Waste Policy Framework

In Québec, the government adopted a framework EPR regulation that came into force on July 14, 2011.Province-Wide Diversion Programs include a mixed approach with some EPR, shared responsibility, and product stewardship.

Legislated EPR Programs:

  • Electronics and cell phones
  • Automotive – used oil, oil containers and/or filters, glycol
     

Voluntary programs

  • HHSW – pesticides/fertilizers and containers

Shared Responsibility

  • Packaging and Printed Paper (PPP)
  • Packaging – milk containers
     

Product Stewardship Programs

  • Packaging – beverage containers
  • Automotive tires

Diversion Rates

All materials diverted

2,404,481

White goods

276,767

Electronics

21,525

Plastics

137,235

Tires

75,541

Construction, renovation and demolition

210,000

Other materials

8,000


Energy Recovery from Waste Approach

There is one large EFW facility in QC, the Kativik. The Regional Government is planning on conducting a feasibility study for a small scale incinerator for the north. Quebec’s landfill and incineration regulation specifically includes technology designed for smaller EFW facilities. Criteria under development for EFW incinerators, pyrolysis chambers, gasifiers, plasma ovens, industrial ovens, and boilers.


Plastic Bans

Montreal became the first major Canadian city to ban retailers from using single-use plastic bags on January 1st 2018. The bylaw targets the thin, single-use plastic bags usually used by grocery stores.