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To what extent are independent franchises targeted?

If the owner of a franchise or banner has an address in Quebec, the owner is required to make contribution payments for the containers, packaging and printed matter generated by all franchisees or members, including imports made by them and packaging added at the retail outlet.

If the owner of a franchise or banner does not have an address in Quebec, the independent franchisee is required to make contribution payments for the containers, packaging and printed matter generated by all franchisees, including imports and packaging added at the retail outlet.

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My company manufactures products and sells them to distribution centres or directly to retailers through business-to-business (B2B) sales. Is it subject to the Schedule of Contributions?

It is important to determine the end user of your product or service. If the end user is a consumer, then the retailer or distribution centre that provides the retailer with the product is only an intermediary between your product and the consumer. Your company is therefore subject to the Schedule of Contributions for all the containers, packaging and printed matter that your products and services generate.

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Are the containers, packaging and printed matter sold to industrial, commercial and institutional establishments for in-house use designated for compensation?

Until now, Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) has excluded containers, packaging and printed matter whose end users are in the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sectors. This decision is reviewed every reporting year. These materials may eventually be included in the Schedule of Contributions since municipalities are increasingly integrating these establishments into their to municipal curbside recycling programs.

In this regard, Quebec’s compensation plan differs from the one in effect in Ontario, which expressly excludes materials generally found in industrial, commercial and institutional waste flows. It is important to note that a committee is currently exploring the option to include the materials as early as the 2019 Schedule of Contribution. We will, of course, keep these organizations informed of any new developments.

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When does a Schedule of Contributions come into effect?

A Schedule of Contributions (SoC) comes into effect once it is published in the Gazette officielle du Québec. But beforehand, the SoC follows an entire process. It is subject to a special consultation with the companies and organizations that ÉEQ represents. A consultation report is then drafted and assessed by RECYC-QUÉBEC, which issues recommendations to the Quebec government for final approval. When the SoC is approved, it is published in the Gazette officielle du Québec and the reporting period officially gets underway.

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Who is ÉEQ?

The companies that put containers, packaging and printed matter on the Quebec’s market must finance their recovery through municipal curbside recycling services. Accredited by RECYC-QUÉBEC since 2005, Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) is a private non-profit organization that represents these companies and collects their contributions, which are then redistributed to municipalities. ÉEQ also works to make recovery efforts more efficient and effective by collaborating with companies to develop ecoresponsible packaging options, as well as with municipalities and other stakeholders to increase the quantities and value of the materials that are recovered.

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I operate a small manufacturing company with a sales counter. Am I exempt from making contribution payments given that I have only one retail outlet in Quebec?

No, the exemption does not apply because, as a manufacturer, your main activity is producing —and not selling—a finished product (food, apparel, furniture, tools, etc.). A manufacturer therefore cannot open a retail outlet in order to be exempt from payment. 

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What is a first supplier?

Domiciled or established in Quebec, a first supplier is the first to take title, possession or control of designated printed matter or a product marketed with a designated container or packaging in Quebec.

For example, a retailer that imports a product whose owner is located in Ontario and does not have a place of business in Quebec must report the containers, packaging and printed matter it imports.

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What is a brand, distinguishing guise or name?

Generally speaking, a brand is used by a company to set its products and services apart from others (e.g. a trademark). This definition does not include certification marks.

A distinguishing guise is the unique way an organization wraps or packages a product to set itself apart or distinguish a product from others on the market.

A name is the designation under which a company operates, as a corporation, a partnership or an individual.

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How should I classify the different materials that go into my products and services?

The materials are divided into some thirty subcategories. ÉEQ has released a guide to support organizations seeking to categorize their materials. Other reporting tools are available here.

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Éco Entreprises Québec represents over 3 400 companies. What about the other companies that do business in Quebec?

To be subject to the Act, companies must meet certain criteria. First and foremost, they must generate containers, packaging and printed matter aimed at consumers in Quebec. Click here for more information on the criteria.

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What is a retail outlet?

For the purpose of applying the Schedule of Contributions, a retail outlet is the exact premises or location at which a retailer conducts business activities consisting mainly of retail sales.

A retail sale is any sale that is not exclusively meant for resale. These sales are generally made to the public, including certain corporations whose purchases do not complete a production or resale process. A retail sale must be conducted at a retail outlet in the physical presence of the buyer and the person operating the retail outlet or a representative.

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How are the materials rates determined?

The Schedule of Contributions (SoC) is set out each year according to a formula that is based on verifiable studies and data and also accounts for environmental criteria. Governed by strict rules, each Schedule of Contributions is presented to companies at a consultation ahead of a rigorous government approvals process under the law. For more information, go to the Documents section to consult each file used to develop the SoC. 

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My company manufactures products under a private brand for another company. Do I have to report these materials?

No, the brand owner is responsible for reporting the containers, packaging and printed matter generated by these products, unless your company is the first supplier of these products in Quebec.

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What is the amount of my organization’s contribution?

Every organization is different and so are their contributions, which are based on the quantities and types of materials generated. To find out more about the materials rates, click here.  

Companies that meet certain criteria may be exempt from paying contributions or be required to pay only a flat fee.

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What is a brand, distinguishing guise or name?

