Quebec's new recycling stewardship system

The Province of Quebec recently passed a new bill to allow municipalities to be compensated for the materials recovery services they provide. Under Bill 102, product manufacturers will be required to pay a stewardship fee to help pay for municipal collection efforts. The stewardship program was developed as a principal component of the province’s 10-year plan to reduce waste by 65 per cent by 2008.

The cost of municipal waste recycling programs in Quebec is estimated to be about $50-million per year. Under Bill 102, industry will be expected to cover half of that cost.
Recyc-Quebec, the province’s primary waste residual management organization, will manage negotiations among municipalities and manufacturers to decide on the funding formula and participants. The paint and beverage container industries will probably be excluded from the plan.

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