Environment Quality Act

Regulation Respecting the Recovery and Reclamation of Products by Enterprises (c. Q-2, r. 40.1)

Implementation of Phase 2 – Batteries as components

The regulation was implemented in two phases:

  • Phase One, concerning primary and rechargeable batteries sold separately, started July 14th, 2012;
  • Phase Two, concerning primary and rechargeable batteries as components of other products, started July 14th, 2013.

Enterprises that market batteries in Québec as components of other products, regardless of whether these batteries can be easily removed or not, and whether these main products are covered by the regulation or not, must either implement an individual recovery and reclamation program, or join Call2Recycle, the organization mandated to recover and reclaim used batteries in the province.

Enterprises that have not yet informed MDDEFP of their intention in this regard should do it as soon as possible, because sanctions for non-compliance could apply. However, if you are already a member of Call2Recycle, your regulatory requirements are fullfilled.

List of products concerned by Phase 2 of the Regulation

In order to assist enterprises in identifying concerned products, MDDEFP has listed in a letter recently addressed to Call2Recycle the following types of products:

  • Tools used in construction and renovation, for example: drills, screwdrivers, saws, staplers and sanders;
  • Equipment used to maintain grounds, for example: edge trimmers, hedge trimmers, lawnmowers;
  • Small electrical appliances, for example: hand vacuum cleaners, cordless vacuum cleaners, hand blenders, kitchen scales and electric carving knives;
  • Personal care appliances, for example: electric razors, hair clippers, toothbrushes, and weighing scales;
  • Flashlights;
  • Thermometers (for cooking or for reading body or ambient temperatures);
  • Watches, calculators, chronometers, cyclometers, and blood glucose monitors;
  • Remote controls to lock or unlock car doors, or building doors, for example garage door remotes.

For more information on the regulation, or to become a member, please contact Call2Recycle at 1-866-794-7272, or:

  • MDDEFP, at 1-800-561-1616
  • RECYC-QUÉBEC, at 1-800-807-0678


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