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Spotlight

Co-Processing Could Help Reduce Waste-Related Risks

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 16:10

Every year from 3.4 to 4 billion tons of waste are produced around the world. Less than half is not processed, just confined. Every year, Mexico is estimated to produce 86 million tons of waste, including hazardous, urban solid waste, special management and hazardous waste. Co-processing is the best alternative for waste management and could help reduce the risk of badly handled waste and the emission of millions of tons of CO2 annually.

Geocyle México, as part of the Lafarge Holcim Group, a world leader in the building materials industry, is determined to contribute to CO2 reduction efforts, targeting a decrease amounting to 30 million tons of the pollutant globally by 2020. Geocycle México started as Ecoltec in Mexico in 1994 and launched as a new brand in July 2016 with its co-processing solutions for companies and governments to manage industrial and urban waste. The company has 188 co-processing installations/facilities, over 2,000 employees in more than 60 countries on all five continents and 10,000 customers. Geocyle México strives to connect the private and public sectors to help companies improve their environmental development and reach their sustainability objectives. It offers state-of-the-art sustainable solutions for waste management, such as co-processing.

Through high-temperature industrial kilns, which are commonly used to manufacture cement, co-processing guarantees the complete elimination of residues. The process itself is environmentally friendly because it reduces greenhouse gas emissions while recovering energy and material. The company has a strict policy against special management waste such as hospital, infectious biological, radioactive, explosive or asbestos refuse.

Geocyle México’s process ensures the disposal of waste in all industries such as automotive, pharmaceutical, chemical, oil, mining and cosmetic, as well as the urban waste of state and municipal governments. Not only does this process allow companies and governments to improve their environmental performance and reduce their carbon footprint, it also enhances any process by making waste disposal more efficient. Employing this process is also an opportunity to improve a company’s image by strengthening its reputation as devoted to bettering the future and leaving behind a cleaner world.