Circular Economy: Best Practices Collected in a Collection

ENVIRONMENT. In an effort to encourage companies to integrate this model, the Environnement Mauricie team is launching its Circular Economy Compendium 2022, featuring 16 examples of local companies that are among the pioneers in the field.

“Through our Morisi + Circular Economy project, we want to encourage companies to consider residual materials as resources that still have value, and then we work to create a network of exchange so that the waste of one can become the resource of another,” he explains from the very beginning. started by CEO of Environnement Mauricie, Lauréanne Daneau.

The directory, available at www.environnementmauricie.com, is a portrait of companies operating in Trois-Rivières, La Touque, Chawinigan, Masquinonge, de Chenot, Mequinac and Portneuf that demonstrate innovation through the diversity of activities they have created over time . .

For example, at Soleno Recycling in Jamačić, we have invested heavily in research and development for the recycling of residual plastics. “By maximizing the use of recycled materials in our manufacturing operations, we are proud of our circular economy business model, which makes a tangible contribution to the improvement of our community on an economic and environmental level,” says President Soleno. Alain Poirier.

As for Patates Dolbec, “The circular economy is an opportunity to give a second life, more added value to a product that we could just put aside. Patates Dolbec saw an opportunity to turn his imperfect looking but great tasting potatoes into 100% potato vodka! Jesse Lachance says

Too many recoverable materials sent for recycling

Énercycle president Michel Angers believes technical landfills make sense for the safe handling of end-use waste, but too much recoverable material is still sent to landfill when there are much better options.

“Énercycle, a proud partner of the ECM+ circular economy concept, invites companies to rethink the value of their waste. Throwing away like there is no tomorrow is not an option in a world we want to preserve for future generations,” he concludes.

We know that since 2019 the Environnement Mauricie team has been offering services to support companies in integrating the circular economy into their business practices to make them more efficient, reduce the amount of materials destined for landfill and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To do this, circular economy consultants recruit companies, evaluate their potential, and then try to connect them with other compatible companies. The goal is to create a local network for the exchange of residual materials. About 70 companies have joined the process. To join, simply contact Environnement Mauricie.

Of note, the 2022 Compendium of Good Practices in the Circular Economy was made possible by a financial contribution of US$240,000 from Recyc-Québec through the second edition of the Circular Economy Call for Proposals. Awarded to the Mauricie + Circular Economy Initiative, a Mauricie project supported by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing through the Regional and Rural Support Fund.

“I am proud that our government is contributing to this initiative, which will highlight the ingenuity of the region’s entrepreneurs! I hope that the ways they found to reduce waste will inspire others. The whole society will benefit from a healthier environment by optimizing the use of resources,” emphasizes Jean Boulet, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the region, de la Mauricie, on behalf of André. Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Circular economy model

According to the dominant linear economic model, natural resources are extracted, transformed, consumed, and then discarded. The amount of waste generated by this method of production, and then the depletion of resources, require a change in the model.

Instead, the circular economy proposes to optimize the use of resources and re-integrate components into new production chains in order to throw away and spend as little as possible. According to the Québec Economy Circularity Index report, only 3.5% of the economy is cyclical compared to 96% linear. Thus, the potential is huge, and the transition to this model is inevitable.

“Circular economy is a model of the future that is already showing results on the ground and invites businesses, citizens, organizations and institutions to rethink the way they consume and produce to balance the linear economy model and contribute to the fight against climate change,” says the President and Recyc-Québec CEO Sonia Gagne. By investing in all twelve circular economy strategies, we can do things differently and better for a circular society. »

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