Performance in Quebec


PERFORMANCE IN QUEBEC

OVERVIEW OF MATERIALS RECOVERY IN QUEBEC

Overall, Quebecers recover more containers, packaging, printed matter and newspapers via curbside recycling than are eliminated.

While the recovery rate via curbside recycling was 21% in 1999-2000, it topped 65% in 2008. That comes to over 700,000 tonnes for 2010.

Recycling has shown steady growth since curbside collection programs were first implemented.

Sorting centre handling processes are being constantly improved and an increasing number of recycling bins are being installed in public places.

Sources : Caractérisation des matières résiduelles du secteur résidentiel au Québec 2006-2007, Éco Entreprises Québec and RECYC-QUÉBEC,
Caractérisation des matières résiduelles du secteur résidentiel au Québec 2010, Éco Entreprises Québec and RECYC-QUÉBEC

Source : Rapport d’activité et résultats 2008-2011, La Table pour la récupération hors foyer

Quebecers recover 65% of all recyclable materials!

LIn 2008, residential curbside recovery (paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and metal) reached 56% as compared to the government’s target of 60%.

The 2010 characterization study on the net costs of curbside recycling in Quebec, conducted on behalf of Éco Entreprises Québec and RECYC-QUÉBEC shows that the recyclables recovery rate is close to 65%.

The government’s new target for recyclables recovery is 70% by 2015.

Source : Politique québécoise de gestion des matières résiduelles et Plan d’action 2011-2015

Rates for plastics recovery.

Rates for plastics recovery and reclamation vary greatly according to type. People generally think of placing their empty bottles in recycling bins, but that is not the case for many other types of plastic containers. Remember that, with the sole exception of #6 plastic, all other plastics may be recycled.

In 2010, the recovery rate for plastics was 33%, compared to 27% in 2006-2007.

By recovering more plastics, we help raise the recovery rate of recyclable materials. Given that the recovery rate for glass in the municipal sector reached 82% in 2010, we can surely do better for plastics.

Source : Caractérisation des matières résiduelles du secteur résidentiel au Québec 2006-2007, Éco Entreprises Québec et RECYC-QUÉBEC, Caractérisation des matières résiduelles du secteur résidentiel au Québec 2010, Éco Entreprises Québec and RECYC-QUÉBEC