Ecological transition and sustainable development
Sustainable development resonates throughout Quebec society. Aware of their responsibilities in this matter, retailers and distributors are increasingly involved in this field.
Modernization of deposit systems and selective collection.
Bill 65 – Modernization of Quebec's deposit and selective collection systems
The Quebec Retail Council intervened during the public consultations on Bill 65, primarily amending the Environmental Quality Act concerning deposit and selective collection. Comments were submitted on October 21 to the parliamentary committee overseeing these proceedings.
The Council expressed its satisfaction with the introduction of this bill, acknowledging its room for improvement. It believed that the current systems had reached their limits in terms of environmental, social, and economic performance, and it was urgent to transition to a new system:
- Focused on developing a circular economy rather than the current linear one
- Ensuring the preservation of our resources
- Contributing to a greener and sustainable economic recovery.
The Council has also emphasized the importance of ensuring fairness among producers responsible for placing containers, packaging, and printed materials on the market within the modernized systems. It stressed the need for these systems to be flexible, simple, and adaptable.
After working closely with Éco Entreprises Québec (EEQ) in analyzing the bill, the Council expressed its support for the comprehensive memorandum submitted by EEQ during the consultation.
It’s worth noting that this project aims to grant the government the necessary enabling powers to define, in future regulations, all the elements that will facilitate the deployment of modernized deposit and selective collection systems.
Business obligations regarding selective collection
Businesses and organizations subject to the Environmental Quality Act (LQE) and its Regulation on compensation for municipal services provided to ensure the recovery and valorization of residual materials must register with ÉEQ. They must declare each year the containers, packaging, and printed materials they place on the Quebec market, specifying the type of materials and their quantities, and pay their contribution within the prescribed deadlines.
The contributions from businesses are established based on a tariff.
About Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ), the designated organization for selective collection in Quebec
A private non-profit organization, Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) has been representing producers placing packaged products, containers, and printed materials on the market since 2005. Its role is to help them fulfill their responsibility of funding selective collection.
Appointed as the designated management organization (OGD) in 2022, ÉEQ is the contracting authority for the management of selective collection in Quebec with a perspective on sustainable development.
As a leader in extended producer responsibility (EPR), ÉEQ develops, manages, and provides advice on circular economy solutions to its member producers to reduce their environmental footprint. To achieve this, ÉEQ places ecodesign, recyclability, and traceability at the core of its actions in collaboration with its partners.
ÉEQ will continue to fulfill its role as an accredited organization during the transition from the compensation regime to the extended producer responsibility (EPR) for selective collection.