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Excluded materials

Some containers, packaging and printed matter (CP&PM) are excluded from the payable contribution. You may still have to leave a trace of these CP&PM in your report. Refer to the attached table for more information.

Materials excluded from the reporting process

Tertiary packaging or transportation packaging

DISTINCTIVE ATTRIBUTE

In addition to wood pallets, which are not designated materials according to the Regulation, ÉEQ’s Schedule of Contributions excludes containers and packaging used to facilitate handling and transportation of multiple sales units and packages in order to reduce physical handling and damages related to transportation.

 

EXAMPLES

  • Plastic films for pallets
  • Recycled corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Plastic crates

IMPORTANT NOTE

Containers and packaging reused for wrapping at the point of sale for transportation of goods to consumers must be reported by the retailer.

Containers and packaging sold as products

Excluded for the 2015 to 2017 Schedules of Contributions only.

DISTINCTIVE ATTRIBUTE

Containers and packaging sold as products were included in the calculation of the expected quantities used to develop the 2018 Schedule of Contributions. They are excluded from the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Schedules.

 

EXAMPLES

  • Food storage bags
  • Food storage containers
  • Coffee, juice and wine cups sold in multipacks
  • Empty CD boxes
Certain printed matter sold as products

Excluded for the 2015 to 2017 Schedules of Contributions only.

DISTINCTIVE ATTRIBUTE

Printed matter sold as products was included in the calculation of the expected quantities used to develop the 2018 Schedule of Contributions. It is excluded from the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Schedules.

 

EXAMPLES

  • Envelopes
  • Notebooks (with and without spiral binding)
  • Agendas
  • Calendars

IMPORTANT NOTE

Magazines, white or colour loose leaf, lined or graph paper and notepads have always been subject to a fee.

Durable containers and packaging

DISTINCTIVE ATTRIBUTE

Containers and packaging designed to accompany, protect or store a product throughout its life when the product is designed to last 5 years or more.

EXAMPLES

  • Durable razor cases
  • Plastic drill cases
  • Camera cases
  • CD/DVD boxes
Containers, packaging and printed matter accompanying products used or consumed at the site of distribution

DISTINCTIVE ATTRIBUTE

Containers or packaging accompanying products used by the consumer at the site of distribution or saleof the product when their disposal is handled at that location.

EXAMPLES

  • Restaurant food packaging
  • Menus

IMPORTANT NOTE

Containers or packaging used for drive-through and take-out orders must be reported.

 

If the exemption applies, you must indicate it and provide an explanatory note in the methodology tab of the ECO-D reporting system. You must also leave a trace of the deduction in your worksheets.

 

Containers, packaging and printed matter intended for Business-to-business (B2B)

DISTINCTIVE ATTRIBUTE

The containers, packaging and printed matter intended for an end-user that is an industrial, commercial or institutional establishment are excluded from the reporting process. Seeing as they are disposed of in-house and not provided to consumers, they do not end up in the municipal curbside recycling system.

EXAMPLES

  • Boxes to ship merchandise for use by a company

  • Written communications to a company

Containers and packaging designated under other recovery and reclamation measures 

DISTINCTIVE ATTRIBUTE

The containers and packaging that are subject to a recovery and reclamation process under other legislation are exempt from payment.

EXAMPLES

  • Paint and oil cans under the extended producer responsibility regulation

     

  • Single-use beer and soda bottles eligible for the deposit system

     

  • Pesticide containers for agricultural use

IMPORTANT NOTE

You may be required to report the secondary and tertiary packaging included with these products.  

All other materials that are not designated under another recovery system must also be reported.

You may be eligible for an exemption.

Useful links

A few links that will help you in the reporting process: 

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