Generally speaking, a brand is used by a company to set its products and services apart from others (e.g. a trademark). This definition does not include certification marks.

A distinguishing guise is the unique way an organization wraps or packages a product to set itself apart or distinguish a product from others on the market.

A name is the designation under which a company operates, as a corporation, a partnership or an individual.

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My company manufactures products under a private brand for another company. Do I have to report these materials?

No, the brand owner is responsible for reporting the containers, packaging and printed matter generated by these products, unless your company is the first supplier of these products in Quebec.

Share

When does a Schedule of Contributions come into effect?

A Schedule of Contributions (SoC) comes into effect once it is published in the Gazette officielle du Québec. But beforehand, the SoC follows an entire process. It is subject to a special consultation with the companies and organizations that ÉEQ represents. A consultation report is then drafted and assessed by RECYC-QUÉBEC, which issues recommendations to the Quebec government for final approval. When the SoC is approved, it is published in the Gazette officielle du Québec and the reporting period officially gets underway.

Share

My company manufactures products and sells them to distribution centres or directly to retailers through business-to-business (B2B) sales. Is it subject to the Schedule of Contributions?

It is important to determine the end user of your product or service. If the end user is a consumer, then the retailer or distribution centre that provides the retailer with the product is only an intermediary between your product and the consumer. Your company is therefore subject to the Schedule of Contributions for all the containers, packaging and printed matter that your products and services generate.

Share

Are the containers, packaging and printed matter sold to industrial, commercial and institutional establishments for in-house use designated for compensation?

Until now, Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) has excluded containers, packaging and printed matter whose end users are in the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sectors. This decision is reviewed every reporting year. These materials may eventually be included in the Schedule of Contributions since municipalities are increasingly integrating these establishments into their to municipal curbside recycling programs.

In this regard, Quebec’s compensation plan differs from the one in effect in Ontario, which expressly excludes materials generally found in industrial, commercial and institutional waste flows. It is important to note that a committee is currently exploring the option to include the materials as early as the 2019 Schedule of Contribution. We will, of course, keep these organizations informed of any new developments.

Share

I operate a small manufacturing company with a sales counter. Am I exempt from making contribution payments given that I have only one retail outlet in Quebec?

No, the exemption does not apply because, as a manufacturer, your main activity is producing —and not selling—a finished product (food, apparel, furniture, tools, etc.). A manufacturer therefore cannot open a retail outlet in order to be exempt from payment. 

Share

Who is ÉEQ?

The companies that put containers, packaging and printed matter on the Quebec’s market must finance their recovery through municipal curbside recycling services. Accredited by RECYC-QUÉBEC since 2005, Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) is a private non-profit organization that represents these companies and collects their contributions, which are then redistributed to municipalities. ÉEQ also works to make recovery efforts more efficient and effective by collaborating with companies to develop ecoresponsible packaging options, as well as with municipalities and other stakeholders to increase the quantities and value of the materials that are recovered.

Share

How should I classify the different materials that go into my products and services?

The materials are divided into some thirty subcategories. ÉEQ has released a guide to support organizations seeking to categorize their materials. Other reporting tools are available here.

Share

Éco Entreprises Québec represents over 3 400 companies. What about the other companies that do business in Quebec?

To be subject to the Act, companies must meet certain criteria. First and foremost, they must generate containers, packaging and printed matter aimed at consumers in Quebec. Click here for more information on the criteria.

Share

What is the amount of my organization’s contribution?

Every organization is different and so are their contributions, which are based on the quantities and types of materials generated. To find out more about the materials rates, click here.  

Companies that meet certain criteria may be exempt from paying contributions or be required to pay only a flat fee.

Share

How are the materials rates determined?

The Schedule of Contributions (SoC) is set out each year according to a formula that is based on verifiable studies and data and also accounts for environmental criteria. Governed by strict rules, each Schedule of Contributions is presented to companies at a consultation ahead of a rigorous government approvals process under the law. For more information, go to the Documents section to consult each file used to develop the SoC. 

Share

What is a first supplier?

Domiciled or established in Quebec, a first supplier is the first to take title, possession or control of designated printed matter or a product marketed with a designated container or packaging in Quebec.

For example, a retailer that imports a product whose owner is located in Ontario and does not have a place of business in Quebec must report the containers, packaging and printed matter it imports.

Share

What is a retail outlet?

For the purpose of applying the Schedule of Contributions, a retail outlet is the exact premises or location at which a retailer conducts business activities consisting mainly of retail sales.

A retail sale is any sale that is not exclusively meant for resale. These sales are generally made to the public, including certain corporations whose purchases do not complete a production or resale process. A retail sale must be conducted at a retail outlet in the physical presence of the buyer and the person operating the retail outlet or a representative.

Share

To what extent are independent franchises targeted?

If the owner of a franchise or banner has an address in Quebec, the owner is required to make contribution payments for the containers, packaging and printed matter generated by all franchisees or members, including imports made by them and packaging added at the retail outlet.

If the owner of a franchise or banner does not have an address in Quebec, the independent franchisee is required to make contribution payments for the containers, packaging and printed matter generated by all franchisees, including imports and packaging added at the retail outlet.