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New GTA glass recycling plant

In the summer of 2008 a new glass processing plant will open in Brampton after a deal was struck between Stewardship Ontario (which represents industry stewards who fund 50 per cent of the next cost o...


In the summer of 2008 a new glass processing plant will open in Brampton after a deal was struck between Stewardship Ontario (which represents industry stewards who fund 50 per cent of the next cost of curbside recycling in the province) and recycled glass processor, Unical, Inc. At the beginning, the plant will process clear and colored glass bottles and jars from blue box programs in Toronto, Hamilton, and the Regions of Peel, York, and Durham. Stewardship Ontario is providing seed money of $1.75 million to Unical to purchase processing equipment. The organization expects the investment will be paid back in less than two years; operational savings for the five municipal partners could total about $10 million over the seven years of the existing contract. In the very first year, municipal savings will be about $40,000 in Durham, which will deliver the least amount of glass to Unical, and up to about $650,000 for Toronto, which will ship the most. In total, the municipalities will supply at least 44,000 tons of glass — half the blue box glass in all of Ontario in 2007. The plant manager expect to rapidly move up toward the facility’s 120,000-tonne capacity by taking glass from other municipalities.


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