Packaging and Printed Materials Stewardship Program



Type of Initiative:

Shared responsibility

Products Targeted:

The program includes packaging, printed materials (including magazines) and newsprint collected by municipalities, in both residential and industrial, commercial and institutional (IC&I) sectors (when serviced).

Summary of Initiative
Supporting Framework
Program Details
Program Contacts

Summary of Initiative

In Quebec, Municipalities with multi-material recycling programs (“collecte sélective”) are entitled to compensation for their services under the Environment Quality Act and the “Regulation respecting compensation for municipal services provided to recover and reclaim residual materials,” in the order of a percentage of the net costs incurred (70% for 2010, 80% for for 2011, 90% for 2012 and 100% for 2013 and subsequent years). Industry stewards (i.e. brandowners and first suppliers) of packaging, printed materials and newsprint are required to provide compensation for municipalities for their services.

Regional municipalities in Quebec must have Regional Waste Management Plans able to achieve global objectives of the Quebec Policy on Residual Materials and the associated 2011-2015 Action Plan, which may include curbside multi-material recycling programs.

Industry stewards are required to remit fees to one of the two industry funded organisations, Éco-entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) for packaging and printed material and to RecycleMédias for newsprint products placed on the Quebec market.

Net costs to be compensated are established through audited annual declarations by municipalities, subject to an efficiency and performance factor. Recyc-Québec established total net costs to be paid by industry and calculates payments to municipalities. The two organizations send their contributions to Recyc-Québec who then pays municipalities.

The general public can participate through their local multi-material recycling programs (“collecte sélective”).

Supporting Framework


The “Regulation respecting compensation for municipal services provided to recover and reclaim residual materials” entitles municipalities to compensation in the order of a percentage of the net costs for managing their respective multi-material recycling program (70% for 2010, 80% for for 2011, 90% for 2012 and 100% for 2013 and subsequent years, plus 8.55% of that amount to cover administrative costs and the cost of collection equipment - recycling bins.)


The 2011-2015 Action Plan associated with the Quebec Policy on Residual Materials includes a target to recycle 70% of paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and metal waste.

Program Details

Product Collection:

Packaging, printed paper and newsprint materials collected through municipal multi-material recycling (“collecte selective”) programs can be put in your collection bin for curbside collection or dropped off at local depots in most places where curbside collection is not available. If you do not have a collection bin, please contact your municipality or local authority.

Product-specific Fees:

The multi-material recycling programs operated by municipalities are partly funded by fees paid to ÉEQ by brandowners and first suppliers (i.e. industry stewards) in Quebec for all designated materials under the program (i.e. packaging, printed materials and newsprint).

There are no fees charged to consumers at the point of sale (e.g. eco-fees).

Program Monitoring & Reporting:

Municipalities report to Recyc-Québec the quantities and costs of their multi-material recovery programs. ÉEQ and RecycleMédias are responsible for collecting contributions from the designated producers based on a government-approved schedule of contribution, and must remit the sum equivalent to the net costs incurred by municipalities for their to Recyc-Québec.

Recyc-Québec’s annual reports are available on its website.

Program Performance:

Quantities recovered by municipalities are reported annually to Recyc-Québec. In 2010, the results of a characterization study identified that about 65% of all designated packaging and printed materials placed on the Quebec market were recovered via existing multi-material recycling programs (“collecte sélective”).

Program Contacts

Service Providers:
Éco Entreprises Québec
1600, René-Lévesque Blvd. West
Suite 600
Montreal, Quebec H3H 1P9
Telephone: (514) 987-1491
Fax: (514) 987-1598

538 St-Henri Place
Montreal, Quebec H4C 2R9
Telephone: (514) 664-5548

Government Contact:
420, boul. Charest Est.
Bureau 200, Quebec, Quebec G1K 8M4
Local calls: (418) 643-0394
Toll free: 1 866-523-8290
Fax: (418) 643-6507

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