Quebec to transition to producer responsibility system for disposable materials

Published February 22, 2020

The Quebec government has unveiled a plan to place more responsibility on businesses that produce products that end up in the province’s waste management system.

Under the plan, producers of containers, packaging and printed materials will be responsible for a product throughout its entire life cycle. They will be in charge of the recovery, sorting, packaging and recycling of all products they produce.

Businesses will have to meet targets set by the government and face penalties if they fail to do so, with the intention to encourage the production of more environmentally sustainable materials.

New measures under this plan will be progressively implemented from 2022 to 2024 through the introduction of new legislation.

What will this mean for foodservice?

Restaurants Canada has been working closely with Quebec government stakeholders to ensure measures introduced under this new plan will have minimal impact on foodservice operations. The main objectives are to ensure that foodservice businesses will not become responsible for managing the new system, once implemented, and will not become bottle deposit centres as a result.

Restaurants and other businesses in the foodservice and hospitality sector are currently responsible for contributing to the costs of recovering recyclable containers through fees to Éco Entreprises Québec. Fairness and transparency for the foodservice sector will remain critically important for the success of the new system.

If you have any questions or would like more information, you can get in touch with David Lefebvre, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Federal and Quebec, at DLefebvre@restaurantscanada.org.

Marlee Wasser

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