Deposit for bottles: cold shower for David Heurtel

ministere-retient-point-vue-economiqueThe Environment Minister David Heurtel wants to move forward with its deposit system for wine bottles. Now this is an important obstacle stands before him. A study by experts commissioned by his ministry recommends improving the sorting of recyclables rather than record the glass. In fact, after 350 pages of complex equations, we see that the current system is probably the best.

After noting that the transportation costs of returnable containers varied considerably from province to province, economists of the Environmental Economics Research Centre, food, transport and energy (CREATE) at the University Laval conclude: “Such uncertainty incentive to adopt a conservative approach. Given the particularities of each region […], probably the best system similar to that already available. ”

Noting early in the day that La Presse knew the outline of the report, the Minister Heurtel chose to go public in the evening, on the website of his ministry. Making the summary of the study, Mr. Heurtel notes that the set is economically profitable for refillable containers such as beer bottles, but still believes it is worthwhile to study the set for bottles wine.

The Ministry also notes that “from an economic point of view, the collection remains a preferred route for disposable containers.” Accordingly, wine bottles such as plastic water bottles belong in the green or blue bins.

The study estimates that it would push further the study on the set of wine bottles, but notes that the handling of plastic water bottles do not in any way become profitable. The Minister Heurtel also wanted a solution for those containers that proliferate in public places in Quebec.

It is a cold shower for the Minister Heurtel, since in a preliminary report last spring, the same agency, the Environmental Economics Research Centre, concluded that the set of glass, including bottles from the SAQ, would be economically profitable. Before the summer, the Minister Heurtel had acknowledged in committee that he had received a preliminary report, but he preferred to wait for the results before commenting. The report was commissioned under the government of Pauline Marois.

The Ministry of Environment will shortly make public the study just thwart the plans of the Minister Heurtel, especially as it does not enjoy the support of his finance colleague, the head of the MLCC, Carlos Leitao.

The study concludes that it would be better to spend money on improving the efficiency of sorting centers to separate glass from other recyclables. The idea of ​​multiplying the centers of deposit and glass gobeuses does not inspire academics, who even mention the risk of fraud, do we learned from sources who read the conclusions.

Especially, it is estimated that even if a deposit was applied on wine bottles, the project Minister Heurtel was a set at 25 cents per bottle, consumers would not however likely to keep these containers, which in any case would take path of the recovery tank, as is the case today. Consumers opt spontaneously for recycling containers for their SAQ, a habit ingrained, will be seen.

It is expected that the supporters of the set – the population is overwhelmingly positive – they assert that CREATE has produced a study that was limited to purely economic considerations, regardless of broader issues such as global warming and social considerations.

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