Mieux recycler

Overseeing material recovery facilities and developing new markets


Development of new markets for recyclable materials

The closure of Asian markets, where a large portion of our sorted materials used to be purchased, has forced material recovery facilities to liquidate their merchandise on local markets. To give new life to all of our recovered materials locally, however, there is still a lot of work to be done.

Moreover, a lot of MRF equipment is obsolete, which limits the quality and quantity of materials being sent to recyclers.

Test your knowledge

Paper and cardboard

What material comes out of material recovery facilities the most for recycling purposes?

That's what we thought, too!

Plastic is the second most commonly-found material in Quebecers' recycling bins. 54% of the plastic in there is recycled by Quebec-based materials recovery facilities and represents 7% of the output. In theory, all plastics are recyclable, but types 1 and 2 (PET and HDPE) are the most demanding ones in terms of collection, sorting and recycling efforts. In materials recovery facilities, paper and cardboard are the most in-demand materials. They account for 81% of output.

Not quite!

As some glass containers are also included in the deposit system (e.g. beer bottles, and soon several other containers, too, thanks to the project to broaden the deposit system), glass only accounts for 6%* of MRF output. Paper and cardboard account for the largest quantity of MRF output materials (81%).

That's right!

Paper and cardboard account for the largest quantity of MRF output materials (81%).


Overseeing material recovery facilities and promote the use of recycled and recyclable materials in the design of packaging elements.

Investing in the modernization of MRFs will contribute to producing a better quality of materials and, therefore, better performance for recycling in Quebec.

Businesses need to improve their packaging design. The recyclability of packaging will increase and the entire system will benefit.

In other words, making recycling a model of circular economy is the solution: Materials people place in their bins must be properly sorted by MRFs, transformed by recyclers, reintroduced as recycled materials in packaging or used as raw materials to make new products, by local businesses.

Uniting our forces to recycle better

  • 01

    Overseeing material recovery facilities and broaden the application of best practices

  • 02

    Increase the quality of materials sorted, then sent from MRFs to processors

  • 03

    Improve confidence in the system by ensuring the application of transparency and traceability


At material recovery facilities, sorters work hard every day to remove "intruders" from the line. These are items or objects that have been wrongfully placed in recycling bins. Could you be as efficient as they are?


Click on the intruders to remove them from the recycling chain.

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Go back to school!!

Sorters do a job that requires rapidity and precision! To help them out, inform yourself before putting certain materais in the bin. The Ça va où? app will certainly be of help.

Not so bad!

You sort with agility but you're still missing some precision! When in doubt, consult the Ça va où? app and you'll certainly become a #binpro.

You're a real #binpro!

Awesome! You really know which materials are accepted in the bin, and you do it with agility and rapidity. Don't forget, when in doubt, consult the Ça va où? app.

Tools to improve recycling in Quebec