ÉEQ’s annual general meeting on April 20 was the opportunity to take stock of the past year and present our latest annual report. The theme we chose, Together to transform innovation into concrete actions, perfectly reflects the spirit that drives our dynamic with our stakeholders.
This past year was one of many successes. The roll out of the Innovative Glass Works plan is currently underway and calls for the investment of $5.5M in the five sorting centres enrolled in the experimental pilot projects to process glass using implosion technology and $1.2M in measures to support the commercialization of ecomaterials made from recycled glass. With all eyes on us, our game plan is beginning to yield results and 2017 promises to be just as busy!
One of the highlights of the year is the news that the costs of curbside recycling are gradually becoming more stable and the estimated eligible municipal costs for the new 2017 Schedule of Contributions are lower than those for the 2016 Schedule. This will certainly be welcomed by our contributing companies, for which stability and foreseeability are critical.
In addition, the advertising campaigns featuring our spokesperson Éric Salvail found their target: this year, we focused our efforts on raising awareness among citizens on two themes: the importance of recovery at all levels and ecoresponsible product packaging.
Among our many accomplishments are also the strong demand for equipment by municipalities created through the Away-from-Home program and the success of the Best Practices initiative, which is in its third year.
Just as 2016 was a year of accomplishments, there is no doubt that 2017 will be just as full! Together, we will successfully tackle the many challenges that lie ahead.
Maryse Vermette, President and CEO