53.4.1. The policy described in section 53.4 and any plan or program prepared by the Société québécoise de récupération et de recyclage in the area of residual materials management must give priority to reduction at source and respect the following order of precedence in the treatment of the materials:
(2) recycling, including through biological treatment or land farming;
(3) any other reclamation operation through which residual materials are processed for use as raw material substitutes;
(4) energy conversion; and
However, that order of precedence may be waived if justified by an analysis of the life cycle of the products and services that takes into account the global effects of their production and consumption and the resulting residual materials management.
The thermal destruction of residual materials constitutes energy conversion insofar as the processing of the materials respects the regulatory standards prescribed by the Government, including a positive energy assessment and the minimum energy efficiency required, and contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
2011, c. 14, s. 3; 2017, c. 4, s. 861.