Given our field experience and Canadian experiences, the main objectives and their positive impacts are the following:

at a SOCIAL level

Improve significantly the working conditions of the valoristes (services, advocacy, education).

Promote social inclusion of these often marginalized actors through better organization, dialogue with stakeholders and the “legitimization” of their activity (social recognition – trust) .


Increase the recovery of refundable beverage containers (source separation of higher quality, better materials for recycling with greater added value) due to an increase in the amount recovered from garbage and from the public domain.

Stimulate environmental awareness on the issue of waste reduction and efficient recycling taking into account all stakeholders.

at an ECONOMIC level

Improve conditions for valoristes via increased revenues (avoiding panhandling/ illegal activities).

Indirectly reduce municipal waste collection costs and increase cleanliness on the public domain.

Better management and reduction of problematic traffic situations at some retailers.

at a SOCIETAL level

Be a “bridge builder” between two worlds that ignore each other.

Capacity building of valoristes.  work with them to set up networks to work with businesses, institutions, local residents as well as municipalities and government authorities for a better consideration of their interests in public policy.

Show that the establishment of bottle depots and recycling cooperatives may be part of an integrated strategy to reduce urban poverty and environmental pollution.

As the first bottle depot in Quebec, serve as a model for possible points of multiple depots. It is already relevant in the present context (some retailers complain lacking space for stocking containers) and will be  even more relevant with the promotion of the deposit system (increase and / or enlargement).