JULY 20, 2016
VOL. 124

The 2015-2016 Schedule of Contributions was approved by the Government of Quebec on July 13, 2016. The reporting "process" has therefore begun and ÉEQ Company Services team is ready to provide support. Please contact us if you need help.

In this newsletter, you will note that ÉEQ’s team was especially active over the past few months giving presentations, attending conferences and participating in various events organized by our partners.

ÉEQ’s staff will remain hard at work throughout the summer deploying the main stages of the Innovative Glass Works Plan.

Enjoy the summer!

Maryse Vermette, President and CEO

Adoption of the Schedule of Contributions: Current status
The 2015-2016 Schedule of Contributions took effect on July 13, 2016. Companies subject to the compensation plan have already received a notice in this regard. Remember that you have until October 11, 2016 to submit your Company Report.

View our web capsules and training documents for more information on your obligations, the reporting process and allowable deductions. Note that a new materials guide will also be available next Tuesday.
ÉEQ at the Salon de l’UMQ
ÉEQ participated in the UMQ’s 95th Annual Conference at Québec City’s Centre des congrès on May 12 and 13, 2016, attended by 3,000 elected officials from across the province. We took the opportunity to talk about the Away-From-Home Recovery Program and to remind decision-makers that they have until December 31, 2016, to apply for the program’s financial assistance to purchase materials recovery equipment.
Innovative Glass Works Plan presented to the ADGMQ
On June 10, 2016, Mylène Fugère, ÉEQ’s Senior Advisor, Curbside Recycling Optimization, presented the Innovative Glass Works Plan at a conference of the Association des directeurs généraux des municipalités du Québec (ADGMQ) in Sherbrooke. During her presentation, Mylène highlighted the role city managers play as contract originators in supporting and facilitating the use of municipal infrastructure components made with recycled glass. Participants were impressed with the idea that the Plan consists in a practical solution to recycle 100% of glass collected via curbside recycling programs.
Away-From-Home Recovery Program presented to the AOMGMR
ÉEQ gave a presentation on the Away-From-Home Recycling Program during a training day organized by the Association des organismes municipaux de gestion de matières résiduelles (AOMGMR) on June 9 at Pont-Rouge. The 40 municipal materials managers in attendance heard about the advantages of the ÉEQ-managed financial assistance program from Mathieu Guillemette, ÉEQ’s Director of Services to Municipalities, and Sophie Bergeron, Project Manager, Away-From-Home Recovery Program. To date, a total of $6 million was given to Quebec municipalities to install approximately 13,000 recovery bins in public places across Quebec.


Creation of an Expert Committee on Curbside Recycling

ÉEQ set up an Expert Committee on Curbside Recycling, which held its first meeting on June 16 in Montréal. The objective of the Committee is to cooperate with ÉEQ in developing information sheets on curbside recycling best practices specially designed for Quebec municipalities. A dozen themes will be explored to identify the opportunities with the greatest potential for reducing costs per tonne, improving the quality of recovered materials, optimizing services to citizens and increasing recovery rates.

The Committee is made up of a dozen representatives from local and regional municipalities of various sizes located in 9 administrative regions in Quebec, as well as ÉEQ’s team of curbside recycling experts who have extensive experience in various aspects of curbside recycling issues. The Expert Committee was created as a result of discussions during ÉEQ-organized workshops held across the province as part of its Curbside Recycling Best Practices Initiative.

Second workshop in Drummondville
In early June, the Best Practices team went to Drummondville to hold a second workshop in the Centre du Québec and Mauricie regions. The workshop included lively discussions on municipal curbside recycling issues and original approaches to raising public awareness. Special guest Marie-Caroline Bourg from EnvironRcube joined them to talk about incentive-based trash disposal programs.

Then, for the last workshop of the summer, our team met with participants from the Eastern Townships in Orford on June 14. On this occasion, Bénédicte Thérien from Université de Sherbrooke provided information on incentive-based programs. A third workshop in this region is planned for the fall of 2016.

Remember that these free workshops provide opportunities to municipalities to share their successes and challenges in providing residual materials management services in order to improve curbside recycling in the context of the particular issues and realities they deal with in the region.

Best Practices Workshops: Summaries are available online
For more information on the outcome of various Best Practices workshops, go to our website.
ÉEQ featured in Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s ad campaign
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton (RCGT) has launched an ad campaign featuring some of their preferred clients, including ÉEQ. Below is the message displayed (in French) on several ad panels in the Montréal region and along Autoroute 15 (south of the Turcot interchange) from mid-May to mid-June.

Éco Entreprises Québec is on Linkedin and Facebook!
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 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, as well as 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 to represent them. The organization was accredited by RECYC-QUÉBEC in 2005 in accordance with the Environment Quality Act.
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