As summarized above, there is, or will be, capacity to consume the majority of Ontario’s MBG. However, there are some key challenges to access the available end markets.
End Market Specifications: To become a supplier to glass end markets, municipalities need to determine the required material quality specifications and institute the necessary processes and/or additional clean-up technology to meet or exceed the requirements.
Distance to End Markets: The majority of glass end markets that may be able to process Ontario’s curbside glass are located outside of Ontario. Cost to transport Ontario glass to these end markets can be significant. In addition to the transportation cost, there is likely a processing fee for MBG which may further make these options cost prohibitive.
Market Development Opportunities
There are several glass recyclers in Ontario that have in the past, or are currently, recycling curbside glass, including:
- Canadian Liquid Processors (Hamilton): Previously accepted curbside glass to process into glass cullet for manufacturing. They currently do not accept curbside glass due to excessive contamination
- Curran Recycling (Sarnia): Previously accepted curbside glass to be used as an aggregate substitute. They currently do not accept curbside glass due to excessive contamination
- Niagara Recycling (Niagara Falls): Produce sand blast and medium
- Poraver North America (Innisfil): Building materials and industrial products
Each of these companies could potentially consume Ontario’s curbside glass. However, in each case, the companies are reluctant to accept Ontario’s glass due to the high level of contamination and the financial commitment required to undertake the necessary clean-up and processing to produce a marketable product.
These challenges also represent opportunities for Ontario MRFs to work with existing markets to understand specifications and determine cost/benefit of making modifications in Ontario MRFs to meet end market specifications.
This project was funded by the Continuous Improvement Fund. The blog was republished with permission.