Quebec has released a Residual Materials Management Policy pursuant to the Environment Quality Act. The policy contains measures to address the three main challenges associated with residual materials management, namely, ending resource waste, promoting the goals of the Climate Change Action Plan and the Quebec Energy Strategy; and making all stakeholders involved responsible for residual materials management.
By 2015 the quantity of waste materials sent for disposal will be reduced to 77 kg per resident, with 70 per cent of paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and metal waste being recycled and 70 per cent of building, construction, renovation and demolition waste being sent to a recycling centre. Other objectives to be achieved by 2015 include processing 60 per cent of organic putrescible waste using biological processes such as land farming and composting, and recycling or reclaiming 80 per cent of concrete, brick and asphalt waste.
A financial package of 650 million dollars over five years will be contributed to achieve the goals. About half will come from state coffers, drawing upon royalties on oil and the waste; Quebec will advance the money to build plants capable of processing organic material.
The government will double the cost of landfill disposal, which will increase from $ 10.67 to $ 20.17 per tonne. This fee will be refunded to cities, however, as performance criteria to be defined.
The new policy also encourages producer responsibility; increasingly, manufacturers and brand owners will be responsible for the full end-of-life costs of managing their products and packaging.