Responsibility for financing curbside recycling shared by industry and municipalities: a win-win solution

    MONTREAL, Feb. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Eco Entreprises Québec (EEQ) submitted
today its position paper to the Commission des transports et de
l'environnement's public hearings on waste management. EEQ Board Chairman
Daniel Tremblay laid down the organization's position on the strengthening of
curbside recycling measures as well as the industry's concerns about demands
from the municipal sector.
    Results thus far support EEQ's claim that curbside recycling performance
objectives will be reached by the end of 2008. Despite the fact that there is
still room for improvement, EEQ firmly believes that curbside recycling
constitutes the most efficient and effective method of collecting waste to
meet the objectives of Québec's 1998-2008 waste management policy.
    Last fall, the industry turned over $51 million to RECYC-QUEBEC, of which
$47 million has recently been distributed to municipalities. Since this amount
has just been injected into the system, EEQ feels that the Curbside Recycling
Compensation Regime as well as measures put forth by the industry, notably a
financing program for the Table pour la récupération hors foyer (an issues
table on away-from-home materials recovery), should be given the time to
produce results.
    To those who are calling for the extension of the deposit system, EEQ
points out that recovery rates of beverage containers through curbside
recycling in the residential sector equal those of single-use containers in
the deposit system and that the next two years will be crucial in recovering
materials used outside the home. A full assessment of the effect of these
measures can only be carried out in 2010.
    As for the demands of municipal associations, EEQ is against
municipalities' demand to have industry foot the entire bill for net costs of
municipal programs. Such an approach would be tantamount to writing a blank
cheque to municipalities and eliminates their accountability with regard to
the efficiency and effectiveness of the system. EEQ believes that reaching the
60% rate of recovery of recyclable materials requires the commitment of all
stakeholders: industry, municipalities, government and consumers.
    For the time being, EEQ's priority is to support the implementation of a
Québec-wide curbside recycling system that is efficient, effective and
durable. Currently, there are huge differences in curbside recycling costs
between comparable municipalities. The focus should be on developing a system
with the lowest possible cost per tonne of recovered materials. The winning
solution lies in maintaining the principle of shared responsibility between
municipalities and industry.

    About Eco Entreprises Québec

    Eco Entreprises Québec is a non-profit organization certified by
RECYC-QUEBEC. EEQ's mission is to represent companies with regard to their
responsibility to finance their share of the net costs of municipal curbside
recycling, to establish reasonable fees to ensure program financing and, in
partnership with other stakeholders, to promote efforts to increase the volume
of recovered materials through curbside recycling at the lowest possible cost.

For further information:

For further information: or an onsite interview, call: Sarah-Emilie
Bouchard, HKDP Communications and Public Affairs, Cell: (514) 250-7595;
Source: Maryse Vermette, Vice-President, Operations and Communications, Eco
Entreprises Québec, (514) 987-1491, ext. 227

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