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Cemex UK and SITA UK to develop waste recycling plants

World Cement,

Cemex UK has entered an agreement with SITA UK to develop two waste recycling plants for the production of Climafuel for Cemex’s Rugby cement plant in Warwickshire, UK.

SITA UK, a leading recycling and resource management company, plans to bring the first waste recycling facility, located in Birmingham, on stream later this year. This will be followed by a second facility at Malpass Farm, adjacent to the Rugby cement plant, which is expected to come on stream in early 2014.

The two waste recycling plants will be able to produce 250 000 t of Climafuel to Cemex’s Rugby cement plant, which is currently permitted to utilise up to 65% of its fuel needs with Climafuel (although this could increase to 80%, pending a current application to the Environment Agency). The Rugby cement plant has been using Climafuel, an alternative fuel produced from domestic, commercial and industrial waste, since 2007.

Dan Panormo, Cemex’s Renewable Energy Manager said: “We are delighted that SITA UK are able to work with us in securing local waste and providing the facilities for the production of Climafuel. With the fuel coming from within a 30 mile radius of the cement plant from Birmingham and subsequently from Malpass Farm, it guarantees the environmental credentials of this alternative fuel.

“This new partnership will provide a secure and long-term supply of Climafuel while providing the local communities around Birmingham and Rugby with a positive solution to waste that would otherwise go to landfill.”

Ben Harding, Head of Infrastructure Development at SITA UK, said: “We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Cemex to secure a sustainable, long-term solution to divert waste away from landfill in the Midlands through the production of an alternative fuel for use at the Rugby cement plant.

The development of a facility to produce Climafuel as part of our wider developments in the Birmingham area and a second dedicated facility at Malpass Farm demonstrates our commitment to develop sustainable waste management infrastructure to extract value from local commercial and municipal wastes. The new sites will create a significant number of jobs, both in their construction and long-term operation and maintenance of the plants.”

Adapted from press release by Callum O’Reilly

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