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Recycling household appliances – Towards ambitious but realistic recovery targets


MONTREAL, June 15, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – On reading the final version of the Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting the recovery and reclamation of products by enterprises, GoRecycle reiterates its support for the government’s objective of ensuring optimal management of residual materials and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The organization is committed to maximizing its environmental impact while ensuring that it does not incur unnecessarily high costs, which will need to be covered by consumers through environmental management fees.

An in-depth analysis of the regulations allows GoRecycle to identify notable advances, while identifying areas for improvement to make the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program a success.

Banning parallel markets: a step in the right direction

GoRecycle applauds the introduction of additional measures to combat parallel markets, i.e. companies or other recovery initiatives operating outside the regulatory framework and official programs. These markets reduce the possibility of accessing the full range of designated products; therefore, banning them is a great step forward. That being said, strict controls and proactive inspections will be needed quickly to tackle violators and achieve this goal.

Inconsistent targets

The organization also considers that the targets and categories of products established in the regulations do not correspond to the real situation perceived on the ground and to similar international programs. GoRecycle will have less than three years to reach the 70% target for Category 1 (refrigerated appliances) and five years for Category 4 (non-refrigerated appliances). In contrast, a similar program in British Columbia achieved a recycling rate of less than 30% after 10 years of implementation.

No other Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program in Quebec had such ambitious goals in such a short time. The organization remains committed to ambitious but realistic goals and will work hard to achieve them.

Non-refrigerated appliances: a bad idea?

Additionally, GoRecycle argues that Category 4 devices should not be affected by the settlement. These devices are generally made up of more than 90% metals and pose no documented environmental problems because they are currently recycled by scrap metal dealers and generate little waste. GoRecycle is concerned that introducing another method of dealing with these devices will have little positive impact.

However, we understand the government’s need for strong evidence on this issue, and GoRecycle intends to further document the situation, including device characterization, a feasibility study, and a life cycle analysis assessing environmental and economics of regulating this category.

Openness of the government to review the regulation

GoRecycle has had constructive discussions with the Ministry of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change (MELCC), which has taken a pragmatic and responsive approach in many respects. Despite the fact that the final version of the regulations still contains targets and product categories that are less in line with the reality on the ground, GoRecycle recognizes the openness of government authorities to revise these elements if the evidence and experience on the ground demonstrate their validity. relevance.

In the meantime, GoRecycle will continue to deploy significant communication efforts to encourage Quebecers to adopt a new behavior while recognizing that such a change of habit takes time.


GoRecycle is a collective non-profit organization recognized by RECYC-QUÉBEC that represents retailers, distributors and manufacturers who have joined forces to improve the recycling of household appliances in Quebec. With more than 260 drop-off points in Quebec, GoRecycle finances and manages collection and recycling activities. GoRecycle is the only organization recognized by RECYC-QUÉBEC that recycles certain refrigerated household appliances, such as refrigerators and air conditioners. Its mission is to support appliance recycling management practices through the establishment of programs that are both effective and good for the environment and to provide compliance solutions for the industry.


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