Glossary for distributors

Before you begin the reporting process, get up to date on key concepts by consulting the glossary for distributors.

Methodology to facilitate the reporting process

It is important to explain the methodology used to collect or estimate your data as part of the reporting process. In this section, you will find everything you need to develop your own work methodology.

Use the dedicated page in the ECO-D online reporting portal to detail your methodology.

Steps

  • List all the products sold during the reporting year.
  • Determine those responsible for each product:

– Include all the containers, packaging and printed matter related to your private brand products and those for which you are the first supplier in Québec.

– To help you identify products sold under a supplier’s brand for which you are not responsible, consult the list of companies that must file a report in the reporting system.

  • Identify the components of each product for which you are responsible.

For example, for a box of resealable freezer bags:

– Weight of the box

– The resealable bags themselves will be designated as a product CP&PM as of the 2018 Schedule of Contributions (see the following point).

  • Note that as of the 2018 Schedule of Contributions, the containers, packaging and printed matter sold as products (product CP&PM) are designated materials and must be reported by your company, if applicable.

For example:

– Aluminium pie plates

– Snack, sandwich and freezer bags

– Paper and polystyrene plates and glasses

– Snack, sandwich and freezer bags.

  • Include all secondary and tertiary packaging that will ultimately end up with the consumer. For example: the plastic film and cardboard tray used to wrap bottles of water sold by the carton.
  • Indicate the data sources used to complete your report.

For example: real unit weight determined manually or provided by the manufacturer, supplier or printer.

Deductions

  • The transport packaging that is not ultimately meant for consumers.
  • Returned merchandise that is :

– recalled

– expired

– damaged and cannot be sold to a consumer

– not distributed.

  • All containers, packaging and printed matter used or recovered in-house, unsold or not distributed due to recall.
  • All refundable containers. For example: soft drink containers, etc.
  • Containers and packaging meant for a final consumer that is an industrial, commercial or institutional establishment.

Declaration

  • Describe your activities and products and list the number of points of sale or entities in Québec.
  • Mention the changes since the last report.

Explain any considerable variations between the current quantities you are reporting and those included in the last report. 

For example:

– increase or decrease in sales (%)

– launch of new products

– reduction in packaging

– implementation of new measures

Reporting the containers, packaging and printed matter you put on the market in Québec each year can be a time-consuming exercise. But the right tools make it easier!

Examples of designated materials to include in your report

Food products
Produits : À classifier dans :

Containers, films, netting bags for citrus

Corrugated cardboard or PET containers or Plastic HDPE and LDPE films / Other plastics and polymers and polyurethane

Electronics
Produits : À classifier dans :

Boxes

Corrugated cardboard or Boxboard and other paper packaging

Instruction manual and warranty information

Other printed matter

Miscellaneous containers and packaging

Expanded polystyrene – cushioning packaging or Plastic HDPE and LDPE films or Plastics laminants or Other plastics, polymers and polyurethane

Sporting apparel and goods
Produits : À classifier dans :

Boxes / tags / bags

Corrugated cardboard or Other plastics, polymers and polyurethane

Hardware
Produits : À classifier dans :

Miscellaneous containers and packaging

Corrugated cardboard or PVC, polylactic acid (PLA) and other degradable plastics or PET containers or Plastic HDPE and LDPE films

Hassle-free reporting

Examples of containers, packaging and printed matter made up of several materials subject to a fee

Some containers, packaging and printed matter raise a few questions. In what material class should I report the bottlecap, label or lid? A picture is worth a thousand words!

Common errors by distributors

Some containers, packaging and printed matter raise a few questions. In what material class should I report the bottlecap, label or lid? A picture is worth a thousand words!

You generate less than 15 TM of designated materials or your revenue is in the $1M and $2M range?