Compensation Plan

The Environment Quality Act (EQA) and the Regulation respecting compensation for municipal services provided to recover and reclaim residual materials (the “Regulation”) establish compensation plan rules. In effect since March 1, 2005, the compensation plan creates a legal obligation for targeted companies to finance their share of net costs relating to efficient and effective municipal curbside recycling services in a sustainable development perspective.

ÉEQ is required to collect contributions from the companies it represents in the “containers and packaging” and “printed matter” classes of materials. Company contributions are established in a Schedule of ContributionsThe Schedule of Contributions is made up of the application rules, which govern (1) obligation terms, (2) the definition of designated materials, (3) parameters for Company Reports, and (4) administrative terms relating to contribution payments. The Schedule of Contributions also includes a contribution table, which allocates the annual amount of compensation due for a given class of materials (e.g. containers and packaging) and its various component materials (e.g. glass, metal, plastic, cardboard, etc.).
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Schedule of Contributions
developed by ÉEQ based on the net costs of curbside services reported by municipalities. The contribution is also a function of the types of materials and quantities generated by companies.

Quebec’s curbside recycling system has its own characteristics and several key players are involved:

  • The government, specifically the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs (MDDEP), legislates activities related to residual materials management and determines recovery targets to be reached so as to provide a framework for action
  • RECYC-QUÉBEC certifies organizations such as ÉEQ, manages the application of the compensation plan and pays out compensation to municipalities 
  • Municipalities determine what materials are collected, sets the terms for carrying out curbside collection of containers, packaging and printed matter, and manages or collects curbside recycling services
  • Finally, companies generate materials designated by the compensation plan and finance the net costs of efficient and effective curbside recycling services in proportions that will reach 100% in 2013, therefore giving full effect to the principle of extended producer responsibility (EPR).

Download the Corporate fact sheet “Compensation Plan”

Last update : April-02-12

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