Glossary for manufacturers

As manufacturers, you contribute nearly $57 million each year to fund recovery in Québec. Thank you!

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.


  • 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.

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

For example, for aluminum foil:
– weight of the box including the seal tab
– weight of the spool
– the aluminum foil itself 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
– plastic wine glasses
– polystyrene plates
– HDPE/LDPE (plastic) film, aluminum foil, parchment paper and waxed paper.

  • If you own a boutique, include the materials added at the point of sale.

For example:
– receipts and invoices
– shopping and prescription bags
– gift wrapping, etc.

If applicable, include all marketing-related printed matter.

For example:
– flyers and catalogues
– inserts, promotional booklets, etc.

  • List all the containers, packaging and printed matter used to fulfill online orders. For example: shipping boxes, added envelopes, etc.
  • List the products distributed free of charge at special and promotional events
  • Indicate the data sources used to complete your report.

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


  • Transport packaging that is not ultimately meant for consumers.
  • Containers, packaging and printed matter recovered after in-home delivery.
  • 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.
  • The private brands that you do not own and which are produced for another company
  • Containers and packaging meant for a final consumer that is an industrial, commercial or institutional establishment.

Information to have on hand when filing your report online

  • 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
– acquisition or sale of brands
– 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

Television / computer screen / dishwasher / wine refrigerator / furniture / tools / others
Produits : À classifier dans :

Polystyrene corner protectors

Expanded polystyrene – cushioning packaging

Plastic protective film and bags

HDPE and LDPE film

Plastic cable ties 

Other plastics, polymers and polyurethane

Wire tires 

Plastic laminants

Instruction manual and warranty information

Other printed matter

Frozen pizza
Produits : À classifier dans :


Boxboard and other paper packaging or corrugated cardboard 



Plastic packaging 

HDPE and LDPE film


Corrugated cardboard or paper laminants

Produits : À classifier dans :


Corrugated cardboard or Boxboard and other paper packaging

PaperKraft wrapping paper 

Kraft wrapping paper


Kraft wrapping paper

Tag tie 

Other plastics, polymers and polyurethane

Cough lozenges / allergy medication
Produits : À classifier dans :


Boxboard and other paper packaging

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 manufacturers

The reports filed by manufacturers often contain the same errors. Here are some tips and tricks to help you avoid them!

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