Home / news / The Quebec government is introducing new measures to improve its recycling system by placing more responsibility on companies when it comes to the waste management of their products. They will be in charge of the recovery, sorting, packaging and recycling of their products.

The Quebec government is introducing new measures to improve its recycling system by placing more responsibility on companies when it comes to the waste management of their products. They will be in charge of the recovery, sorting, packaging and recycling of their products.

The Quebec government is introducing new measures to improve its recycling system by placing more responsibility on companies when it comes to the waste management of their products. They will be in charge of the recovery, sorting, packaging and recycling of their products.

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  1. This is exactly what needs to happen around the world. Taxes added to combat pollution just get passed onto the consumer, which changes nothing.

  2. If this was world wide back in the 70-80’s when plastic replaced glass/aluminum, we would not be in the position we are now, so yay, all for it.

  3. Fantastic idea. The rest of Canada should implement this. Especially for cannabis products. It’s like they’ve decided to save the plastic industry.

  4. I think some context would be useful to understand why the province is going forward with this plan now.

    Quebec’s recycling industry is struggling. For example, A large sorting company recently announced it was ceasing operations:

    https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/montreal-recycling-plant-operator-shuts-down-all-canadian-operations

    This is happening because there are few companies actually processing the collected materials. Like the rest of Canada, Quebec used to ship a lot of its plastic to China. Last year, China stopped accepting it. There was even a period 10 or 15 years ago where there was no company that recycled collected glass.

    The recycling industry has its hazards. We don’t sort our recyclables in my sector of the province, so the sorting facility has staff to sort it. Lots of unrecylable, even dangerous material ends up in the supply chain. Greasy cardboard, inappropriate waste that most people would not think to put, like syringes, etc. These problems add to the cost of sorting and cleaning the material to the point that it’s ready for transformation.

    The sum of these problems has led to a glut of material and few companies who will purchase and transform it into new products. That has brings us to here. We tried the profit-run model. In my opinion, it failed.

  5. Brilliant! Now watch companies there scramble to make more sustainable packaging, now the onus is on them.

  6. This is called internalizing costs. Good.

  7. Germany has done this for a long time.

  8. Good step.
    Always thought it would be better to cut at the source.

  9. Brilliant! This is the answer.

    If Coke wants to use plastic bottles instead of glass, then as a manufacturer they’re responsible for the recycling. If another manufacturer wants to use styrofoam and excessive packaging for their product, then they’re responsible for it.

    All manufacturers will realize that if the recycling cost is too high, or not achievable then they’ll take steps to find a more eco-friendly product. This should be the same for electronic waste etc

  10. Sometimes it feels like Quebec is the California of Canada.

  11. Good fishing up in Quebec.

  12. Put $1.00/lb price on contaminated (floating in the ocean, covered on gunk) plastic. A lesser price for clean plastic. Sort them out and have Cola and soap manufacturers pay to clean up their mess.

    We used to pick up soda bottles to get ourselves some dough.

  13. **From the article**: “ Under the plan, producers of containers, packaging and printed matter will be responsible for a product throughout its entire life cycle. They will be in charge of the recovery, sorting, packaging and recycling of their products.”.

    How in the fuck is any business supposed to do that? They going to require GPS tracking on every product sold and drones to surveil you to know when your done with it? This doesn’t seem well though out.

  14. This is a wonderful idea. Too often the burden is shifted to the consumer who has no real input into the decision making regards packaging. This results in landfill that could be avoided with thoughtful packing options.

  15. Whatever product I buy, I should realistically be able to return the non-perishable parts to the manufacturer. I don’t necessarily need a refund.

    Refusing returns pushes consumers to throw products away in the garbage.

  16. It used to be this way. That is why we had glass bottles instead of metal or plastic. Fun fact, the crying Native America commercial from the 70s was paid for by the beverage industry to put the focus on individual responsibility instead of corporate of managing all the trash from plastic and metal bottles and cans.

  17. Holy shit. I was just saying this was needed the other day. Like why have so many distinct colors of recyclable items that increase the cost of recycling. We are killing the world or at the very least being economically very inefficient for the sake of ….marketing?

    I wonder if there will also be a push for more biodegradable items?

  18. Although this is a step in the right direction, CO2 concentration is a bigger imperative.

    This is more of a ‘feel good about yourself’ thing.

    Also the cost will be transferred to the customer, it is the only way any business can remain competitive with others in the world.

  19. This is soooo a step in the right direction. Conglomerates like Nestle and Coke all down the line to local suppliers make profits from their product and bare no responsibility for the waste produced. Ultimately, the consumer pays for the product AND the cost of recycling the waste and the producer doesn’t have to give a shit about anything other than making money. If they have a price to pay for the waste they initiate, nothing could incentivize change any quicker than that.

  20. Good! As someone once in the food industry, it’s incredible how much corporate pressure prevents recycling. Literally nothing was ever actually recycled.

    When customers mix trash with recycling and underpaid employees have so many other things to do, Earth’s needs definitely take a back burner absent strong regulations and market incentives.

  21. > Placing more responsibility on companies

    I’m in

  22. What a brilliant idea. If companies refuse to sort/recycle their own products, they can always move out of Quebec, or move to any other country not Canada.

  23. You can bet there will be some work around for the companies. They will just hand it off to recycling companies and jack up the price. Or, the government will add a tax to the price that goes directly to the companies to pay for the clean up of their mess.

  24. It creates an incentive for manufactures to reduce packaging waste and integrate products with recycling in mind instead of socializing the problem

  25. Anyone who has seen the packaging for Canada’s new weed industry will surely welcome this new measure. I know many people who refuse to buy from the licensed dispensaries on environmental principles alone and continue to support the black market because it fits better with their ethics. They should be ashamed with the packaging requirements, especially since the industry had successfully sold weed for hundreds of years without the need for this stupidly excessive packaging.

  26. Excellent job Legault!! Run for pm!!

  27. THIS should particularly apply to auto companies.

  28. The same thing should be done for CO2 polluters. Tax companies more the more they pollute.

  29. This makes zero sense. If you’re buying a product packaged in plastic, then that packaging is also yours and it becomes your problem to dispose of. What’s the logic in mandating people essentially “rent” packaging from manufacturers? Now I’m paying Coca Cola to pay Waste Management to dispose of the bottle, instead of just paying Waste Management directly myself. Seems like a whole lot of circular responsibility shifting that ultimately does next to nothing.

  30. Ya know, outstanding Canada! Bravo…I wish it would happen in the states but I know that is a pipe dream.

  31. Where is it gonna go instead? THE GARBAGE! Like the rest of recycling because… We can’t recycle it here.

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