The newspaper you throw in the recycling bin will be recycled and sold to a local paper manufacturer.
That was the promise made Tuesday as the Quebec government announced it would find a modernization of the recycling collection and sorting process.
The province will spend $30.5 million over five years to improve the technology at sorting centres, and the system will henceforth be overseen by manufacturers of plastic and paper products that currently finance the system.
The city of Montreal is experiencing a crisis in its recycling collection system, as TIRU, the company that currently manages the city’s two sorting centres announced it would cease its operations in Canada, because it can’t find buyers for paper products the city has collected, which make up the bulk of materials at recycling centres. It’s currently difficult to find buyers for that paper, because it comes out of sorting centres contaminated with ceramic or other materials that renders it impossible to turn into new products. So the paper is sent on ships overseas, and it’s not clear if it is recycled or burned.
Under the new system, Environment Minister Benoit Charette said the technology at sorting centres will be improved so that the material that comes out of them will be of a higher quality.
Quebec-based companies, like paper manufacturer Kruger, currently buy recycled material, but it comes from outside the province.
Charette said the plan announced Tuesday will be managed by companies like Kruger, and so it will be in their interest to buy the material locally.
He said the new system would also allow the government to better trace materials sent to recycling centres and ensure they find a new life.
This story will be updated.