Filing a report

For every year they are subject to the Act, companies must report the quantities of containers, packaging and printed matter they put on Quebec’s market.

Practical tools to plan a report

The Schedule of Contributions applies to the materials generated during the preceding calendar year. For example, the 2017 Schedule of Contribution applies to the containers, packaging and printed matter marketed in 2016.

Companies must report the amounts of designated materials they generated according to 30 materials categories.

Note: If you are a low-volume producer, you may be eligible to pay a flat fee, which will simplify the reporting process. Click here for more information

Here are tools and practical guides to help you compile the information you will need to file your report.

Tools and guides

Worksheet to compile quantities based on weight and classify them by category

Materials guide to help you classify the containers, packaging and printed matter that your company put on Quebec’s market

Tips and advices to optimize your reporting process

Material report revision request

File a report

Once you have read the guides and compiled all the data, you are ready to file a report on the ECO-D portal. ÉEQ has developed a suite of tools and guides to support you in the process.

Types of materials that do not require reporting

ÉEQ currently excludes all containers, packaging and printed matter for products and services that are ultimately intended for industrial, commercial or institutional establishments, including transport packaging and containers. Do not account for these materials in your report. The category is currently under study.

“Containers and packaging” and “printed matter” designated by the Regulation, but excluded from reporting to ÉEQ 
Type of Material Distinctive Feature Examples
Tertiary or transportation packaging

Containers and packaging designed to facilitate handling and transportation of a certain number of sales units or multipacks in order to avoid their individual handling and damages related to transportation.

 

(Note that if this packaging is reused for wrapping at the point of sale for transportation of goods to residential consumers, this packaging should then be reported by the retailer.)

  • Transportation containers
  • Transportation containers
    Plastic pallet wrap
  • Corrugated boxes recycled by retailers or grocery stores
Containers, packaging and printed matter not design to be disposed

Containers and packaging explicitly and solely intended to contain or package garbage and all other types of waste designated under another regulation.

 

Printed matter that are not intended to be disposed or similar to materials excluded from regulation.

  • Trash bag, compost bag, etc.
  • Book, text book and materials included in the news paper category
  • Medical file and identification document
Durable containers and packaging Long-life containers or packaging are considered as such containers or packaging designed to accompany, protect or store a product throughout its life when the product is designed to last for five (5) years or more. 
  • Durable case for shavers
  • Plastic case for cordless drill
  • Camera bag
  • CD/DVD cases
Containers, packaging or printed matter accompanying products used or consumed at the site of distribution

Containers, packaging and printed matter accompanying products intended solely to be used or consumed by the consumer at the site of distribution or sale of the product when their disposal is handled at that location. (However, those used for carry-out should be reported.) 

 

Products not defined as packaging; “accessories” that serve no packaging function.

  • Containers and packaging for on-site food consumption in a restaurant
  • Menus
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Straws
  • Paper napkins
Other items

Books and other printed products included in the “newspaper” class.

Items that constitute an integral part of the product.

  • Books
  • Newspapers represented by RecycleMédias
  • Printer toner cartridges

Credit for recycled content

ÉEQ encourages companies to develop containers, packaging and printed matter. As an incentive, it grants a credit to organizations that use a certain ratio of recycled content in their products. ÉEQ is the first organization in North America to offer this type of credit, which has been in effect since 2009.

Eligible companies that submit a request including the supporting documents by the deadline for a given Schedule of Contributions may, in the following year, receive a credit of up to 20% for the materials for which the request was approved.

Fact sheet and form - Credit request for recycled content (Word)