MONTREAL, June 11, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Members of Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ), in cooperation with stakeholders and
partners in curbside recycling streams, officially launched bacs+, the first group dedicated to strengthening the curbside recycling of
recyclable materials in Quebec.
The event was held in the presence of Pierre Arcand, Minister of
Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs, to introduce
the founding members of the bacs+ group who work in all major business sectors and include retailers,
manufacturers, service providers, materials collectors, sorting
centres, packagers, associations and equipment manufacturers.
"As of 2013, companies will be responsible for financing 100% of the net
costs of municipal curbside recycling services," said Denis Brisebois, ÉEQ's Board Chairman at the launch event. "The bacs+ initiative is therefore part of our frequently-expressed willingness to
ensure the efficiency of the recovery system, not to mention its
optimization and integrity."
bacs+ is an acronym that stands for "bénéfices de l'augmentation de la collecte sélective," or benefits of improved curbside recycling. The recycling bin
is therefore presented as a powerful symbol to rally curbside recycling
stakeholders and partners. bacs+ has defined its mission in terms of demonstrating that curbside
recycling is the most efficient and effective system for recovering
recyclables. The group gives curbside recycling partners a voice on the
public scene in order to promote the strengthening of the system, as
well as provides visibility to all those who contribute to its
Simple and efficient, the system is continually gaining ground
The fact that the recovery rate has grown from 20.5% in 1999 to 65% in
2010 proves that curbside recycling is gaining ground. "Curbside recycling is the most effective recovery system and the only
one that will help us reach overall targets that were set by the
2011-15 Action Plan in Quebec's Residual Materials Management Policy.
The system will continue to have a significant and positive impact on
our environment because its ease of use will result in larger
quantities of recyclable materials being diverted from landfill sites,"
said Maryse Vermette, ÉEQ's President and CEO.
Simple to use, residential curbside recycling is the most readily
available to recover materials from 99% of Quebec homes. Moreover,
partners in the system took further action by creating the Table pour
la récupération hors foyer, and financed the installation of over 7,000
containers and recyclables drop-off points in public places. This
industry's concrete initiative encourage the public to recycle more
materials made of glass, metal, plastic, paper and cardboard and
therefore increase the rate of recovery.
Curbside recycling - A good environmental, economic and social choice
Curbside recycling is the perfect sustainable development application
from three standpoints: Environmentally: Curbside recycling contributes
to the prevention of climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gas
emissions (GHG) thanks to an optimized system for collecting and
transporting materials to sorting centres. Processes for sorting,
conditioning and transforming recyclable materials require the
development of green technology streams, which constitute one of the
most important and promising options for Quebec. Economically: As a
growing industry, it creates thousands of jobs and investment in R&D.
Socially: Thanks to the innovative partnership of 16 organizations,
eco-friendly advice is provided to the Table pour la récupération hors
foyer on projects for over 4,400 bars, restaurants and hotels
throughout Quebec. Such initiatives boost the recovery rate for all
Curbside recycling is constantly gaining ground thanks to the sustained
efforts of citizens, institutions, businesses and industries,
particularly retailers, restaurants, manufacturers, municipalities and bacs+ members. The objective is clear: We need to get everyone on board to do their
share for the environment by recovering more and better.
About the bacs+ group
bacs+ is an acronym that stands for "bénéfices de l'augmentation de la collecte sélective," or benefits of improved curbside recycling. Its members and
partners want to send a positive message that curbside recycling is the
best system to recover all types of recyclable materials because it is
the simplest and most readily available, effective, profitable and
Membership list attached
Fact sheet on Quebec's recovery system:
Appendix: bacs+ Membership List as of June 11, 2012
Association des détaillants en alimentation du Québec
Canadian Beverage Association
Association des Embouteilleurs de Boissons Gazeuses du Québec
Association des restaurateurs du Québec
Retail Council of Canada
Conseil de la transformation agroalimentaire et des produits de
Québec Restaurant and Foodservices Council
Conseil des Entreprises de Services Environnementaux
Conseil des industriels laitiers du Québec inc.
Conseil québécois du commerce de détail
Éco Entreprises Québec
La Table pour la récupération hors foyer
Les Eaux Naya inc.
Recyc RPM inc.
Société des alcools du Québec
For further information:
Éco Entreprises Québec
Tel.: 514-987-1491, ext. 238
Public Affairs - Strengthening Curbside Recycling
Éco Entreprises Québec