Away-from-Home Recovery program

The Away-from-Home Recovery program cofounded by ÉEQ and the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC) ended on December 31, 2016. In its eight years, the program enabled the implementation of close to 20 000 recycling multimaterials installations across Québec.

The program set out a simple objective: enable citizens to pursue their recycling actions outside their homes in order to recover a maximum amount of recyclable materials. Through the program, municipal organizations could access financing to purchase recycling bins designed for municipal public places such as libraries, arenas, commercial arteries and parks. In total, 70% of the purchasing cost was reimbursed, up to $840 per unit.

The program ($8M) was funded through equal contributions by ÉEQ and the MDDELCC through the Fonds vert. An analysis is currently underway to set out the next steps and pursue the program, which proved to be a tremendous success.

From 2008 to 2016, many municipal organizations chose to provide their citizens with more opportunities to recycle outside the home. Through the Away-from-Home Recovery program, recycling equipment was installed to make sure there was a recycling bin for every trash.

Over 800 municipalities benefitted from the Away-from-Home Recovery program. They used the financing to acquire equipment that was adapted to their needs. In indoor and outdoor spaces and in urban and rural areas, installations are now available so citizens can recycle everywhere!

Did you know?

When looking to equip public places with recycling installations, commercial streets are a great place since they are where citizens most use the recycling services that are available.

According to a 2015 CROP survey conducted for ÉEQ, when recycling bins are available in public places, 83% of Québecers use them.

They mainly recycle:

  •      bottles of water
  •      newspapers and other types of printed matter
  •      milk and juice containers
  •      coffee cups
  •      fast-food containers

Three out of four Québecers would like more opportunities to recycle outside the home.