Who is Subject to the Act?

Excluded Companies

Your company may be excluded from the compensation plan for curbside recycling if it already fulfils obligations to recover and reclaim containers and packaging under the EQA.

Specifically, you are:

  • Already required to take measures or financially contribute to measures to recover and reclaim materials
    e.g. paint and oil containers

  • Already legally required, under a deposit system, to take measures or financially contribute to measures to recover and reclaim containers and packaging targeted by the system
    e.g. single-use beer and soft drink containers

  • Already directly pay a contribution to another recovery and reclamation system that operates on a stable and regular basis in Quebec
    e.g. multiple-use beer bottles

  • Even in those cases, your company may still be required to pay a contribution for packaging that is not recovered by the deposit system and is not returned to the point of sale with deposit containers
    e.g. plastic or cardboard packaging for beer and soft drink bottles and cans.


For more information on other exemptions, see ÉEQ’s Flat Fees.

Last update : June-16-14

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