Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ), recently appointed as a Designated Management Organization (DMO) by the Government of Quebec, was given the responsibility to manage and implement the modernization of curbside recycling in late October.

Subsequently, ÉEQ, a private non-profit organization representing companies that market containers, packaging, and printed matter in Quebec, launched a call for qualification for the construction and operation of a new sorting center serving the east end of the island of Montreal. ÉEQ intends to develop a sustainable partnership that reflects its increased obligations under the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).

“Recent events have repeatedly shown us the challenges posed by the sorting capacities of recyclable materials in the Greater Montreal area,” said Maryse Vermette, president and CEO of ÉEQ.  “We know that the capacity challenges are present for the eastern part of the island of Montreal, but also in the surrounding areas. Considering the critical aspects of the situation in Montreal and in order to ensure that we act with equity, responsibility and vigilance, it is essential to launch a call for qualification to companies managing sorting centers now.”

This call for qualification is the first step in setting up a new modern infrastructure for sorting and packaging containers, packaging, and printed matter. It aims to respond quickly to the challenges of the CESM while respecting the new ÉEQ framework.

To qualify, respondents to the call for qualification will have to demonstrate, among other things, that they own or are a long-term tenant of land zoned for this type of use in the east end of the island of Montreal. They must also demonstrate their capacity to finance, build and operate such a sorting center as well as their expertise in the field.

Respondents will be required to submit their proposal by January 10, 2023. After analysis, it is anticipated that ÉEQ will proceed with an invitational bidding process with qualified firms.

This new sorting center will contribute to the achievement of the ambitious objectives that Quebec has set for itself, as well as the establishment of traceability and transparent reporting on the fate of sorted materials. For more information: https://www.eeq.ca/en/modernisation/.

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