Partnership with Éco Entreprises Québec: a New Era for Curbside Recycling Will Start Soon in La Haute-Yamaska RCMPartnership with Éco Entreprises Québec:

Montréal, February 19, 2024 – Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) is proud to announce its partnership with La Haute-Yamaska Regional County Municipality (RCM). In accordance with the extended producer responsibility (EPR) principle, ÉEQ is responsible for planning, supervising and financing the curbside recycling system. This agreement, adopted by the MRC Council on February 14, formalizes the roles of ÉEQ and the RCM in the management of recyclable materials in La Haute-Yamaska starting in 2025.

The excellent collaboration of the elected officials of La Haute-Yamaska RCM will ensure the optimization of the curbside recycling ecosystem by introducing streamlined operations and improving logistical efficiency, while maintaining a citizen-centered approach.

In addition, the implementation of EPR by ÉEQ will allow all Quebecers to recover the same materials by using blue bins, regardless of where they are in the province. As the producer responsibility organization (PRO) for curbside recycling, ÉEQ will now be accountable for the system’s performance across Québec.

For ÉEQ, this new partnership agreement is the latest in a series of some 50 agreements signed with municipal organizations (MOs) in recent weeks, representing more than 60% of the population of Québec.

Highlights

  • Effective January 1, 2025, ÉEQ will assume all the costs of collecting and transporting containers, packaging and printed matter collected by means of curbside recycling throughout Québec;
  • As a result, there will be only one list of recyclable materials in Quebec, regardless of the region or municipality;
  • ÉEQ will compensate the signatory MOs for the associated management fees and the costs of public information services;
  • The partnership agreement has been customized to take into account the particularities of curbside recycling services in the RCM;
  • The terms of the partnership agreement with La Haute-Yamaska RCM are mainly intended to:
  • State the respective responsibilities of each party;
  • Oversee the implementation of curbside recycling services;
  • Establish a list of materials accepted in recycling bins;
  • Set the parameters for reimbursement and compensation by ÉEQ.
  • This agreement is in addition to those recently signed, as ÉEQ has entered into many partnership agreements with cities and MOs in compliance with the Regulation respecting a system of selective collection of certain residual materials and other regulatory provisions.
  • The agreement signed with La Haute-Yamaska RCM covers curbside recycling services for 95,992 people;
  • To date, ÉEQ has reached agreements with MOs representing nearly 460 municipalities and 5.1 million Quebecers.

Quotes

“As in the rest of Québec, collaboration with La Haute-Yamaska RCM is essential to ensure the implementation of the EPR principle. In this way, we are working together to transform our recycling management system to make it more efficient and optimize it. ”

Maryse Vermette, President and CEO of Éco Entreprises Québec.

“The RCM is pleased to be part of the modernization of curbside recycling in Quebec! This agreement will allow us to maintain quality local services for our residents, as well as our industries, businesses and institutions (ICI), but also to standardize the message and, therefore, simplify the understanding of everyone within the province.”

Valérie Leblanc, Assistant Director General and Assistant Clerk-Treasurer at La Haute-Yamaska RCM

About Éco Entreprises Québec

Since 2005, Éco Entreprises Québec, a private, non-profit organization, has been representing producers who market packaging, containers and printed matter in their responsibility to finance curbside recycling. Appointed as a producer responsibility organization (PRO) in 2022, ÉEQ is in charge of managing curbside recycling in Québec from a sustainable development perspective.

As the leader in extended producer responsibility (EPR), ÉEQ develops, manages and advises its producer members on circular economy solutions to reduce their environmental footprint. To achieve this, ÉEQ places ecodesign, recyclability and traceability at the heart of its actions with its partners. ÉEQ will continue to fulfill its role as a PRO during the transition from the compensation plan to EPR curbside recycling.

About La Haute Yamaska RCM

The gateway to the Eastern Townships, Haute-Yamaska benefits from being close to everything. Less than an hour from the metropolis of Montreal, it offers all the advantages of a big city, but in a peaceful and enchanting setting, surrounded by nature. A family destination par excellence, Haute-Yamaska is made up of eight municipalities that feature cycling, culture and gourmet products. The area is known for its entrepreneurship, high technology, agriculture and music, as well as the appreciation and protection of animal species. It has everything a nature lover could want with all the services and amenities.

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Source and Information

Marie-Claude Rivet

Manager, Strategy and Public Affairs

514-987-1491, ext. 237

mcrivet@eeq.ca

For more information

Gabrielle Lauzier-Hudon

Communications Coordinator, La Haute-Yamaska RCM

glauzierhudon@haute-yamaska.ca

450-378-9976, ext. 2276