DECEMBER 11, 2014
VOL. 114
   
Editorial

Initiator and partner of a number of projects in 2014 focused on innovation, sharing, best practices and optimization, ÉEQ has clearly demonstrated its willingness to go beyond the financing of curbside recycling. The Best Practices Initiative was launched, bringing together municipal representatives from the regions of Lanaudière, the greater Québec City area and Outaouais, and we plan to visit other regions of the province in 2015. ÉEQ also supports the innovation efforts of companies financially responsible for the end-of-life management of the materials they generate with a complete set of packaging and printed matter ecodesign tools. 2015 will be a year rich in activities and projects to optimize curbside recycling and consolidate the compensation plan. A newsletter on our plans for 2015 will be published next January. On behalf of ÉEQ’s Board of Directors and our entire team, I wish you Happy Holidays!

Maryse Vermette, President and CEO

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE AND 2ND INSTALLMENT BY JANUARY 26, 2015

ÉEQ reminds companies that the remaining 60% of their total contribution under the 2014 Schedule of Contributions is due by January 26, 2015, failing which interest charges will apply. Please note that our offices will close for the Holiday period, i.e. from noon on December 24, 2014, to January 4, 2015, inclusively. However, companies and organizations may still update their file and submit previous Company Reports and payments during that period. The entire team at Éco Entreprises Québec wishes to thank the 3,000 companies and organizations that contribute, year after year, to the financing of Quebec’s curbside recycling system. View the calendar »

    
    

REVISIONS TO THE FINANCING FORMULA: PROGRESS ACHIEVED IN 2014

The revision of the financing formula, which was one of the organization’s priorities in 2014, is intended to both simplify future Schedules of Contributions and make them more predictable for companies. To that end, ÉEQ set up a steering committee made up of a dozen representatives from companies in various business sectors active at provincial and national levels, as well as held discussions with industry associations, government representatives and packaging manufacturers. ÉEQ also carried out a benchmark comparison with international eco-organizations and established a diagnosis of its operations. Supported by economic and environmental accountability experts throughout the process, ÉEQ will also consult with companies in 2015. More information will be available in our next newsletters.

      

MINISTER HEURTEL APPOINTS ÉEQ’S CEO AS CO-CHAIR OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON RESIDUAL MATERIALS

On November 10, 2014, David Heurtel, Minister of Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, announced the creation of the Comité-conseil sur les matières résiduelles (advisory committee on residual materials). Maryse Vermette, ÉEQ’s CEO and co-chair of the committee, stressed that, of the five major priorities identified, the optimization and reevaluation of compensation plan stakeholder roles and responsibilities is of most importance to us. Our work in this regard aligns well with the mandate contributing companies have given us. The committee plans to submit its recommendations to the Minister by the end of 2015. View the press release »

     
    

QUEBECERS AND ECO-RESPONSIBLE PACKAGING: THE DEMAND IS THERE!

ÉEQ joined the Responsible Consumption Observatory (RCO) to conduct the 1st Responsible Consumption Barometer Survey to determine Quebecers’ perceptions about ecodesigned containers, packaging and printed matter. The results released last fall will help companies better understand how consumers perceive ecodesign and, in particular, show that, if equally priced, almost three out of four Quebecers would choose a product with eco-responsible packaging. Increasingly well informed, consumers understand that eco-responsible packaging goes beyond recycled content, and they recognize companies’ efforts: More than 60% of Quebecers say that including quantified statements regarding eco-responsible characteristics on packaging is important. Discover survey highlights »
 
 

TAKE PART IN TAILORED TOURS OF SORTING CENTRE AND RECYCLER INSTALLATIONS

The materials recycling industry opens its doors! Manufacturers and companies that finance Quebec’s curbside recycling program are invited to register for these unique recycling installation tours and learn about industrial issues relating to materials’ early- and end-of-life cycle. Discover what happens to the containers, packaging and printed matter you put on the market after they are picked up. Come and chat with industry peers and see for yourself how your packaged or printed products can deliver improved performance, be optimized and be made more recyclable. These tours, which will take place between January and March 2015 across Quebec, are organized in collaboration with RECYC-QUÉBEC. Register »

THE 1st CURBSIDE RECYCLING AMBASSADORS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

On October 16, 2014, ÉEQ and its partners announced the first projects by Curbside Recycling Ambassadors at a press conference held in the presence of many officials, including David Heurtel, Minister of Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, Marguerite Blais, MNA for Saint-Henri-Sainte-Anne, and comedian Étienne Dano, spokesperson for the Réseau des maisons de jeunes du Québec (RMJQ). A budget envelope of $700,000 was provided by Quebec’s curbside recycling industry to help the youth centres get teens involved in rallying projects that will both increase the number of pieces of recovery equipment in their municipality and raise public awareness. More information »

     
   

TRAINING ON HOW TO INTEGRATE PACKAGING ECODESIGN IN YOUR BUSINESS STRATEGY

ÉEQ recently welcomed approximately fifteen company representatives to the very 1st packaging ecodesign training session: One more step towards integrating environmental criteria in business processes! A tour of the Tiru sorting centre in Montréal and in-company coaching is included in the training program. The comments received at the end of the day say it all: “The training is provided in an innovative format. It’s useful to work in small groups so we can discuss issues. The sorting centre tour helps us better understand the inner workings of recycling operations. It’s a great benefit to have expert advice on specific company projects.” More information »

 
 


SOLENO-RECYCLAGE: THE MAURICIE REGION CAN NOW COUNT ON A NEW ECONOMIC DRIVER

ÉEQ commends Groupe RCM − Yamachiche and Soleno, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, for creating Soleno Recyclage in the Mauricie region. The new company now provides dozens of people with employment and will play an important role in driving the economy and fuelling environmental innovation, not to mention having a positive effect on the community by employing workers with special needs. Soleno-Recyclage will step up research on multilayer cardboard and plastic film recycling as well as develop cardboard fibre, aluminium and HDPE products using recycled packaging. What’s more, the company is working on a complete plan for recovering and recycling plastics from agricultural operations. All these initiatives will contribute to giving a second life to Quebec’s recycled materials.
 
 
 

SMALL FOOD STORES MASSIVELY SUPPORT TRANSFERRING DEPOSIT CONTAINERS TO THE CURBSIDE RECYCLING SYSTEM

ÉEQ attended the summit organized by the Association québécoise des dépanneurs en alimentation (AQDA) on October 27, 2014, in the company of Jean-Denis Girard, Minister-in-charge, Petites et Moyennes Entreprises, Allégement réglementaire et Développement économique régional. During the summit, members expressed massive support for transferring single-use deposit containers to the curbside recycling system.
 
 

ÉEQ IN THE NEWS…

Did you see it? When ÉEQ launched the OptimEco kit last fall, Maryse Vermette, ÉEQ’s CEO, appeared on the “PME en action” show hosted by Pierre Cantin on Canal Argent. She talked about packaging ecodesign, the many benefits of the approach and the toolkit ÉEQ offers companies.
 
 
Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) is the organization that develops the Schedule of Contributions and collects company contributions, which are then redistributed to finance municipal curbside recycling services in Quebec. ÉEQ also encourages innovation and 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, as well as with municipalities and other stakeholders to increase recycling and the economic value of recovered materials.

Created by companies that put containers, packaging and printed matter on Quebec’s market, ÉEQ is a private non-profit organization that was accredited by RECYC-QUÉBEC in 2005 under the Environment Quality Act.
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