The recycling centre of Quebec City is selected to optimize glass recycling


Société VIA is proud to be one of the five recycling centres selected by Éco Entreprises Québec to participate in a pilot project aiming to improve the cleaning and sorting process of the glass collected through separate collection.

The innovative method, which requires an investment of $5,5 million, will be applied in the five selected recycling centres in winter 2017. This new phase of the project shows the commitment of the participating companies to make separate collection a driving force of the green economy. Recycling centres that are better equipped can produce more easily a high-quality glass that meets the needs of both recyclers and conditioners, who will integrate it into the manufacturing of new products, including innovative, eco-friendly materials.



Out of the 18 recycling centres that had applied for the first phase of the Verre l’innovation project, 5 were selected. Together, they are representative of the recycling industry in Québec in terms of production capacity and geographical diversity. The recycling centres that were selected are:

  • Recycling Centre of Quebec City, operated by Société VIA (National Capital);
  • EBI Environnement inc. in Saint-Paul (Lanaudière);
  • Tricentris – tri, transformation, sensibilisation in Terrebonne (Lanaudière);
  • La Régie intermunicipale de traitement des matières résiduelles de la Gaspésie in Grande-Rivière (Gaspésie);
  • Récupération Frontenac in Thetford Mines (Chaudière-Appalaches).

These 5 recycling centres process about 25% of all glass containers that are put in the blue bins in Québec.

ÉEQ will also create a monitoring committee in partnership with RECYC-QUÉBEC to appropriately measure the progress of the Verre l’innovation project. That committee, which will be an essential element for the project to be successful, will have to carefully select and monitor a few different performance indicators to assess the coherence of the pilot projects objectives.

High-performance, innovative technology

Krysteline Technologies’ high technology equipment is distributed in North America by Québec equipment manufacturer Machinex. This imploder technology removes all non-glass materials using magnets, screening and vacuum systems, producing a very high-quality, sharp free cullet. We invite you to consult the factsheet to learn more about this system.

About the Verre l’innovation project

ÉEQ’s Verre l’innovation project, which was made public in January 2016, aims to discover a concrete solution to valorize 100% of the glass that is collected by separate collection in Québec. The project’s objective is to help modernize recycling centres in Québec through pilot projects that will allow them to produce a high-quality glass, as well as supportive measures for any enterprise wishing to develop new eco-friendly materials and new commercial applications of this glass. For more information about the Verre l’innovation project, consult ÉEQ’s press room or the factsheet.

About Éco Entreprises Québec

Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) is the organization responsible for establishing fees and collecting the contribution of the companies that place containers, packaging and printed matter on the market in Québec, which is redistributed afterwards to finance the costs of municipal curbside recycling services. ÉEQ encourages innovation and the sharing of practices to optimize the curbside value chain. In order to achieve this, ÉEQ collaborates with companies to reduce the amount of material used and promote the use of recyclable materials, but also with municipalities and other actors to increase the recycling and economic value of recovered materials. Created through the initiative of the companies that place containers, packaging and printed matter on the market, ÉEQ is a non-profit organization appointed by RECYC-QUÉBEC since 2005 to represent these companies subjected to the Environment Quality Act.