JANUARY 14, 2016
UNVEILING OF THE INNOVATIVE GLASS WORKS PLAN: AN INNOVATIVE SOLUTION FOR 100 % OF THE CURBSIDE RECYCLED GLASS

  

Following its announcement in 2015 to invest in a solution to recycle 100 % of the glass in Quebec, today Éco Entreprises Quebec (ÉEQ) reveals the first three components of its Innovative Glass Works Plan. Investments representing $6.7 million will be made by ÉEQ to improve the treatment of curbside recycled glass in Quebec through the modernization of sorting centres and the development of new market outlets. ÉEQ’s leadership will enable it to make sure that businesses are financing a system that is as efficient as possible.

To implement the plan, a strategic partnership was signed with Krysteline Technologies, a British manufacturer that has developed a technology to meet the challenges of mixed materials recycling, and with Machinex, a major Quebec-based equipment provider. The press release can be found here

3-fold, promising plan

  • Demonstration projects to equip several sorting centres with Krysteline Technologies’ proven glass sorting and cleaning equipment. Quebec’s 24 sorting centres are invited to submit applications starting now.
  • R&D projects to test the technologies proposed by Quebec-based equipment providers and sorting centres to complement Krysteline’s machines.
  • Financial support for companies marketing new applications for recycled glass.

A strategic Quebec–Great Britain alliance
Since the Optimization Forum held in January 2015, ÉEQ has studied various optimization options for curbside recycling, following a rigorous approach backed by a team of experts.

Following these steps, a strategic partnership was signed with Krysteline Technologies and Machinex, which is now the North American distributor of Krysteline Technologies.

Proven technology
After an extensive inventory of existing technologies, ÉEQ established a diagnostic which made possible the selection of proven and innovative technologies to be implemented in sorting centres in Quebec, as part of demonstration projects.

Stimulating new applications for recycled glass
Glass processed by this new technology will increase in quality and as such, will be more easily used in new applications developed in Quebec for recycled glass. Here are some examples:

  • Cementitious additives
  • Ecological flagstones
  • Abrasives
  • Street furniture
  • Water filtration
  • Mulch
  • Mineral wool
  • Cellular glass
  • Glass containers

Main benefits of having better sorted glass, with higher quality

  • Stimulate the integration of recycled glass in new products.
  • Optimize the system to ensure a better cost/sorted material ratio for contributing companies that are financing the system.
  • Stimulate the development of a green economy.

Left to right: Pierre Paré, President, Machinex; Virginie Bussières, Director Communications and Public Affairs, ÉEQ; Denis Brisebois, Chairman of ÉEQ’s Board of Directors; Lionel Perez, City of Montréal Executive Committee Member in charge of Infrastructures, the CSEM, Governance and Democracy as well as Governmental Relations; Maryse Vermette, President and CEO, ÉEQ; Saul Polo, Representative for Laval-des-Rapides and Parliamentary Assistant for the MEIE; Jean-Luc Plante, Vice-President, Optimization, ÉEQ; Mylène Fugère, Advisor, Curbside Recycling Optimization – Sorting and Conditioning, ÉEQ; Steve Whettingsteel, President, Krysteline Technologies; and Nick Backer, Great Britain’s Consul General in Montréal.

For more information and to consult the fact sheets, visit  www.ecoentreprises.qc.ca/glass.

  
Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) is the organization that develops the Schedule of Contributions and collects company contributions, which are then redistributed to finance municipal curbside recycling services in Quebec. ÉEQ also encourages innovation and best practices in order to optimize the recyclable materials value chain. To do so, ÉEQ cooperates, on the one hand, with companies to reduce quantities of materials at the source and encourage the use of recyclable materials, as well as with municipalities and other stakeholders to increase recycling and the economic value of recovered materials.

ÉEQ is a private non-profit organization created by companies that put containers, packaging and printed matter on Quebec’s market to represent them. The organization was accredited by RECYC-QUÉBEC in 2005 in accordance with the Environment Quality Act.
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