Pictured above, from left: Steve Whettingsteel, president, Krysteline Technologies; Maryse Vermette, CEO, Eco Entreprises Quebec; Pierre Pare, president and CEO, Machinex; Denis Brisebois, chair of the board, Eco Entreprises
Eco Entreprises Quebec (EEQ), Montreal, inaugurated glass processing equipment as part of the implementation of its Innovative Glass Works plan. The Quebec City, Quebec, material recovery facility (MRF), which is operated by Societe VIA, a nonprofit organization based in Levis, Quebec, is among the five centers to receive equipment to lead experimental pilot projects with the aim to find a solution for 100 percent of the glass collected through curbside recycling.
"The experimental pilot projects led as part of EEQ's Innovative Glass Works plan are an exceptional showcase for Quebec in terms of innovation and circular economy," says Maryse Vermette, president and CEO of EEQ. "The major investments by the organizations that fund curbside recycling, which we represent, will benefit all stakeholders in the recycling industry. This is a mobilizing project and we are very pleased to work in close collaboration with the government, municipalities, sorting centers and innovative businesses to develop glass recycling markets."
Combining sorting and cleaning equipment in a single glass processing system, the technology developed by U.K.-based Krysteline Technologies and the related equipment installed by Quebec-based equipment manufacturer Machinex will enable sorting centers to produce glass that meets the needs of conditioners and recyclers, which will now be able to more easily and cost-effectively reintegrate the glass into new products, such as ecomaterials. The installation of this new equipment in the Quebec City MRF has required total investments of $1.9 million, Societe VIA ($300,000) and Ville de Quebec ($80,000).
"For a large sorting center such as ours, which processes over 10,000 tons of glass per year, the benefits of this new technology are significant,” says Jean-Sébastien Daigle, president and CEO of Societe VIA. "Now that we can provide high-quality glass to conditioners and recyclers, the doors are wide open for new ecomaterials made with recycled glass.”
Announced in January 2016, the Innovative Glass Works plan aims to find a concrete solution for 100 percent of the glass collected through curbside recycling in Quebec. The plan includes investments of $6.7 million to upgrade sorting centers across the province and set up experimental pilot projects so that they may produce higher quality glass, as well as support measures for businesses seeking to develop new ecomaterials and outlets for glass collected through curbside recycling. The Quebec City MRF; EBI Environnement Inc. in Saint-Paul, Lanaudiere; Tricentris—tri, transformation, sensibilization in Terrebonne, Lanaudiere; La regie intermunicipale de traitement des matieres residuelles de la Gaspesie in Grande-Riviere, Gaspesie; and Recuperation Frontenac in Thetford Mines, Chaudiere-Appalaches are participating in the program.
These five centers process approximately 25 percent of all the glass containers that Quebecers place in their recycling bins. With the new equipment, the centers are designed to produce glass in two sizes that will facilitate the material's transformation into a range of added-value ecomaterials: abrasives, mineral wool, cement and concrete additives, ornamental mulch, water filtration agents, fillers, green paving stone and cellular glass for use in infrastructures and sports fields.