Last June 20, EBI held the official inauguration of its glass processing system, installed as part of the Éco Entreprise Québec (ÉEQ) pilot project “Verre l’Innovation.” The event attracted many important dignitaries, including David Heurtel, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change.
On site, the Minister and over 70 guests learned about the new equipment and visited both the glass processing facilities and the entire sorting centre.
The new glass processing system combines sorting and cleaning processes in the same system for the first time. Technology developed by Krysteline Technologies and related equipment installed by Machinex will enable sorting centres to produce high-quality glass on site that meets the needs of packers and recyclers, allowing them to reintegrate glass more easily. They will also be able to do so at a lower cost when manufacturing new products, including innovative ecomaterials. Equipment installed at the Joliette sorting centre will be tested over a period of 15 months. It represents a total investment of $1,084,000 from ÉEQ ($859,000) and EBI Environnement ($225,000).
“The experimental pilot projects of ÉEQ’s Verre l’innovation plan are an exceptional showcase for Québec and its regions in terms of innovation and a circular economy,” said Maryse Vermette, President and CEO of ÉEQ. “The major investments of companies that finance selective collection, which we represent, will benefit all players in the recycling industry. This is a mobilizing project and we are pleased to work closely with government, municipalities and sorting centres, as well as with companies innovating to develop recycled glass markets.”
“With the Verre l’innovation pilot project, the industry is demonstrating that it wants to take control of its own efforts so that citizen efforts are not lost and material is actually recycled in Québec. The status quo is not an option in this case. We must move forward together to support the development of a genuinely green, circular economy. It is by continuing to innovate a bit more each day that Québec will become an example to follow in terms of the environment and the fight against climate change,” declared Minister David Heurtel.
“By making processed glass much more attractive to processors and recyclers, the new equipment will help us develop new ecomaterials markets from recycled glass,” said Pierre Sylvestre, President and CEO of EBI.
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