LafargeHolcim’s global waste management business, Geocycle, treated 10 million tonnes of waste in 2017, an increase of 13 percent versus 2016. 10 million tonnes is almost twice the total yearly household waste generation of Switzerland or the equivalent of 2 million garbage collection trucks.
Using kilns involved in cement production, LafargeHolcim co-processed all types of waste including: solid shredded waste from industrial and municipal origin, spent solvents, used tires, waste oils, contaminated soils, industrial and sewage sludges, as well as demolition waste.
Jan Jenisch, Group Chief Executive Officer commented: “LafargeHolcim is a global leader in the building materials market. Sustainable building and living are key to the future and we are committed to playing an important role as the demand for sustainable construction solutions and sustainable buildings and infrastructure continues to grow. At LafargeHolcim we offer solutions which facilitate the simultaneous recycling and recovery of waste. We have ambitious plans to continue investing in all parts of the world in order to bring the most advanced technology and solutions to our partners and play a role in solving the global waste problem.”
In Europe and North America, the main growth area for LafargeHolcim’s global waste management business was industrial waste, while in Africa more biomass waste such as rice and coffee husks were treated.
- Culled from Global Lafargeholcim