2015 “Solutions that matter” Forum
Wishing to jointly identify possible solutions to curbside recycling challenges, Eco Entreprises Québec organized a Forum on January 28, 2015, that brought together some 200 key curbside recycling players to share their knowledge and experience. Representatives from municipal and government agencies, contributing companies to the compensation plan, sorting center operators, conditioners and recyclers, took part in this not-to-be missed event. The day was spent reflecting on the issues in 3 ways: getting informed, inspiring each other and contributing.
Lending his support to optimization efforts, Martin Coiteux, Quebec’s Minister responsible for Government administration and Ongoing Program Review as well as President of the Treasury Board, commended the curbside recycling industry for rallying to the issue. He made his comments at the Forum’s closing cocktail reception held in cooperation with the Conseil des entreprises en technologies environnementales du Québec (Council of Businesses in Environmental Technologies of Quebec) and McCarthy Tétrault.
ÉEQ presented optimization strategies defined in cooperation with KPMG-SECOR and the day’s findings to the Commission des transports et de l’environnement the day after the Forum as part of the government’s work on the 2015-2020 Sustainable Development Strategy.
Thanks to all 200 participants! Links to presentations, video capsules, the day’s photo gallery and the submission presented to the Commission are on this page. You asked to pursue discussions, and ÉEQ is already working on making that happen.
VIDEOS (French only)
PHOTO GALLERY OF THE EVENT
Photo credits: Marie-Andrée Blais
|Presentations of the day
- Quebec's recycling industry: What it’s about and where we stand (French only) by Jean-Luc Plante, Vice-President, Optimization, ÉEQ, and Mathieu Guillemette, Coordinator, ÉEQ
- Eco-Emballages recovery plan: Optimization and mobilization of stakeholders in France (French only) by Carlos de Los Llanos, Director, Sorting and Recycling, Eco-Emballages
- Principal curbside recycling optimization strategies (French only) presented by Mélanie Kfoury, Partner, KPMG-SECOR
- Luncheon conference: Success factors European eco-organizations have drawn from 20 years of experience in extended producer responsibility by Joachim Quoden, Managing Director, Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance
Workshop A: Facilitating the work of managers in planning curbside recycling collection
- Yves Nobert, Transportation Specialist and Professor at UQAM (French only) et
- Stéphan Bugay, Manager, Residual Materials Management for Québec City (French only)
Workshop B: Sorting centres: Key players in the industry’s sustainability
- Carlos de Los Llanos, Director, Sorting and Recycling, Eco-Emballages (French only)
- Steve Whettingsteel, Technical Director, Krysteline, United Kingdom
- Alain Brasseur, President and CEO, OEM (no presentation)
Workshop C: Portrait of the performance of municipal curbside recycling programs
- Antony Zonato, Advisor, Curbside Recycling Optimization, ÉEQ and Virginie Bussières, Director, Communications and Public Affairs, ÉEQ (French only)
Workshop D: Closing the recycling loop: Innovative initiatives of Québec companies
- Patrice Clerc, Account Manager, Cascades (French only)
- Guillaume Villemure, Manager, Business Development and Procurement, Soleno-RCM (French only)
- Frédéric Potvin, General Manager, Tricentris (French only)
- Johnny Izzi, General Manager, Gaudreau Environnement (no presentation)
|Getting informed, inspiring one another and contributing: a 3-pronged approach to finding solutions
Getting informed. The Forum opened with a portrait of the current curbside recycling system in Quebec, followed by an animated panel discussion moderated by Radio-Canada journalist Jean-Sébastien Cloutier.
Inspiring each other. Mid-morning, a KPMG/SECOR expert presented the highlights of an analysis conducted in cooperation with ÉEQ to identify and prioritize avenues for optimizing the system. At the luncheon conference, Joachim Quoden, Managing Director of EXPRA – an association of European eco-organizations that ÉEQ recently joined – gave a presentation on key success factors drawn from their 20 years of experience in extended producer responsibility.
Contributing. Finally, suggestions and comments shared during the day’s themed workshops were pooled to produce innovative solutions and directions to be taken in order to bring about change.