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Region wants province to scrap law on trash

The regional body for Vaudreuil-Soulanges is asking the province to open its books to justify a new law that would reduce compensation to towns for recycling collection.

The law, which is still being studied, would reduce the amount sent to municipalities by manufacturers of packaging products like cardboard boxes. As part of a polluter-pay model, the current arrangement calls for packaging companies to fund the recycling programs of municipalities.

But the companies argue that about 15 per cent of the products that get processed isn’t material that they produced. The companies have proposed to split that cost with municipalities. At the end of the day, that would mean a 7.5-per-cent reduction in the funding for recycling programs.

In its council meeting last week, the MRC of Vaudreuil-Soulanges passed a resolution opposing the law. The Union of Quebec Municipalities has also come out against the law and has asked the province to withdraw it.

“They’re trying to pull a fast one on us,” said Guy-Lin Beaudoin, the general manager of the MRC. “Because in the end, about 30 per cent of everything they produce goes to the dump (not to recycling plants), and (the companies) don’t pay anything for that. It’s the towns that pay for that.”

The resolution also called for the province to show how it has come up with the 15-per-cent figure.

“We want to see their numbers,” Beaudoin said. “And then we’ll send them ours, so we can show them that they should be paying about 30-per-cent more. I think it will be quite a heated exchange.”

jmagder@montrealgazette.com
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