priorities:
Events to inaugurate the equipment installed in the five sorting centres
Collaboration to assemble an advisory committee to the Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports on projects to recover recyclable materials in road infrastructure
Pursuit of the initiative to support businesses seeking to commercialize innovative products made from recycled glass
Steering committee to explore the addition of materials sold as short life products for B2B trade to broaden criteria
Organization of the biannual Canadian Stewardship Conference in September