Montréal, December 13, 2013 – Éco Entreprises Québec is now examining the Regulation amending the Regulation respecting compensation for municipal services provided to recover and reclaim residual materials published today in the Gazette officielle du Québec, almost eleven months after its pre-publication.
Remember that this eco-organization responsible for collecting contributions from companies that put containers, packaging and printed matter on Québec’s market in order to compensate 100% of the net costs of municipal curbside recycling programs had objected to sharing the significant costs related to materials not targeted by the compensation plan, such as toasters, Christmas lights or other non-recyclable materials, that are nevertheless placed in recycling bins in amounts reaching 15%. During the past year, industry stakeholders mobilized to raise awareness among government officials with regard to the importance of optimizing curbside recycling and reducing quantities of materials that are not containers, packaging and printed matter.
“We believe that the industry already does its share and responsibly meets its environmental obligations, and we have noted the new regulatory provisions. We will conduct an in-depth analysis of the regulation and will assess the impacts on targeted companies. We also wish to pursue a constructive dialogue with all involved parties to ensure that the close to $100 million the industry pays every year to compensate municipal curbside recycling services are managed in an optimal way throughout the value chain in Quebec’s system,” said Maryse Vermette, ÉEQ’s President and CEO.
The regulation followed a study carried out jointly by RECYC-QUÉBEC and ÉEQ that had determined the share of costs among materials classes in addition to shedding light on the significant costs associated with non-designated materials. The government has issued legislation while taking into account the results of the study.
As the regulation will come into effect on December 28, 2013, the schedule for filing Company Reports will be adjusted and targeted companies will be notified as soon as possible.
Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) is a private, non-profit organization created by companies that put containers, packaging and printed matter on Quebec's market. ÉEQ was certified by RECYC-QUÉBEC to establish a fee structure and collect contributions from companies in order to compensate the net costs of municipal curbside recycling. The organization is also involved in a number of initiatives to optimize the recyclable materials value chain, particularly reducing quantities at the source, enhancing curbside recycling and cost reduction, as well as improving materials recycling and the economic value of recovered materials.