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Faced with the impact of residual waste (which includes both reusable materials and those destined for landfills) on the quality of life, the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs developed the Quebec Residual Materials Management Policy (in French only) and required Quebec’s MRCs to create Residual Materials Management Plans (PGMR) through the Environment Quality Act.

The Quebec Policy on Waste Management 1998-2008 came to term. Thus, on March 15, 2011, the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Mr Pierre Arcand, announced Quebec’s new policy regarding Waste Management, and the first five-year plan. This new policy reflects the governmental intention of developing a whole new green industry that would creates job opportunities as well as wealth.

All information on the subject and the draft of the regulations are available on the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Park’s website (in French only).