In January, I used this platform to announce that 2017 would be a pivotal year for the Innovative Glass Works plan. In the few months since then, we have already made remarkable progress.
In keeping with the timeline that was set out, cutting-edge glass processing equipment was installed in three of the five sorting centres enrolled in ÉEQ’s experimental pilot projects. And in the upcoming weeks, following the Régie intermunicipale de traitement des matières résiduelles de la Gaspésie in Grande-Rivière, the Récupération Frontenac centre in Thetford Mines and the Québec City’s sorting centre, the technology will also be installed in the Tricentris centre in Terrebonne and the EBI Environnement Inc. sorting centre in Saint-Paul-de-Joliette.
While the next 15 months will serve to test operations in different conditions according to a sampling, characterization and performance assessment program, early tests are yielding impressive results. The sorting and cleaning system developed by ÉEQ and its partners using components that, together, constitute a world first, will process glass from curbside recycling to meet the needs of local conditioners and recyclers that will then be able to use it in the production of different ecomaterials. The equipment will be inaugurated in each sorting centre in June.
On another note, I would like to remind you that ÉEQ’s annual general meeting will be held on April 20, in Montréal. The event is an excellent opportunity for the board of directors and executive team to meet with ÉEQ members and discuss the many activities and projects that the organization has undertaken. The meeting will be followed by a conference lunch with two distinguished guests: Mr. Monsieur Stéphane Forget, CEO of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, and our spokesperson Mr. Éric Salvail. Members should receive their invitation in the next few days.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Maryse Vermette, President and Chief Executive Officer