Asphalt made of recycled glass may soon become a reality as students at Ecole de technologie superieure (ETS) in Montreal are working on an innovative new compound with the help of the Societe des alcools du Quebec (SAQ), the City of Montreal, Eco Entreprises Quebec (EEQ), and RECYC-QUEBEC.
Their goal is to develop more durable and more eco-friendly alternatives to conventional pavement while giving discarded glass bottles and jars a new lease on life. Roads made of recycled glass are expected to last longer and reduce our dependence on oil, which in turn will limit greenhouse gas emissions.
“Incorporating glass into road construction is a tangible way of reducing GHGs and making transport more sustainable,” Quebec’s Transport Minister Robert Poeti said. “I’m pleased to support this project at ETS. Quebec is proud to encourage efforts to drive green innovation.”
Testing will begin in Montreal in 2017.