Update / impact for the members:

The government published the proposed regulation amending the Regulation for compensation for municipal services provided to recover and reclaim residual materials. This proposed regulation can be enacted at the expiration of a 30 days period after publication, which will bring us to December 4, 2015. RCC will provide comments to reiterate our opposition to the sharing of costs associated with the recovery of non-designated materials.

You can consult the proposed Regulation in the Gazette officielle du Québec, here

Highlights:

The proposed regulation maintains at 50 % the costs paid by municipalities for the recovery of non-designated materials.  However, a new waste study on the composition of the blue box indicated that the percentage of non-designated materials has gone down from 15 % to 13.2 % (for an equal part between municipalities and producers at 6.6%). This will be applicable for 2015 and subsequent years if the project is adopted as proposed. 

The proposed regulation also reviews, for 2015 and subsequent years, the applicable share of designated material, as follow:

  • 71.9% for containers and packaging (an increase of 2.8%),
  • 19.4% for printed matter (a decrease of 1, 1%) et
  • 8.7% for newspapers (a decrease of de 1.7%).

This distribution will translate in:

  • An increase of 5.23 M$ of amounts paid by producers in the category of containers and packaging
  • A decrease of 1.33 M$ of amounts paid by producers in the category of printed matter.

New timeline:

The proposed regulation, taking into consideration the changes, includes a timeline for payments made to RECYC-Québec by producers for 2015 and 2016.  Éco Entreprises Québec will have to pay to RECYC-Québec amounts owed according to the following schedule:

  • For the year 2015: payments must be provided by the end of the fifth month (80% of the annual compensation owed to the municipalities) and seventh month (balance) following the publication of the regulation in the Gazette officielle du Québec.
  • For the year 2016: at least 50% of the amount due will need to be paid not later than 31 December 2016, and the balance, not later than 31 March 2017.

Next steps:

  • RCC will provide comments to reiterate our opposition to the sharing of costs associated with the recovery of non-designated materials.
  • As an alternative position, and considering that the percentage of non-designated material is going down, RCC will push for a time limit in the regulation, as it was done previously, and request another study in 2 years to bring these costs down further.

If you have any questions, please contact Philippe Cantin, Manager, Environment, at 514-966-2078, or at [email protected].