What's new in the 2020 Schedule of Contributions
This section presents what’s new in the 2020 Schedule of Contributions, as published in the Gazette officielle du Québec.
Fairer measures for low-volume producers
Following the efforts of the working group in 2019 on the special context for low-volume producers, and in order to respond to their preoccupations while respecting the mandate to continue developing fee structures, ÉEQ’s Board of directors selected two recommendations, which apply to the current fee structure.
- Adjust the flat fee calculation method
Considering that contributors who slightly exceeded the schedule’s thresholds for flat fees ended up with a contribution that was significantly higher than the flat fees, the working group had recommended that the calculation method for those amounts be revised.
Historically calculated by multiplying the average rate for materials by the mid-point for each threshold, the revised calculation is now based on the upper limit of the thresholds, meaning greater fairness for those businesses, who can now enjoy an equivalent fee structure. This change also ensures better linearity between levels.
In order to facilitate the transition for low-volume producers, the Board has accepted that the method’s revision be spread over two years. It will be completed for the 2021 Schedule of Contributions.
- Additional menu
Going forward, companies who pay a flat fee will be required to specify the 2 types of materials they generate the most in a new menu. The new information will enable ÉEQ to compile qualitative data for this group of contributors and, possibly, to increase their accountability regarding the materials they place on the market.
Class change for HDPE containers under 5L
In order to reflect technological advances pertaining to sorting equipment, going forward, HDPE containers under 5 litres will be reported with HDPE bottles. This represents a significant 54.7% drop in the rate compared to the “Other plastics” material class under which they had historically been reported.
Éco Entreprises Québec offers assistance for contributing companies. The person in charge of reporting can contact ÉEQ’s Company services for information and assistance on their reporting process. Personalized meetings may also be arranged.