MONTREAL (June 11, 1:05 p.m. ET) — Quebec plans to raise deposits for beer and soft drink cans to 10 cents per returned item by the end of this year under a new five-year plan to deal with its recyclables.
The deposit includes beer cans and soft drinks, energy drinks and PET containers and glass soft drinks.
Quebec's 30-year-old law on handling recyclables also will be updated, the Montreal Gazette reported.
Quebecers purchase 390 million cans per year and pay nearly $21 million in deposits on beer and other drink cans, the newspaper said. The current redeemable rate is 5 cents.
“Our goal is to ensure we maintain the best environmental performance possible,” Pierre Arcand, Quebec's minister for the environment, sustainable development and parks, said in a statement on the Recyc-Quebec website. “By updating the deposit system, we will improve the recovery rate of containers, and so continue our efforts towards a Quebec always greener, cleaner and sustainable. Countries and progressive states like Sweden, Australia, California and New York have already proceeded in this direction.”
Quebec also intends to spend $4 million this year to improve the treatment and composting of organic waste. It will also earmark similar dollar amounts in each of the other years of its five-year plan to deal with organic waste, the newspaper said.