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).
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.