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Nestle, Republic Cement team up to coprocess postconsumer waste.

The amount of plastics ending up in waterways and in the ocean is of great concern in the country and other areas of the world. In a major initiative to help address this concern, Nestle Philippines, and Republic Cement and Building Materials Inc. have entered into an agreement to coprocess postconsumer plastic waste in the cement kilns of Republic Cement.

The agreement was signed by Chairman and CEO Kais Marzouki and Corporate Affairs Head Atty. Ernesto Mascenon of Nestle Philippines, and President Renato Sunico and Director Nabil Francis of Republic Cement. Francis is concurrently CEO of Republic Cement Services Inc.

Cement kiln coprocessing is the process used to create cement. It takes raw materials, such as calcium carbonate and silica, and feeds them into a kiln along with fuel.

The materials are burned to a such high temperature that any complex material is broken into simpler compounds. The end result of the process is cement, and any emissions from the process are filtered and monitored by the minute to abide by local Department of Environment and Natural Resources standards.

Coprocessing is an alternative waste-management solution that can use waste as fuel.

In the Philippines, while landfilling and physical treatment are more common, coprocessing is more advantageous given that energy and minerals coming from waste are almost completely utilized.

'Nestle is aiming for plastic neutrality, which is essentially recovering plastics equal to what we produce. Aside from our current collection and recycling initiatives, we believe this effort will help us gather and coprocess bigger volumes of postconsumer waste. We target to divert more postconsumer waste from landfills and the ocean. This partnership will contribute positively in helping cleanup the Philippines.' Marzouki remarked.

'There's still a lack of knowledge on the importance of coprocessing. We look forward to helping address the issue of postconsumer waste and look forward to the successful implementation of this project,' Sunico said.

'We are happy to partner with Nestle Philippines and to help address pollution from residual plastics and sachets. This is a win-win situation for us and the environment. Together, we can build a greener, stronger republic,' Francis said.

In April 2018, Nestle globally announced a commitment that 100 percent of its packaging will be recyclable or reusable by 2025. The company's vision is that none of its waste ends up in landfill or as litter.

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Publication:Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)
Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:May 27, 2019
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