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Concrete blocks from recycled plastic gains cement producers' attention

14 December 2018, Published under Cement News

The Center for Regenerative Design & Collaboration (CRDC) in Costa Rica has started making construction blocks from a combination of recycled plastic and limestone. The Ecoblock is made from shredded waste that has been shredded after being collected from local rivers in Costa Rica. The finished product is a resin-limestone hybrid which are 2.5.-5 per cent plastic waste and 7-16 per cent waste plastic by volume. The CRDC can produce four million blocks per month which can be used in low-c...

MPA report highlights UK cement is reducing costs and CO2 footprint

13 December 2018, Published under Cement News

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has published its 2018 Annual Performance Report which presents data on the UK cement industry's contribution to the economy in 2017. Cement production in the UK fell by 3.4 per cent compared to 2016 to 9.5Mt of production, while cement sales were 31 per cent higher than in 2012. The UK cement industry continues to be successful in reducing costs and improving its carbon footprint by increasing energy efficiency, using alternative fuels instead of trad...

Andusia moves into hazardous waste market

12 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Andusia Recovered Fuels Ltd is moving into the hazardous waste market in addition to the RDF market which they participated in for the past six-and-a-half years. Moving into the hazardous waste market means Andusia can now offer an extensive RDF, SRF and hazardous waste solution. The future of the export of waste has also come under question due to Brexit. However, as Director Mark Terrell comments: "No matter what the outcome of Brexit, we don't foresee any change to the business or how...

Holcim Süddeutschland plans glass waste use as ARM

10 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Holcim Süddeutschland plans to use glass waste as alternative raw material in the production of cement at its cement plant in Dotternhausen, Germany. The cement producer has submitted an application to the local Tübingen for the storage of 625t of glass at the facility. The space will be created in the warehouse that currently stores roofing boards. The glass waste, which will come from a waste glass processing plant in Bad Wurzach, will be used to substitute clay and will be used at a m...

Protesters close gates to Shalimar Cement

10 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Local residents staged a sit-in outside Shalimar Cement Industry, claiming environmental pollution caused by the industry at Jitpur-Simara sub-metropolis in Bara of Nepal. Protested were incensed after the authorities ignored frequent request to control pollution caused by the industry. Local protesters closed the main gate of the cement factory in protest. Ward No 3 chair Jagannath Ghimire said locals had staged the sit-in protest to pressure the industry owners after the industry went ba...

Irish Cement fined EUR4000 for dust spill

10 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Irish Cement has been fined EUR4000 for breaching terms of its industrial emissions licence, when thick “glue-like” dust spilled from its Co Limerick plant, resulting in damage to nearby homes, gardens and cars. The company pleaded guilty at Limerick District Court to one count of breaching the terms of its licence at the Castlemungret works on 3 December 2017. After the company had unsuccessfully attempted to clear a build-up of dust in the kiln, a significant amount of it leaked into t...

Pacific Cement Ltd issued with order to stop work

07 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Fiji's Pacific Cement Ltd, a subsidiary of Fijian Holdings Ltd based in Lami, has been issued a Stop Work Notice by the country’s Department of Environment. The department visited the plant after receiving a complaint from a resident related to dust emissions. However, the order will be lifted if the plant observes mitigation practices. "We give them a pathway to remedy the breach and we will lift the notice after they enforce mitigation policies," said Joshua Wycliffe, permanent secretary...

Sludge will no longer be moved to Alabama plant

07 December 2018, Published under Cement News

After receiving sludge from a site in Fort Myers, Florida, LafargeHolcim's Geocycle has determined that the material will not be suitable for its purposes at its Alabama facility due to the length of time required for transportation.  "Last week, water treatment material from Fort Myers was trucked to the Holcim Theodore plant in Alabama to evaluate how to best handle and use. We determined that, at this point-in-time, this material doesn't fit our process requirements. The city's timeline...

Carbon-neutral fuel launched at COP24

06 December 2018, Published under Cement News

NextFuel, a new carbon-neutral fuel that is made from elephant grass has been unveiled at the United Nation's COP24 climate summit in Poland. The fuel can be burnt at industrial facilities such as cement plants to replace fossil fuels and requires no infrastructure upgrades. Manufactured by Sweden-based NextFuel, the product of the same name is made by drying elephant grass and processing it in a sealed rotary drum where oxygen is removed before the material is densified and pressed in briq...

GCCA heads to COP24 for recarbonation talks

05 December 2018, Published under Cement News

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) joined governments, climate groups and campaigners from around the world in Poland for the United Nations' international climate change conference – COP24. A key discussion point for the GCCA at COP24 includes recarbonation – where concrete can play a role in taking CO 2 out of the atmosphere – as well as potential important related measures for IPCC implementation. The meeting represents the first GCCA attendance at international climate...