Following mediation by the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks to break the impasse in negotiations between Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) and the two municipal associations designated by law as the negotiating entities to establish the net costs incurred by municipalities to recover and reclaim "containers", "packaging" and "printed matters" classes of residual materials for the year 2006, the parties finally came to an agreement that established the net costs at $109 million. The companies represented by ÉEQ are required to compensate 40% of that amount (80% of half of the net costs) or a total of $43.6 million which served as a basis for calculating the 2007 Fee Schedule. The 2007 net costs giving rise to the 2008 Fee Schedule will be negotiated only after an independent study is conducted on the administrative expenses and costs related to managing and monitoring curbside recycling programs that were at the heart of the mediation process. The 2007 Fee Schedule of contributions was adopted by ÉEQ's Board of Directors on December 12, 2008 and submitted to RECY-QUÉBEC for analysis and recommendation to the Government of Québec for it to come into force.

For further information about the contribution required to be paid under the 2007 Fee Schedule, please see:  

http://www.ecoentreprises.qc.ca/ANGLAIS/bulletin/edition081219.html