Studies on curbside recycling

Recovery Rates - Households

Over the years, ÉEQ has partnered with RECYC-QUÉBEC in mandating consultants to carry out residential characterization studies to obtain comprehensive data on materials recovered and recovery rates in Quebec.

2012-2016 results

Pursuing their long-standing collaboration to develop curbside recycling business intelligence, ÉEQ and RECYC-QUÉBEC have undertaken another joint waste characterization study. This edition covers the entire municipal sector and includes four components:

  • Residential (2015–2017)

  • Away-from-home (2016)

  • Industry, commerce and institutions (ICI) (2016)

  • Sorting centres (2017)

This first summary sheet describes curbside recycling programs to collect residential waste. A comprehensive profile of the residential sector, including findings on the materials sent to landfill and organic matter, will be presented in the final study report, which will be released in fall 2018.

» See the 2012-2016 Results Summary Sheet

2012-2013 Results

For the third time since 2006, Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) and RECYC-QUÉBEC have undertaken a joint Characterization of Residual Materials in Quebec’s Residential Sector. This province-wide study of 4,270 Quebec homes was carried out from 2012 to 2013 to determine the characteristics of residual materials generated by Quebec households and Quebecers’ sorting habits. The project focused on three main types of residential curbside collection, i.e. trash, recyclable materials and organic waste.

The following summary presents a series of data from the most recent study: 2012-2013 Executive Summary.

» See the 2012-2013 Summary Report (French only)

2010 Results

The 2010 characterization study on residential residual materials presents the results of a sampling of over 3,000 homes in 47 municipalities and boroughs. That represents almost 60,000 kg of materials that were collected and sorted into 102 separate categories. This second study, which is similar in scope and methodology to the 2006-2007 residential characterization, provided an opportunity to study trends in residential residual materials generation and recovery.

View the Results of this Study:

2006-2009 Results

The 2006-2009 Characterization of residual materials in the household sector and public places in Quebec combines the findings of the province-wide characterization conducted in 2006-2007 and those of characterizations conducted in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. 2006-2009 findings are therefore a three-year weighted average.

View the Results of These Studies:

2006-2007 Results

The 2006-2007 Characterization of residual materials in the Quebec household sector provides a picture of how residual materials generation has evolved since the previous provincial characterization conducted in 1999-2000.

The scale of this study was unprecedented in Quebec. The overall composition of residual materials generated by some 1,600 homes was determined according to 68 categories of materials, of which 51 were targeted by curbside recycling. In addition, total generation and the rate of recovery were studied for almost 10,000 homes. Samples were taken in 40 different communities (rural, urban, etc.) in 13 administrative regions in Quebec.

View the Results of this Study:

Last update : July-19-17

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