Refreshments Canada Statement Following the Tabling of the Report of the Transport and Environment Commission on Waste Management

    QUEBEC CITY, June 10 /CNW/ - In light of the tabling of the report of the
Transport and Environment Commission of the Quebec National Assembly on waste
management in Quebec, Refreshments Canada acknowledges the efforts made by the
members of the Commission to strike difficult balances on many key issues.
    As we demonstrated in our presentation during the Commission hearings on
February 13, 2008, tackling the issues around recycling of beverage containers
is not easy. Over the years the members of our association have invested time
and money providing efficient recuperation services across the Province.
Having products that are in both recycling systems, the deposit system and the
collecte sélective system, has allowed us to understand well the strengths and
weaknesses of both systems.
    We came to the conclusion that the ideal solution for the recycling of
beverage containers in Quebec is to have a single system for all packaging.
The impressive progress made by the Collecte Sélective confirms that Quebecers
have the environment in mind and have developed the habit of recycling at
home. We are committed to working with the collecte sélective and industry to
build an even stronger recycling system in Quebec. We are actively pursuing
these objectives with industry and government stakeholders, in order to make
an orderly and responsible transition from the deposit system to the collecte
sélective for all of our products.
    We are pleased to see today the Commission making a similar
recommendation to the Government. We hope the Government will embrace this
report and make the suggested changes to our recycling regime in due course.

    A copy of our brief is available at:

    About us

    Refreshments Canada is the national trade association representing the
broad spectrum of brands and companies that manufacture and distribute the
majority of non-alcoholic liquid refreshment beverages consumed in Canada.
Refreshments Canada represents more than 40 brands of juices, juice drinks,
bottled waters, sports drinks, ready-to-serve iced teas and coffees,
new-alternative beverages, carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks and other
non-alcoholic beverages.

    L'Association des embouteilleurs de boissons gazeuses du Québec inc.
("A.E.B.G.Q.") represents soft drink and other non-alcoholic beverage
producers and distributors in Quebec.

For further information:

For further information: Justin Sherwood, (416) 510-8024 x 2290,

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