MARCH 17, 2015
VOL. 115
   
     
Editorial

“Solutions That Matter” was a unique forum for consolidating durable partnerships in the curbside recycling industry. In fact, many participants said the forum was dynamic and highly motivating. To get an idea of the forward-looking atmosphere participants experienced, view the 4 capsules on the day’s events later in this newsletter. I would also like to express our appreciation for the warm welcome extended by municipal representatives who participated in the regional workshops organized as part of the Best Practices Initiative for Effective Curbside Recycling. They were so pleased with meeting outcomes that the same regions asked ÉEQ to return to help maintain this discussion platform and work together on optimizing curbside recycling services.

Maryse Vermette, President and CEO

THE 2015 SCHEDULE OF CONTRIBUTIONS IS EXPECTED TO COME INTO EFFECT ONLY IN THE FALL

The Regulation adopted in 2013 stipulated a 7.5% deduction in the total compensation paid to municipalities in order to take non-designated materials into account for 2013 and 2014 Schedules of Contributions. Another study to update figures on the proportion of orphan materials placed in recycling boxes needs to be carried out in preparation for 2015 and subsequent Schedules, thus pushing back the date the 2015 Schedule will take effect. An amendment to the Regulation is required to set out the share of financing to be assumed by companies. ÉEQ will closely monitor the situation and its effects on Schedule development as the issue wends its way through government processes. Available information indicates that we will likely submit the draft Schedule to companies for consultation in the summer. Companies should therefore be ready to submit their Company Report in the fall.

    
    
      

VIEW CAPSULES ON THE 2015 “SOLUTIONS THAT MATTER” FORUM

View the 4 capsules on highlights and main conclusions of the 2015 “Solutions That Matter” forum organized by ÉEQ in which 200 curbside recycling stakeholders took part. Optimization, innovation and R&D, the essential role played by municipalities and a summary of event findings are presented in short videos on the Forum’s official page. Presentations and ÉEQ’s submission tabled at the parliamentary commission hearing the day following the event are also available. More info »
     
    

REGISTER FOR THE CPEQ’S MARCH 25 WEBINAR ON ECOPACKAGING AND ECODESIGN

Integrating packaging and printed matter ecodesign in your business strategy is possible and profitable! For everything you need to know about packaging ecodesign, as well as economic, competitive and environmental benefits, plus tips on how to take action, sign up for a webinar by Geneviève Dionne, ÉEQ’s Packaging Ecodesign Advisor, from noon to 1:30 p.m. on March 25, 2015. Organized by the Conseil Patronal de l’Environnement du Québec (CPEQ), this webinar was especially designed for companies that contribute to the curbside recycling compensation plan and wish to reap benefits from a wide range of ecodesign tools. Register »

NEW ALLIANCE IN THE CURBSIDE RECYCLING INDUSTRY

ÉEQ commends Tricentris and Soleno Recyclage, two stars in Quebec’s plastics sorting, recycling and conditioning industry, for establishing a three-year association that will help the entire materials recovery system move forward. Announced on February 10 before an audience of partners and the media, the agreement consists in Tricentris delivering to Soleno over 7,000 tonnes of quality high-density polyethylene (#2 plastic, such as detergent and milk containers) collected via curbside recycling. The agreement is expected to boost Tricentris sales by more than $4 million and will allow Soleno to integrate the materials from 72,000,000 recycled containers in product manufacturing.

     
   

CONFERENCE ON ECONOMIC MODELLING IN CURBSIDE RECYCLING: COME AND SEE US ON MARCH 17, 2015, AT THE AMERICANA EXHIBITION

In order to adopt an economic approach to curbside recycling and provide data for setting fees charged to companies that finance the system, ÉEQ got together with RECYC-QUÉBEC to develop an activity-based costing (ABC) model unique in North America, the results of which are now providing inspiration to our European counterparts.  “Operational and Economic Modelling in Recyclable Materials Management” is the topic ÉEQ’s Jean-Luc Plante and RCGT’s Ghyslain Cadieux plan to discuss at 3:30 p.m. on March 17, 2015, during North America’s biggest multi-sector exhibition. Register »

   


OPTIMECO.CA SHINES A LIGHT ON SUCCESSES! COSTCO: RECYCLABLE OLIVE CONTAINER, WITH AN INTEGRATED HANDLE

Costco developed optimization guidelines its buyers must follow in order to cooperate with its suppliers in lightening the environmental footprint of packaging that protects products. One example is the redesigned container for Unico’s Manzanilla olives, which is now made of PET plastic. The benefits: 74% fewer materials used, 10% fewer GHG emissions and 5% lower contributions to the compensation plan. For more information and to view other inspiring cases, go to OptimEco.ca

ÉEQ highlights companies’ best practices in packaging and printed matter optimization. Put your company centre-stage in this section of the newsletter by publishing an “OptimAction” summary sheet!
 
 
 

ÉEQ IN THE NEWS…

3RVE MAGAZINE: MODERNIZING CURBSIDE RECYCLING
See a video report and one-on-one interview with Maryse Vermette, ÉEQ’s President and CEO: Learn about her career, the vision ÉEQ, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, has set out for an efficient and effective curbside recycling system, the significant financial contributions companies make to the system and highlights of the 2015 “Solutions That Matter” forum.                        
 
 
LES AFFAIRES: INDUSTRY KNOW-HOW
Read the 4-article series published in Les Affaires between January 31 and February 28, 2015, for details on Quebec’s curbside recycling’s business model. Get more information on how the system is financed, available avenues for optimization, packaging ecodesign and local recycling companies’ innovative practices.                 
 
   

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Follow us to learn about the latest packaging optimization ideas, news from our partners and the many initiatives ÉEQ implements to improve curbside recycling.
 
 
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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