Recycling Industry

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 credits: Marie-Andrée Blais

Presentations of the day
Submission presented to the Commission des Transports et de l’Environnement on January 29, 2015
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.

Programming and conference speaker bios 
Last update : March-05-15

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