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Tuesday April 30, 2013   |   Vol. 102

ÉEQ ADDRESSES THE CONCERNS OF COMPANIES BY CREATING TWO WORKING GROUPS FOR THE 2014 SCHEDULE OF CONTRIBUTIONS

Call for applications to join either the working group on low-volume producers or the working group on B2B issues

ÉEQ announced two new working groups, one on low-volume producers and the other on business-to-business (B2B) issues, to study the topics raised by contributing companies during consultation meetings on the 2013 Schedule of Contributions held last fall. ÉEQ is therefore asking you to help develop applicable proposals by joining one of the two new working groups who will begin work in early June.

Working group on low-volume producers

For the purposes of this working group, low-volume producers are defined as companies that general 15 tonnes of materials or less or that pay less than $3,000 in contributions. The working group will study the following general issues: eligibility thresholds for flat fees and simplification of the reporting process.

Working group on B2B issues

The issue of containers, packaging and printed matter generated by transactions with businesses and institutions served by municipal curbside recycling was also raised by companies. Fairness among contributing companies and difficulties relating to reporting designated materials were also highlighted. In order to explore the issues and develop proposals, the working group will need to clarify available information on the types of business and institutions served by municipal curbside recycling programs and determine what simple and effective terms could be applied to identify reportable materials.

Companies interested in joining either working group are invited to review selection criteria by clicking the links below and presenting their application to ÉEQ by May 9, 2013.

Study group findings will be presented as part of consultations on the 2014 Schedule of Contributions.

ÉEQ HOLDS ITS ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY

ÉEQ outlines major achievements for 2012

Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) held its Annual General Assembly on April 25, 2013, to present the year’s highlights reported in the Annual Report (English version available in mid-May). Board Chair Denis Brisebois acknowledged the tremendous efforts made by contributing companies, as they were required to make accelerated payments for 2010, 2011 and 2012 Schedule of Contributions in so short a timespan, and also emphasized the important role ÉEQ is gearing up to play at each step along the curbside recycling value chain.

ÉEQ’s President and CEO, Maryse Vermette, outlined the organization’s achievements in 2012, including the launch of the Bacs+ group for the enhancement of curbside recycling and ÉEQ’s activity based costing study that resulted in the early 2013 publication of a draft amendment to the regulation on the compensation plan, the main focus of which was to settle the non-designated materials issue. Ms. Vermette also stressed the active role played by ÉEQ in this regard, i.e. the presentation of a substantial submission to the government and mobilization of more than a hundred companies to bring their concerns to the attention of elected officials.

Finally, in order to properly position ÉEQ to take on future challenges and ensure it reflects the reality of contributing companies, Board Directors approved an amendment to ÉEQ’s by-laws to add two seats to the Board in order to broaden member representativeness. View the complete memorandum »

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