Montréal, May 11, 2016 – Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) held its Annual General Assembly at the Omni Mont-Royal Hotel on April 21, 2016. The event enabled ÉEQ to report on activities carried out over the past year and to present its 2015 annual report. After the assembly, Jean Lacroix, President and CEO of Réseau Environnement, gave a luncheon conference entitled “L’après COP21 : la nécessité pour les entreprises d’être au cœur de l’action” (Post COP21: Companies need to be at the heart of the action).
Curbside recycling system: A business model and circular economy
ÉEQ’s vision led the organization to consider curbside recycling as a business model and circular economy that will reach its full potential by continuously improving each link and interaction in the chain. Taking a unified approach based on the five optimization levers presented at the January 2015 “Solutions That Matter” Forum provides ÉEQ with a roadmap for working with the various stakeholders in the curbside recycling value chain.
The workshop structure of ÉEQ’s Best Practices Initiative for Curbside Recycling was greatly appreciated by municipalities whose representatives with first-hand experience could sit down together to share their knowledge and best practices. In a little over a year, 240 participants have taken part in 24 workshops to date, and all regions where a first workshop was held asked for a second to be organized.
Optimizing and simplifying reporting for contributing companies
ÉEQ’s Compensation Plan team developed a 2016-2017 action plan to further simplify the reporting process, customize tools, improve the website and continue providing highly pertinent guidance to contributing companies. One of the first improvements resulting from the reporting optimization initiative is today’s opening of the reporting portal so companies can start entering preliminary data on the materials they generated.
Investments in modernization and innovation
Optimization is also at the heart of the ecodesign support and guidance ÉEQ offers to companies wishing to include environmental criteria in packaging design. It is also the driving force of the Innovative Glass Works plan, financed with a nearly $7 million investment by companies to identify and implement concrete long-term solutions that generate value for all glass collected via curbside recycling programs.
ÉEQ and companies who finance curbside recycling triple their visibility
To fully play its role as a catalyst and inspire more people to take action, ÉEQ felt that the organization, its mission and undertakings needed to be better understood by the public and other curbside recycling stakeholders. That is why a two-pronged visibility campaign featuring ÉEQ spokesperson Éric Salvail was launched in 2015. Judging from the skit on the end-of-year Bye Bye 2015 show referring to one of the ads and the 300% increase in ÉEQ’s visibility, people are taking notice.
Renewal of the Board of Directors
As part of the recasting of ÉEQ’s general by-laws in 2015, 14 Director’s positions were filled. In order to ensure alternating elections, it was then decided that half of those seats would be up for election the following year for a two-year term. In respect of that principle, voting was carried out to elect five member Directors and two non-member Directors at the 2016 Annual General Assembly. All were elected by acclamation.
The 2016-2017 Board of Directors is therefore as follows:
Member Directors of the Board
Non-Member Directors of the Board
The Board meeting that followed the Annual General Assembly confirmed the renewal of Denis Brisebois and Suzanne Blanchet’s respective terms as Chair and Vice-Chair of ÉEQ’s Board of Directors. The position of Secretary-Treasurer will be filled by Johanne Leclerc.
About Éco Entreprises Québec
Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) is the organization that develops the Schedule of ContributionsÉEQ’s Schedule of Contributions enables companies to determine whether they are subject to the Act, understand the breadth of their obligations and determine the amount of their contribution. Developed using a formula based on studies and verifiable data, the Schedule is established according to type of material and quantities generated during a given year and in consideration of environmental criteria. Framed by thoroughly developed rules, each Schedule is presented to companies for consultation before being sent to the government for approval as required by the Act.
Schedule of Contributions and collects company contributions, which are then redistributed to finance municipal curbside recycling services in Quebec. ÉEQ also encourages innovation and sharing of best practices in order to optimize the recyclable materials value chain. To do so, ÉEQ cooperates, on the one hand, with companies to reduce quantities of materials at the source and encourage the use of recyclable materials, and, on the other, with municipalities to increase recycling and the economic value of recovered materials.
ÉEQ is a private non-profit organization created by companies that put containers, packaging and printed matter on Quebec’s market. The organization was accredited by RECYC-QUÉBEC in 2005 in accordance with the Environment Quality Act.
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