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Spanish cement industry avoids waste

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Recycling and energy recovery of waste in cement factories in 2014 prevented the dumping of 1.5 million t of waste, an amount equivalent to 23 football stadiums full.

Spanish cement industry avoids waste

This data, the latest available, has been collected in the latest update of the ‘Report on recycling and recovery of waste in the cement industry in Spain’, prepared by the Cerdà Institute and presented in Santander by the Labour and Environmental Foundation of Cement (CEMA).

"We must not forget that 55% of municipal waste managed in Spain in 2014 ended up in a landfill, a place where the fermentation of organic matter produces methane, which multiplied the warming potential of CO2 by 25 times. Our country is still far from countries like Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Sweden or Switzerland where landfills have virtually disappeared. The cement industry is emerging in our country as the most sustainable solution for the management of this waste, since the European scene still has a wide margin of manoeuvre for the use of substitutes for raw materials or as fuels in their production processes" says Dimas Vallina, managing director of CEMA Foundation.

Between 2004 and 2014, the total period analysed by the study, the total consumption of alternative raw materials used by the cement industry in Spain amounted to 40.3 million t. By region, Andalusia consumed the greatest amount of alternative raw materials, with more than 8 million t, followed by Asturias, with 6.5 million and Catalonia, with almost 5 million. In 2014 the cement industry employed nearly 1.46 million t of alternative raw materials, which accounted for 4.7% of consumption of total raw materials.

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