Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) has revealed the names of the five sorting centres selected to take part in pilot projects to test cutting-edge cleaning and sorting equipment for glass collected through curbside recycling in Québec, Canada. Under ÉEQ’s Innovative Glass Works Plan, a first in North America, the sorting centres will contribute to the search for a concrete solution for 100% of the glass collected through curbside recycling. In winter 2017, official inaugurations will be held in each sorting centre to mark the installation of the equipment, which represents a total investment of $4.1M US.
This new phase of the Plan reflects the businesses’ commitment to making curbside recycling a driving force of the green economy. With more efficient equipment, sorting centres will thus better be able to produce quality glass that meets the needs of conditioners and recyclers, which will reuse the glass to manufacture new products, including innovative eco-materials.
Of the 18 sorting centres that applied to be part of the first phase of the Innovative Glass Works Plan, 5 were selected. They ensure province-wide representativity with their respective capacities and locations.
The pilot projects will be led by:
- EBI Environnement Inc. in St-Paul-de-Joliette (Lanaudière region)
- Tricentris, tri, transformation, sensibilisation in Terrebonne (Lanaudière region)
- La Régie intermunicipale de traitement des matières résiduelles de la Gaspésie in Grande Rivière (Gaspésie Peninsula)
- Récupération Frontenac in Thetford Mines (Chaudière-Appalaches region)
- Centre de tri de Québec, operated by Société VIA, in Quebec City
Together, these five centres process approximately 25% of all the glass containers that Quebecers place in their recycling bin.
To accurately measure the success of the Innovative Glass Works plan, ÉEQ will work with government corporation RECYC-QUÉBEC to establish a follow-up committee. A key factor in the plan’s success, the committee will be tasked with choosing and monitoring carefully selected performance indicators to ensure coherence between the main objectives of the pilot projects.
An innovative, ultra high-performance technology
Developed by Krysteline Technologies, the state-of-the-art equipment is distributed in North America by Québec equipment supplier Machinex. The implosion technology is paired with magnets, vacuum and screening systems to remove metal, fibre and plastic to produce high-quality sharp free glass cullet.