Prévost will begin charging a fee of 10 to 50 cents on single-use products sold in its territory, a first in the country. The Quebec Food Retailers Association (ADA) fears a lack of consistency between municipalities for these new fees.
With this measure, the city of Prévost hopes to reduce the use of plastic and the amount of waste to be treated. The bill for waste disposal is estimated at $1.3 million per year.
City Hall instead plans to offer consumers other bulk options that will not incur a fee.
This new financial burden, called “eco-contribution”, will be used in particular to set up a municipal fund to support projects involving environmentally conscious professions, according to a press release from Prévost, which invites the other municipalities in the area to follow suit .
“The best way to reduce the problem of the consumption of single-use products at source is to work together with our retailers and our citizens,” stressed Environment Director Frédérick Marceau.
Note that these additional costs will be added to the existing security deposit. In 2023, the new fees that are to be levied on glass, metal or cardboard containers in the format of 100 ml to two liters as part of the modernization of the deposit will cause the bill to skyrocket even further.
As we recall, the new deposit in 2023 is intended to increase the cost of buying a bottle of wine or spirits by 25 cents and for other reusable containers (juice, milk, water, soft drinks) by 10 cents.
In addition to the levy, all retailers selling bottled water or containers of windshield washer fluid in Prévost must, from 1 January 2019,ah can offer their customers a dampening solution or a filling station.
Since September 2021, Prévost has also banned the sale of certain single-use plastic products such as straws and cotton swabs on its territory.
For its part, the ADA fears that each of Quebec’s municipalities will now collect their own amounts for the royalties. She calls on the Legault government to act quickly and put in place policies.
According to the association, two neighboring cities could currently charge different prices for the same single-use product.
“There is already a fee for salvaging these containers. […] Citizens of Prévost are subject to double taxation,” said Stéphane Lacasse, director of public and government affairs at ADA.
“Because there is no barometer, each city can do whatever it wants,” he added.