The reform of the container deposit will have to wait
The expansion of the beverage container deposit will be a long time coming. Originally scheduled for the end of the year, it has been postponed to the spring of 2023. This was announced by the Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Benoit Charette, during a press conference, Wednesday.
This delay is explained by the pandemic, justified Mr. Charette. The reform must affect beverage containers from 100 milliliters to 2 liters, whether they are plastic, glass or metal. Containers made of multilayers should then be affected by the reform in 2025.
“Thanks to the proposed regulations, we can finally see a marked improvement in the management of our residual materials and a reduction in the materials sent to landfill,” commented Mr. Charette. We will also help strengthen the recovery and recycling industry over the next few years, while creating local market opportunities.”
This will be one more way to reduce the waste of resources, promote the circular economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change climatic
To carry out the reform, modified return points will be installed in public places. Beverage producing companies will have the mandate to produce containers compatible with the deposit according to the standards established by Recyc-Québec.
The change to the deposit system was initially announced in January 2020.
Coercive measures to be applied
Waste is accumulating in Quebec. Faced with this observation, the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) recommends reversing the trend with the application of legal and fiscal coercive measures, as well as by promoting the circular economy. This is the finding established in a report submitted on Tuesday.
“Measures such as banning the marketing or banning the disposal of certain products must be considered seriously”, considers one of the commissioners of the BAPE, Joseph Zayed.
Eco-taxation should be used for certain products, such as so-called “single-use” products, believes the BAPE.