As the holidays draw near, another busy year at ÉEQ is coming to a close, both in terms of the application of the compensation plan and the optimization of curbside recycling.
Our Innovative Glass Works plan, which was launched in January 2016 with funding from the organizations that ÉEQ represents, will make it possible to advance a concrete solution for all the glass collected through curbside recycling. Moreover, on November 14, we announced the names of the five sorting centres that were selected to take part in pilot projects to test glass sorting and cleaning technologies so that the material may then be used as a component in various products and ecomaterials.
In addition, we recognize the efforts invested by our team of experts working to optimize municipal curbside recycling programs through the activities of the Best Practices Initiative, which has led us to meet with driven municipal officials from across Québec, and the work carried out by our ecodesign experts, who helped several businesses that sought to design responsible packaging options.
With regard to the compensation plan, 2016 was marked by the adoption of the three Schedules of Contributions, including the 2017 Schedule of Contributions that was approved by our board of directors and submitted to RECYC-QUÉBEC this month. Next year will prove challenging for contributing organizations since several payments will be required throughout the year for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Schedules of Contributions. In this regard, ÉEQ will do its utmost to support businesses in their financial responsibility.
Heading into 2017, ÉEQ has just been reaccredited by RECYC-QUÉBEC, with which we have renewed our partnership in a spirit of openness, transparency and collegiality.
Finally, I would like to thank the contributing organizations, as well as all of those who collaborate with us to optimize Québec’s curbside recycling system. On behalf of the entire ÉEQ team and our board of directors, I would like to extend our warmest wishes for this holiday season.
Maryse Vermette, President and Chief Executive Officer