The wastes dumped in the country’s landfills do not really go to waste.
Cemex Philippines, one of the largest producer and distributor of cement in the country, announced on Wednesday that they would “go green” in their plant operations by recycling wastes from landfills to be converted to fuels used in mills processing their cement products.
Normandy Chan, plant director of APO Cement plant, said on Wednesday that they process the wastes and convert it into biofuels for the ball mills and other machines in cement production.
“Dati problema natin yung dumpsites, especially yung mga plastics . . . pero ngayon, we can recycle [Dumpsites were a problem before, especially the plastics. But now, we can recycle them],” Chan said.
“We are continuously looking for innovative and sustainable ways to do our operations. For example, our alternative fuel substitution in APO plants has reached as much as 22 percent in a span of only five years,” he added.
Chan also said that the landfills in the country—in Montalban, Cebu and Naga—supported them in the drive and is campaigning for zero wastes in their respective areas.
The zero waste campaign is said to be the initiative to process all wastes into fuels to be used for mechanical operations, leaving no wastes behind.
Wastes to be processed include tires, plastic bags, cartons and animal dumps among others.
“Apart from expanding our capacity, we also want to improve our green practices,” Chan said.
Cemex Philippines has two operational mills called ball mills located in their APO Cement plants in Cebu and Antipolo, as well as terminals in Iloilo and Batangas.
State of the art
Cemex allotted P2.5-billion investment to build a “state of the art mill” that will increase the company’s cement capacity and production by the end-2014.
Normandy Chan, APO Cebu plant director, the company is currently building the vertical mill, which is projected to boost the plant’s cement capacity by 4 million metric tons by 2014, than the total 2.5 million metric tons in 2012.
Chan also said that the mill will be finished by the second quarter of 2014, which will have tangible results by start of 2015.
“The expansion is our answer to the increasing demand for cement brought about by the continued rise of the Philippine market,” Chan said, referring to the increased demand in Metro Manila for Luzon and Cebu for Visayas and Mindanao.
“We expect to have 2.2 million metric tons of additional cement capacity this year,” he added.
The Cebu plant is projected to have 10-percent growth this year that would result in additional 200,000 metric tons capacity, and will add another 1.5 million metric tons capacity by 2014 after the finishing of the vertical mill.
At present, Cemex has two mills for cement production—two ball mills in Antipolo and Cebu—which has been producing “2.5 million metric tons of cement since year 2000.”
Cement production of the company is projected to reach 62.5 million bags of cement per year.
“With the rise [of demand for cement], of course, comes the need for much improved and innovative infrastructure,” Chan said.
Cemex Philippines, second largest cement producer in the country, has previously shipped cement materials to different countries such as Spain, Africa and Bangladesh but as the European market went down, Cemex exports in these countries was stopped.
At present, the company has two plants in Antipolo and Cebu—which turned up about 50 million bags of cement last year—while they have terminals for distribution for in Batangas and Iloilo City.