Circular economy: best practices pooled

ENVIRONMENT. Aiming to encourage companies to integrate this model, the Environnement Mauricie team is launching its Code of Good Practice in the Circular Economy 2022, which presents 16 examples of local companies that are among the pioneers in this field.

“As part of our Mauritius + Circular Economy project, we want to encourage companies to see leftovers as sources that still have value, and then we strive to create exchanges so that the waste of one can become the resource of another,” he said. Mauricie, Lauréanne Daneau.

The Compendium, available at www.environnementmauricie.com, shows a portrait of companies active in Trois-Rivières, La Tuque, Shawinigan, Maskinongé, des Chenaux, Mékinac and Portneuf, showing innovation through the diversity of activities they have developed. through time. .

For example, in recycling Soleno in Yamachiche, we invested heavily in research and development to process plastic scrap. “By maximizing the use of recycled materials in our manufacturing activities, we are proud of our circular economy-focused business model, which in a tangible way contributes to improving our community economically and environmentally,” says President Soleno. Alain Poirier.

As far as Patates Dolbec is concerned, “the circular economy is an opportunity to give a second life, a lot of added value, to a product that could simply be put away. Patates Dolbec saw an opportunity to turn his imperfect but perfect-tasting potatoes into 100% potato vodka! says Jessie Lachance.

Too many recoverable materials are sent for disposal

Énercycle President Michel Angers believes that technical landfills make sense for the safe treatment of finished residues, but that too many recyclable materials are still sent for disposal when there are much better options.

“Énercycle, a proud partner of the ECM + circular economy approach, invites companies to rethink the value of their waste. Throwing away as if there is no tomorrow is not an option in a world that would like to be sustainable for generations to come, ”he concludes.

We know that the Environnement Mauricie team has been providing services since 2019 to support companies in integrating the circular economy into their business practices to be more efficient, reduce waste disposal materials and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To do this, circular economy consultants hire companies, assess their potential and then try to connect them with other compatible companies. The goal is to create a local network to share the remaining materials. Almost 70 companies joined the process. To join, simply contact the Environnement of Mauritius.

It should be noted that the creation of the Collection of Good Practices in the Circular Economy 2022 was made possible thanks to financial assistance of $ 240,000 from Recyc-Québec under the second edition of the call for proposals for the transition to the economy. , awarded to the Mauritius + Circular Economy Initiative, a Mauritius project supported by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing with support for reaching the regions of the regions and the Rural Fund.

“I am proud that our government is contributing to this initiative, which will highlight the ingenuity of entrepreneurs in the region! I hope the ways they have found to reduce landfills will inspire others. The whole community will benefit from a healthier environment by optimizing the use of resources, “said Jean Boulet, Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister for the Region. De la Mauricie, on behalf of Andrée Laforest, Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Circular economy model

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

Instead, the circular economy is proposing to optimize resource use and reintegrate components into new production chains to minimize discards and discards. According to the Quebec Economy Circular Index Report, only 3.5% of the economy is circular compared to 96% linear. The potential is therefore enormous and the transition to this model is inevitable.

“The 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 consumer and production methods to balance a model linear economy and contribute to the fight against climate change,” she said. director of Recyc-Québec Sonia Gagné. By investing in all twelve circular economy strategies, we can succeed in doing things differently and making things better, for a waste-free society. »

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