• Cemex turns landfill wastes into energy for mills

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    The wastes dumped in the country’s landfills need not go to waste.

    Cemex Philippines, one of the largest producers and distributors of cement in the country, announced on Wednesday that it would “go green,” by recycling wastes from landfills to fuels that will be used in mills processing its cement products.

    Normandy Chan, plant director of APO Cement plant, said on Wednesday that the company processes wastes and converts 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],” he 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 are campaigning for zero wastes in their respective areas.

    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 at their APO Cement plants in Cebu and Antipolo, as well as terminals in Iloilo and Batangas.

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