Innovative Glass Works Plan
A practical solution for 100% of glass collected via curbside recycling
The Innovative Glass Works plan takes up the many challenges posed by glass recycling in Quebec and offers a concrete solution for 100% of glass collected by municipal curbside recycling programs. In order to develop the plan, Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) applied a rigorous approach and called on a team of experts to study a range of solutions to optimize glass processing.
Providing a second life to glass containers in the recycling bin
Investments worth several million dollars will result in more modern sorting centres and help commercialize innovative ecomaterials that contain glass collected via curbside recycling programs. Not only is the initiative a first in North America, it is a practical solution that aligns perfectly with the government’s sustainable development strategy to fight climate change.
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|Pilot projects for testing technologies in sorting centres
The first measure consists in providing sorting centres with innovative glass processing equipment. Krysteline Technologies’ state-of-the-art technology, provided in partnership with Machinex, has been installed in several sorting centres as testing pilot projects for a period of 15 months.
A material with many advantages
|Support for conditioners and recyclers wishing to develop ecomaterials containing recycled glass
With this measure, ÉEQ is offering financial assistance as well as tailored technical and marketing support to companies and organizations with an establishment in Quebec to help them develop innovative products that include glass collected via curbside recycling programs in Quebec. ÉEQ is investing $ 1.2 million in this measure.
Eligible activities include:
- Market research
Product/process testing and prototyping
Product/process accreditation, certification and standardization
Business plan and marketing development
Recycled glass can be remelted to produce new glass bottles and containers. But is also offers multiple benefits in the production of new ecomaterials in a perspective of circular economy, thanks to its practical characteristics.
The following are various ecomaterials made out of recycled glass for Quebec, Ontario and Northeast U.S. markets (pulled out of market research conducted on behalf of ÉEQ)
Video - Example of 3D installation (French only)
Video - Krysteline technology in action
A Quebec – Great-Britain strategic alliance
A strategic partnership was established with Krysteline Technologies, a British company with a technology that takes up the challenge of single-stream materials collection, and with Machinex, a major Quebec equipment manufacturer who will be Krysteline Technologies’s North American distributor.
The selected technology, which has proven its worth abroad for sorting recyclables from single-stream collection, will be tested during pilot projects in Quebec sorting centres over the next few months. It is a patented glass implosion system that facilitates glass cleaning and sorting while the edges of the treated glass are rounded, not sharp.
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