Launch of mosaïcultures 2013

Éco Entreprises Québec is proud to be associated with the environmentally-responsible international horticultural competition

Montréal, February 4, 2013 – Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) is proud to be a main partner of the Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal 2013 – Land of Hope, an environmentally responsible competition which will be held from June 22 to September 29, 2013, at the Montréal Botanical Garden.

During this internationally-acclaimed event, about forty horticultural sculptures from twenty countries will vie for first place with the public and the selection panel. This year’s theme, Land of Hope, relates directly to sustainable development and reflects Éco Entreprises Québec’s values and mission. Within the framework of the Environment Quality Act, Éco Entreprises Québec represents companies that generate containers, packaging and printed matter for Quebec’s market and finance curbside recycling services through their contributions.

“Quebec companies are pleased to do their share for the environment and our partnership with Mosaïcultures is one way we can let the public know about the contribution these companies are making to the greening of Quebec,” said Maryse Vermette, President and CEO of ÉEQ. “Our partnership with Mosaïcultures is a first for our organization. It is also a great opportunity to raise public awareness about recovering more and better and to continue the efforts of the past ten years that have resulted in the tremendous growth of materials recovery in Quebec,” she added.
In fact, the materials recovery rate in Quebec has grown from 20.5% in 2000 to 65% in 2010. Such encouraging data is proof that curbside recycling has become a daily habit for Quebecers. Moreover, Éco Entreprises Québec has developed cutting-edge expertise and is providing guidance to companies in their initiatives to ecodesign packaging and reduce at the source the quantity of materials they generate. This approach has potential for both innovation and savings for companies, as more and more of them are launching initiatives to reduce their environmental footprint.

“Environmental considerations and concerns are the very essence of the MIM2013: Land of Hope. In that regard, our partnership with ÉEQ is a natural one, as we share the common vision of minimizing our environmental impact to become a model eco-friendly event,” said Lise Cormier, President and CEO of Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal.
A million visitors from the Montréal area, other parts of Quebec and elsewhere are expected to come to the Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal 2013 competition during the summer. They will have an opportunity to learn more about materials recovery and sustainable development in an inspiring and eco-friendly setting.

About Éco Entreprises Québec
Éco Entreprises Québec is a private, non-profit organization that represents companies with regard to their responsibility to finance the net costs of municipal curbside recycling. It is responsible for establishing reasonable fees to ensure program financing and, in partnership with other stakeholders, promoting efforts to increase the quantities of recovered materials through curbside recycling at the lowest possible cost.

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Virginie Bussières
Communications Director
Éco Entreprises Québec, 514-987-1491, ext. 225


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