SEPTEMBER 22, 2015

VOL. 118


From commitment to action

The back-to-school period often equates to a more frenetic pace and lots of changes. At ÉEQ, we welcome the fall and its challenges with a solution mindset. More than ever, we are working with our partners in the curbside recycling value chain to optimize operations and develop best practices. Our presence in the field will continue with new Best Practices Initiative workshops, sorting centre tours and participation in various trade shows and conferences.

Following our announcement of an investment to modernize sorting centres and stimulate the development of market outlets for glass collected via curbside recycling, we have increased efforts to establish a practical stimulus plan that will be implemented over the coming months. To promote market outlets that could be facilitated thanks to our commitment, we also disseminated a video in August on glass powder produced from wine bottles Quebecers place in their recycling bins. 

In addition, as we await a regulatory amendment regarding orphan materials, we will be presenting a draft of the 2015-2016 Schedule of Contributions to contributing companies this fall. Communications activities are planned to provide you with information on major issues.

Maryse Vermette, President and CEO

Consultations on the 2015-2016 Schedule of Contributions

Contributing companies are invited to attend one of our two consultation meetings on the 2015-2016 Schedule of Contributions. Details will be provided in the October issue of this newsletter. Mark your agenda!

• Montréal: Tuesday, November 17, 2015, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• Toronto: Thursday, November 19, 2015, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Please note that the November 17 consultation will be simultaneously broadcast on the web. While the meeting will be conducted in French, an English translation will be available. The November 19 meeting will be conducted only in English without simultaneous broadcast.

Last reminder regarding the 2014 Schedule of Contributions

Companies wishing to make a change to their 2014 Company Report have until September 30, 2015, to send in their request along with supporting documentation to ÉEQ’s Company Services Department. According to Schedule rules, changes will not be accepted after that date.

Check the related section of the rules to verify whether you have all the required supporting information. Key deadlines for Company Reports are also indicated.
ÉEQ at the Salon affaires municipales

On September 24 and 25, 2015, ÉEQ’s team will be in Québec City to present its services to municipalities at the Salon affaires municipales, held as part of the 2015 Conference of the Fédération québécoise des municipalités. Will you be there? Drop by to see us at kiosk 317!
Discover glass powder and its uses

A video capsule to show how easy it is to use glass powder in concrete was released by bacs+ in order to promote new market outlets for glass collected via curbside recycling and demonstrate practical uses for glass powder to municipalities and institutions. In addition to being more ecological than traditional concrete, this solution is more durable, waterproof and resistant to temperature changes! Discover the ingenuity of Quebec businesses and the role municipalities play in the development of this new market outlet.
Launch of entertaining videos by the Régie des matières résiduelles du Lac-Saint-Jean

Two short educational videos were produced by the Régie as part of its ad campaign launched last July. These 30-second segments raise public awareness about the importance of only putting containers, packaging and printed matter in their recycling bins and of sorting what should be brought to the ecocentre from what belongs in the trash. A simple, dynamic and lighthearted way to get the message across. Bravo! See the campaign

CETEQ’s Gala Envirolys: last sprint for applications

The application period for the Conseil des entreprises en technologies environnementales du Québec’s Gala Envirolys is in full swing. Eligible companies in Québec must submit their application by 10 a.m. on September 25. See the event web page for information on the eight award categories.
Tour of ÉTS’s bitumen lab

Last July, a team from ÉEQ toured the École de technologie supérieure’s bitumen lab as a partner in a research project on materials that integrate glass collected via curbside recycling to bitumen. Our colleagues took the opportunity to provide additional information to students involved in the various projects underway.
Éco Entreprises Québec is now on Linkedin and Facebook!

Follow us to learn about the latest packaging optimization ideas, news from our partners and the many initiatives ÉEQ implements to improve curbside recycling.
Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) is the organization that develops the Schedule of Contributions and collects company contributions, which are then redistributed to finance municipal curbside recycling services in Quebec. ÉEQ also encourages innovation and sharing of best practices in order to optimize the recyclable materials value chain. To do so, ÉEQ cooperates, on the one hand, with companies to reduce quantities of materials at the source and encourage the use of recyclable materials, as well as with municipalities to increase recycling and the economic value of recovered materials.

ÉEQ is a private non-profit organization created by companies that put containers, packaging and printed matter on Quebec’s market to represent them. The organization was accredited by RECYC-QUÉBEC in 2005 in accordance with the Environment Quality Act.
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