Organics Management in Québec: From Scratch to Banning!
Presented by Sophie Taillefer, Recyc-Québec
Date: Wednesday March 5th, 2014
Start Time: 12 noon (Central Time)
Presentation with opportunity for Q&A (1 hour in total)
The Québec waste management policy has identified a 60 per cent recycling target for organics for the year 2015 and an elimination ban by 2020. Based on 2010 and 2011 data, more than 4.4 million tonnes of organics residues are generated each year in the province and less than 20 per cent is recycled.
In order to reach these aggressive goals, the Quebec government has invested $650 million in a program dedicated to the implementation of anaerobic digestion and composting facilities across the province. Many projects are under way and innovative measures will have to be developed to optimize the use of biogas, digestate and compost.
Other means have been implemented, such as a $20 tax levy for every tonne of waste sent to landfill or incineration. EPR programs are also used for many other types of recyclable waste.
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The Compost Council of Canada is the national non-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to advocating and advancing organics residuals recycling and compost use. The Council serves as the central resource and network for the compost and organics recycling industry in Canada and, through its members, contributes to the environmental sustainability of the communities in which they operate. www.compost.org