Curbside recycling modernization: Bill 65 has been tabled

Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) wishes to inform you that Bill 65An Act to amend mainly the Environment Quality Act with respect to deposits the selective collection has been introduced by the Government of Quebec, this Thursday, September 24th. This Bill follows the announcement made last February regarding the modernization of curbside recycling. The modernization aims to give companies that produce and market containers, packaging, printed matter and newsprint control of the system based on the principle of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), in partnership with municipalities.

This first legislative step towards modernizing the curbside recycling system aims to give the government authority to define, under future regulation, all elements required to deploy the modernized curbside recycling system, including the power to:
  • compel companies that market containers, packaging, printed matter or newsprint to develop, implement and finance a curbside recycling system.
  • give these responsibilities to a single management organization it may designate (RMO). 

Concerted efforts

In cooperation with all players in the system, ÉEQ and its association partners are actively taking part in preparatory work on the modernization of curbside recycling instigated this summer by the Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change (MELCC). 

Additionally, in order to ensure that the interests of companies impacted by these significant legislative and regulatory changes are fully represented, a robust governance structure has been implemented within ÉEQ. This will enable representatives of targeted companies to develop their shared positions thanks to an extended committee on modernization as well as an association committee.

ÉEQ is currently analyzing the Bill and will cooperate with members of those committees in order to issue concerted comments and recommendations.