Montreal grinds yesterday's glass into tomorrow's infrastructure

Montreal grinds yesterday's glass into tomorrow's infrastructure
Montreal grinds yesterday's glass into tomorrow's infrastructure

Montreal has begun to use powdered glass as an ingredient in the concrete used in the construction of sidewalks.

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Published on: May 3, 2018 | Last Updated: May 3, 2018 11:42 AM EDT

A worker at a glass recycling facility strolls past a mountain of bottles in the Netherlands in 2010.

A worker at a glass recycling facility strolls past a mountain of bottles in the Netherlands in 2010. ROBIN UTRECHT / Getty Images

The city of Montreal has announced that as part of its ongoing effort to increase sustainable development, it has begun to use powdered glass as an ingredient in the concrete used in the construction of sidewalks.

The new recipe follows a collaboration with the Université de Sherbrooke that saw the durability and efficiency of sidewalks using the recycled ingredient tested repeatedly before its usefulness was confirmed.

The city intends to use powdered glass concrete in eight infrastructure projects this year, an undertaking it estimates will represent the recycling of the equivalent of 500,000 bottles of wine.

The projects will cover sections of St-Michel Blvd., St-André St., Van Horne Ave., Henri-Bourassa Blvd., Clark St., Cavendish Blvd., Victoria St. and Notre Dame St.

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