More than 100 types of waste co-processed in Holcim cement plants

8 Februarie 2012


Holcim (Romania) invested EUR 3 mil in modernizing its cement production lines of its plants in campulung (Arges) and Alesd (Bihor), in order to co-process more than 100 different types of waste.

Among the waste that can be co-incinerated in Holcim (Romania) cement plant kilns are gas waste (from used oils and emulsions to tars and contaminated soils), plastic waste, paper waste - cardboard, textiles, leather, wrappings (industrial or household waste), rubber waste (including used tires), wood waste, organic compounds from chemical industry, waste water and mud treatment.

The main advantages of waste co-processing in the cement plants are: controlled waste removal, safely for the environment, for the society's health and also for the quality of the final product. Natural resources are preserved and gas emissions with greenhouse effect, generated in the deposits, are reduced.

The waste co-processing environmental services (pre-treatment and co-incineration) initially offered by Cement Campulung for oil residues have been extended to many other types of waste, following the investments in Cement Campulung and Cement Alesd made by Holcim this year.

"For Holcim, the constructions domain means more than cement, concrete and aggregates, it mainly means the environment people live in and develop their activity, an environment that has to be healthy and unpolluted! The solution developed by Holcim is beneficial for the society, for the waste producers and for Holcim. The company preoccupation for the environmental protection is continuous, and it benefits of international experience and local resources", said Markus Wirth, Country Manager Holcim Romania.

Holcim (Romania) developed in time various environmental protection strategies, by reducing emissions in its cement plants, by developing and implementing environmentally friendly concrete station concept, endowing the plants with kilns equipment for continuing emissions monitoring. All these projects truly reflect Holcim care to the environment.

Holcim (Romania) promotes, sustains and applies an environmental protection policy at European standards, that respects the basic principles of sustainable development. By benefiting of a professional team ready to answer with enthusiasm and competency to any challenge, Holcim will continue in the following years to extend the scale of the wastes it can offer a viable treatment solution, in strong relationship with waste generators and competent authorities.

Holcim (Romania) S.A. is the Romanian subsidiary of Holcim Group Ltd., one of the world's leading suppliers of cement, as well as aggregates (gravel and sand), concrete and construction-related services. One of the top players in the world construction materials industry, the Group is based in Switzerland and has majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents. Holcim employs more than 48,000 people operating 130 cement plants and grinding stations and over 750 ready-mixed concrete plants throughout the world. Holcim is also one of the first international players in the construction industry to have invested in Eastern Europe after 1989.

Holcim (Romania) S.A. currently operates 3 cement plants, in Turda, Campulung and Alesd, 13 ready-mixed concrete plants (8 of which have been built based on the concept of environment friendliness) and 3 aggregates plants. Holcim (Romania) S.A. currently has approximately 1,400 employees.