Proposed Regulations to Support Qubec's Draft Residual Materials Management Policy by ProQuest

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Following the tabling of the Quebec Draft Residual Materials Management Policy and its Action Plan 2010-2015, the Minister of Sustainable Development Environment and Parks tabled three draft regulations to support the Policy's implementation in accordance with the strategies of the Action Plan. The Draft Regulation respecting the recovery and reclamation of products by enterprises (Draft Regulation) is aimed at reducing the quantity of residual materials sent for disposal by making businesses responsible for the recovery and reclamation of certain products designated under the Draft Regulation. The Minister of Sustainable Development Environment and Parks also tabled the Draft Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting the charges payable for the disposal of residual materials pursuant to which for each metric ton of residual materials received for disposal in an authorized landfill between Apr 1, 2010 and Mar 31, 2015, the operator of a landfill site will be required to pay an additional charge of $9.50 that is added to the present charge of $10.67 per ton.

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facturers and mineral processing operations must there-          agement method. The system must furthermore ensure
fore make an important choice when they define their             that the management of recovered products, including
‘‘processes’’ for the first annual report. They will never be    their transportation, storage, sorting, consolidation and
able to redefine them, and the number and detail of the          treatment is carried out according to accepted standards
‘‘processes’’ will have a major impact upon the overall cost     and enables to follow the recovery and reclamation pro-
of regulatory compliance. They must therefore think care-        cess of the products and materials, from their recovery to
fully, and think ahead, about which details are likely to give   their final reclamation destination. Favouring the local or
them useful information about potentially cost-effective         regional management of residual materials and providing
changes to their operations.                                     for collection points as determined by the Draft Regulation
                                                                 are other requirements to be met besides providing infor-
                                                                 mation, awareness and education activities, including a
                                                                 research and development aspect of the program and
                       Quebec                                    ensuring that it is regularly audited as prescribed by the
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Proposed Regulations to Support Quebec’s                         Draft Regulation.
Draft Residual Materials Management                              (b) Designated Products
Policy                                                                The categories of products presently targeted by the
                                                                 Draft Regulation are electronic products, batteries, mercury
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     Following the tabling of the Quebec Draft Residual
                                                                 lamps, paint and paint containers and oil, coolants, anti-
Materials Management Policy and its Action Plan
                                                                 freeze and their filters and containers. Existing regulations
2010-2015, the Minister of Sustainable Development, Envi-
                                                                 applicable to the recovery and reclamation of paints and
ronment and Parks tabled three draft regulations to sup-
                                                                 paint containers as well used oils, oil or fluid containers
port the Policy’s implementation in accordance with the
                                                                 and used filters will be revoked and existing programs for
strategies of the Action Plan.
                                                                 these products will be replaced with the programs devel-
1. Extended Producer Responsibility                              oped under the Draft Regulation.
     The Draft Regulation respecting the recovery and rec-           Electronic products covered by the Draft Regulation
lamation of products by enterprises (Draft Regulation) is        are electronic appliances used to send, receive, display,
aimed at reducing the quantity of residual materials sent        store, record or save information, images, sounds or waves,
for disposal by making businesses responsible for the            and their accessories, except products designed and
recovery and reclamation of certain products designated          intended to be used in an industrial, commercial or institu-
under the Draft Regulation. At this time, the products cov-      tional environment inclusively. The Draft Regulation pro-
ered by the Draft Regulation are electronic products, bat-       vides that the subcategories of electronic products covered
teries, mercury lamps, paint and paint containers, as well as    by the Regulation are:
used oils, coolants, antifreeze and their filters and con-
                                                                     1. desktop computers;
tainers.
                                                                     2. laptop computers;
(a) Recovery And Reclamation Program
                                                                     3. handheld computers and tablet PCs;
     The Draft Regulation provides that companies that
market a new product under a brand, name or distin-                  4. computer screens;
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