Montréal, September 30, 2014 – As the representatives of contributors to the Away-from-Home Recovery Program, Maryse Vermette, President and CEO of Éco Entreprises Québec, and Mario Bérubé, Director General, Politiques du milieu terrestre et de l’analyse économique at the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, were pleased to highlight the efforts of seven Quebec RMCs and municipalities with regard to away-from-home materials recovery and to award them a total of $138,964 (click here to see photos).
“We commend the municipal organizations who developed projects and installed recyclable materials recovery equipment in their public places. We hope they inspire all Québec municipalities who have not yet broadened curbside recycling to the public sector,” said Maryse Vermette. “The Away-from-Home Recovery Program’s hope is to contribute to nothing less than the largest away-from-home materials recovery network in North America,” she added.
The following projects were implemented thanks to the Program’s financial assistance:
- $60,065 to the RMC des Laurentides for 108 pieces of equipment installed in 31 parks, along streets and in public buildings
- $28,220 to the RMC de la Haute-Côte-Nord for 53 pieces of equipment installed in 18 parks, on sports fields and in public buildings
- $17,920 to the municipality of Rawdon for 27 pieces of equipment installed in parks and public places
- $10,420 to the RMC Memphrémagog for 19 pieces of equipment installed in 17 parks, along streets and in public buildings
- $9,200 to the RMC de Coaticook for 17 pieces of equipment installed in 16 public buildings
- $8,960 to the municipality of L’Ange-Gardien for 12 pieces of equipment installed in 5 parks
- $4,179 to the municipality of Ville-Marie for 9 pieces of equipment installed in 5 parks
Since its creation in 2008, the program has provided $4.5 million to 268 municipal organizations for the installation of 9,700 pieces of recyclable materials recovery equipment in public places.
The Away-from-Home Recovery Program is managed by Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ), a private non-profit organization representing companies subject to the plan to compensate municipal curbside recycling services. The $8 million program focuses on recovering recyclable materials in municipal public places and is jointly financed with ÉEQ’s voluntary contributions and the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques from the Fonds vert, in compliance with the 2011-2015 Action Plan outlined in Quebec’s Residual Materials Management Policy.