FEBRUARY 22, 2017
VOL. 127
   
     
Editorial

This year promises to be very busy and the ÉEQ team is investing every effort to align the various projects and deliverables of the first quarter of 2017. In addition, businesses have been called upon to make a first compensation payment for the 2015 Schedule of Contributions, setting the tone for the year to come. Indeed, considering the circumstances surrounding the release of the 2015–2016 Schedule of Contributions, organizations will have to make several payments in 2017 to compensate for the costs of municipal curbside recycling.

It should therefore be a challenging year with regard to the payments that must be made and we invite businesses to exercise due diligence. Payment delays impact the entire system and ÉEQ must then make its own payments to RECYC-QUÉBEC within tight deadlines. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our company services for guidance on the application of your legal obligations.

This year also marks the start of a critical year for the Innovative Glass Works plan. While the years leading up to 2017 were focused on planning, we are now beginning to implement and test the technology in the five sorting centres enrolled in our experimental pilot projects. The technology will then be introduced in the new Montréal sorting centre, since ÉEQ recently pledged to invest in leading-edge glass sorting and cleaning equipment for the city of Montréal’s new recyclable materials sorting facility, which is slated to begin operations in June 2019.

Our involvement in the creation of what will be Québec’s largest sorting centre speaks to our commitment to optimizing curbside recycling in Québec and, by the same token, the recyclable materials value chain. It also constitutes a new step toward our objective to find a solution for 100% of the glass collected through curbside recycling.

Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to invite you to ÉEQ’s annual general meeting, which will be held in Montréal on April 20. The meeting is an important event for member organizations to take stock of the extent of the work carried out in 2016 and exchange with members of the board of directors and the ÉEQ team.

Maryse Vermette, President and Chief Executive Officer

    
RECYC-QUÉBEC recommends the 2017 Schedule of Contributions

In October, the ÉEQ team presented the draft 2017 Schedule of Contributions at a special consultation. Following the regular process, the Schedule was then adopted by ÉEQ’s Board of Directors  and submitted to RECYC-QUÉBEC.

On January 26, the Board of RECYC-QUÉBEC recommended the Schedule of Contributions for approval to the Québec government. We will keep you informed of the upcoming steps in the approval and publication process by the provincial government.
 
2016 Schedule of Contributions: first payment due in April

The deadline to submit your first payment* for your contribution to the 2016 Schedule of Contributions is April 13, 2017.

Please refer to the following table for further information on the upcoming payments.

*These payments apply to companies who report over 15 tonnes or did not opt for the flat fee even though they were eligible.
**According to the Schedule publication date.
Preliminary reporting available as of March 1
 
Beginning March 1, 2017, businesses may fill out, a reporting form on a preliminary basis on the ECO-D portal ahead of the publication of the 2017 Schedule of Contributions in the Gazette officielle du Québec. The reporting will account for the materials generated from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2016.
   
   
Mark your calendar: ÉEQ’s annual general meeting

ÉEQ will hold its annual general meeting on April 20 in Montréal. An official invitation including information on the event will soon be sent to ÉEQ member businesses. In the meantime, be sure to mark the date in your calendar!
      
     
ÉEQ to host the 2017 Conference on Canadian Stewardship

Building on the success of the previous edition of the event, which was held in Banff in 2015, the Conference on Canadian Stewardship will host its biannual meeting at Le Centre Sheraton Montréal from September 27 to 29 under the theme of extended producer responsibility and circular economy. ÉEQ is proud to be co-organizing this year’s event, which attracts renowned speakers and delegates from across Canada, the United States and Europe. More information is available in the press release to announce the conference.

To register, become a sponsor or exhibit at the conference, go to the event website.
    
    
Montréal: new step in the implementation of the Innovative Glass Works plan

ÉEQ is proud to announce that it will invest in cutting-edge equipment for the city of Montréal’s new glass sorting and cleaning centre, which should begin operations in June 2019. On February 2, the city released a public invitation to tender for the construction, operation and maintenance of the new sorting facility in the borough of Lachine with glass processing equipment provided by ÉEQ. The contribution that ÉEQ has made to this large-scale initiative stems from several months of collaboration with the city. The approach is in line with the Innovative Glass Works plan released in January 2016 to upgrade sorting centres in Québec with innovative glass processing equipment and support the marketing of ecomaterials made from glass from curbside recycling.
  
  
ÉEQ, visibility partner for the Sommet de l'IDP 2017
The Institut de développement de produits will be holding, on April 5, the 2017 IDP Summit, which will include a day’s program of activities focusing on product innovation and development. Practical workshops on taking a stimulating approach to innovation will be followed by testimonials from dynamic companies on how to move organizations forward and enrich their practices. To close the day’s activities, the inspiring Mylène Paquette will be the keynote speaker. For more information »
  

   

   
The Innovative Glass Works plan featured at Americana

From March 21 to 23, ÉEQ will be at Americana, a multisectoral event focused on environmental issues that attracts visitors from around the world, to present the progress of its Innovative Glass Works plan. ÉEQ CEO Maryse Vermette will speak at 2 p.m. on March 23 at a session entitled For each material, its value chain and the ÉEQ Glass Works plan team will host a new immersive booth at stand no. 925 at the event’s trade show to present the ecomaterials and other outlets for the glass that citizens put in their recycling bins. Don’t miss this important event!

   
Biomar: ecoresponsible packaging for fish and seafood products

On January 17, ecodesign advisor Geneviève Dionne was in Matane to speak on the relevance of packaging ecodesign approaches for businesses that develop and process fish and seafood at the BioMar-Innovation conference, which is an initiative of the Technopole maritime du Québec to support development and innovation. Geneviève had the opportunity to present priority strategies and ideas for action and highlight some of the inventive solutions that extend the shelf life of fish, seafood, crustaceans and algae.
   
   
New on OptimEco.ca: a Cascades case study
 
Cascades took up the challenge to produce an easily recyclable cardboard box for Goodfood that keeps fresh food products at 4 degrees Celsius for 48 hours. Go to the OptimEco.ca portal for all the details.
   
   
   
New article on ecoresponsible packaging in L’Actualité alimentaire

Virginie Bussières, director of communications and public affairs, penned an article on the importance of designing ecoresponsible packaging to extend the shelf life of food products in the latest edition of L’Actualité alimentaire. Click here for the full text (in French).
   
  
    

The Best Practices Initiative team tours the greater Montréal area

In the upcoming weeks, the Best Practices Initiative team will lead a series of workshops across the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, which includes 82 municipalities in the greater Montréal area and close to 4 million citizens. In keeping with the team’s tailored approach, the workshop themes were developed based on regional needs.

  
  
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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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