The obligations of companies
Organizations subject to the Environment Quality Act must register with ÉEQ, report the containers, packaging and printed matter they put on the market in Quebec depending on the type of materials and their quantities and pay their contributions to finance municipal curbside recycling services.
1. Register with ÉEQ
2. File a report
3. Pay a contribution based on a report
Profile of contributing companies
The companies that pay contributions to ÉEQ under the Act operate in a range of sectors. They vary in size, from tens to thousands of employees and from millions to billions in turnover. In total, they generate an estimated $100 billion per year in Québec.
The retailers, distributors and first importers of packaged products cover 55% of the costs. This high percentage is mainly attributable to the many private brand products, flyers and other advertising inserts and packaging that are directly added at the point of sale, such as those included with products prepared in house.
The majority (more than 65%) of organizations that contribute to the compensation plan put on the market a very small amount of containers, packaging and printed matter. These low-volume producers generally make contributions of less than $3,000.
Which companies are targeted?
The companies or organizations that market products or services in Quebec that:
- provide products or services aimed at Quebec consumers
- generate containers, packaging or printed matter
- own a brand, name or distinguishing guise
- are based or established in Quebec
- The first suppliers of a product or service under a brand, name or distinguishing guise in Quebec
- The owners of products or services that are not based or established in Quebec
- Whether you import it or not