Recoveries from the Estrie region will be reinvested
Recover-Estrie will be able to purchase equipment to improve the quality of its paper and cardboard, as it wished last year, while the City of Sherbrooke gives up repatriating a surplus cleared in 2018 by the régie recovery. On Monday, elected representatives approved the operating and capital budget for 2020 in the province of Récup-Estrie.
The budget shows expenses of $ 5.7 million. The rate for the share remains at $ 7 per door and has not been increased since 2010. Récup-Estrie will make use of surpluses of close to $ 300,000 in 2019, in addition to the $ 2 million in 2018, for buy machinery. “Last year, the city voted against this budget and put two conditions. We did not have to invest in equipment for $ 2 million. The other condition was the appropriation of surpluses, “explains Pierre Avard, president of Récup-Estrie.
“The Régie met both conditions and was preparing by the end of the year to return to the MRC the amounts around $ 2 million. The situation experienced since the beginning of the year, however, had a perverse effect. We ended up with the paper crisis, so we had to pay to get rid of the paper. Currently, India has taken over from China, but for how long, we do not know. ”
The Board of Directors concludes that investment is needed to improve the quality of the paper so that it can be used by local paper mills. “The lowest price we got was $ 2.7 million. If the RCMs give us the mandate, we are ready to pay the cash purchase. It is urgent that the paper can be processed. We think that with the quality that we would have, we could have the collaboration of paper mills in Estrie instead of sending our paper to India. ”
According to Mr. Avard, paper accounts for about 42% of the materials handled by the board. He remains a diplomat before the change of course of the City of Sherbrooke, which gives up an amount of about $ 1 million. “I do not know if the year was sobering, but if we did not move, we might not have room to send our paper and cardboard. The City made the calculation that if we delayed investment again, we would need a borrowing bylaw. We would have spent part of the year waiting for the money. ”
Congratulations and reservations
Councilor Pierre Tremblay, like his colleague Évelyne Beaudin, congratulated Pierre Avard for his work. “Recover Estrie is something that works very well. When you can buy equipment without borrowing, it’s a sign that you are doing things right, “said the Deauville district representative.
Annie Godbout, who has already sat at Valoris, brought some nuances. “When we look at the budget, we can only rejoice. But what makes me glaring, when you look at the income structure, it is all the same that 20% of the expenses are paid by the citizens, against 45% which are subsidies for compensations of collections and royalties of Recyc- Quebec. This is what Valoris wants to reduce the impact on the citizens of Sherbrooke and the MRC of Haut-Saint-François. With the equipment in place, we can go for quality materials for resale. We want to stick to this model Valoris. That’s why Salv-Estrie was able to maintain stability in the demand for money to citizens. ”
Nicole Bergeron congratulated her for having “set the record straight”.
Pierre Avard received these comments with a wink. He indicated that the expected royalties for 2020 will be approximately $ 2.5 million and that they will count for diversion from landfill in 2018. Changes in the glass recovery policy would therefore have no impact. for the next two years.
Glass represents about 18% of the sorted materials at Récup-Estrie. “Certainly there could be a financial impact, but we are not closed to the idea of the glass deposit. I imagine that decision makers will take into account the impact on revenues of sorting centers. It should be noted that the legal dispute with the operator Ricova is not resolved and that the balance of the additional expenses associated with it is not known.