Leading construction solutions provider Republic Cement recently widened its partnership with Nestlé Philippines and expand its plastic waste reduction initiative through co-processing.
“Republic Cement is happy to be working with Nestlé in their push to becoming plastic-neutral. This partnership likewise allows us to do more as we promote the use of alternative fuel to further embed sustainability in our operations,” Republic Cement president and CEO Nabil Francis said.
Initiated in 2019, the expanded agreement aims to further reduce plastic waste in the country via the co-processing of soft plastic waste in cement kilns.
“Increasing the amount of post-consumer plastic waste to be co-processed is a significant point in our expanded 2020 agreement. Through this partnership, Republic aims to play its part in the various national programs that address environmental concerns, such as plastic waste,” Francis said.
In 2018, Nestlé announced its commitment to make 100 percent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. As the world’s largest food and beverage company, Nestlé envisions a waste-free future in which none of its packaging, particularly plastic, ends up in landfills, the oceans, or as litter.
“We continue to intensify our efforts to tackle plastic wastes, to expand our reach, and we are thankful to Republic Cement for helping us do just that,” said Nestlé Philippines chairman and CEO Kais Marzouki. “Our new agreement is a welcome step in our common journey, and specifically will help us collect considerably more plastics than we did last year.”
Republic Cement is licensed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to utilize and dispose of qualified waste streams through cement kiln co-processing. Co-processing is a superior waste management method by which waste materials are processed at a very high temperature. This breaks down complex materials into simpler compounds and the energy or mineral content of wastes are completely recovered and utilized in the process of producing cement. Emissions from the process are filtered and monitored in compliance with DENR standards.
Since energy and minerals from waste are almost completely used up during the process, co-processing is more advantageous compared to land filling and physical treatment as it diverts wastes from waterways and oceans.