A DRS seeks to incentivize reuse and recycling by legislating that a deposit is added to the price of a drink, which is refunded when the consumer returns the empty drink container for recycling. The roll-out of automated collection equipment in Quebec will begin in the first quarter of 2024 and continue over three years, during which time TOMRA will make an investment of approximately 430 million NOK in the new infrastructure.
“Today, eleven out of 13 Canadian provinces and territories offer deposit return systems, to combat litter, increase recycling, and drive a circular economy,” explained Alain Nault, SVP, General Manager of TOMRA Canada.
''It is inspiring that Quebec is making huge new strides with the modernization of their drink container recycling program, promising to become one of the most efficient systems in the world. TOMRA is excited to be on board as the major provider of automated collection technology for that expansion.'' Alain Nault SVP, General Manager of TOMRA Canada.
The Quebec redemption centers will be equipped with TOMRA T9 and T70 reverse vending machines, as well as installations of TOMRA's Expert Line bulk collection technology for industrial facilities, configured for consumer interaction. The return centers automated by TOMRA include smaller centers that will purchase the reverse vending infrastructure and subscribe to a service agreement, and larger centers that will operate on a throughput revenue model (where TOMRA is paid based on the number of containers returned through their equipment).