In Montreal, the set of cans of beer and soft drink containers and plastic and glass will increase from five cents to 10 cents, announced Sunday by the Environment, Minister Pierre Arcand and agency officials RECYC- QUEBEC. For 30 years, the price had not increased logging.
This increase is intended to encourage people to recycle more, the minister said.
“Our goal is to ensure we maintain the best environmental performance possible,” said Arcand. “By updating the deposit system, we will improve the recovery rate of containers.”
According to Pierre Arcand, Sweden, Australia, California and New York, have already applied this method.
Positive feedback traders
The Association of merchants, grocers and convenience stores in Quebec welcomed the government’s decision.
“In addition to benefiting the people of Quebec, this ad will ensure adequate funding for our members,” said president of the AMDEQ, Yves Servais, who added that “the all shops offering on their shelves returnable containers, such as pharmacies, should participate in the recovery effort. Not only merchants, convenience stores and grocers. ”
The brewer Molson Coors Canada has also responded positively.
“The announcement of a possible increase in the value of the deposit of $0.05 to $0.10 can only have a positive effect on the rate of return and recovery of containers which it is applied,” said Marie-Helene Lagace, spokesman for Molson Coors, in a statement.
The association of soft drink bottlers in Quebec (AEBGQ) recommends that more options are considered before adding additional costs to consumers of beverages.
“This unexpected announcement is not in the best interest of consumers, industry or environment and is contrary to the Policy on Waste Management Quebec unveiled last year,” said said Marc Coulombe, president of the AEBGQ, in a statement Sunday.
The AEBGQ asked the government set up a consultation process with all key players in the system to clearly identify the issues, share the facts and weigh the financial obligations.
“This consultation should also analyze the other alternatives, increasing the rate of deposit, to ensure that Quebecers can count on a deposit system that is efficient and effective.”