October 10, 2005

Partners support residuals exchange for Quebec industries

QUEBEC CITY, QUE-Quebec's Centre for Technology Transfer in Industrial Ecology (CTTEI) has set up an industrial residuals exchange for the purpose of finding outlets for these materials rather than sending them to landfills or for incineration. Based on the principle that one industry's waste is another's raw material, the exchange lists an inventory of materials used by industries, along with residuals generated by the processes used by these same industries. Initially, the exchange will serve industries in Quebec's Montérégie region, although the CTTEI, which serves all of the province, intends to make it accessible to all Quebec industries. Through the exchange, the Centre will act as a catalyst for the reclamation of industrial residuals, creating links and new partnerships among various industries and organizations working in the field of industrial ecology (e.g. laboratories, research institutes and learning centres). The CTTEI initiative is being supported by RECYC-Québec, the provincial recycling agency: the two agencies have signed a two-year partnership agreement under which the latter is loaning CTTEI, free of charge, the information database from the Quebec Secondary Materials Exchange (QSME), which ceased operations in 1998. To the services previously offered by the QSME, CTTEI will add its marketing and research and development services. This pilot project is receiving financial support from the Ministries of Economic Development, of Innovation and Export, and of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks.

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