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Geocycle builds a greener future for India

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Geocycle India, the in-house waste management arm of Ambuja Cements Limited and ACC Limited, has co-processed about 2 million t of waste and achieved a TSR of 6% in 2021. Ambuja Cements and ACC have six pre-processing and fourteen co-processing facilities at which close to 1 million t of waste are handled annually and diverted from landfill.

Geocycle is at the forefront of providing circular and sustainable solutions for waste from different industries, municipalities, the agricultural sector and local communities.

Ambuja Cements’ plant in Kodinar in Ambuja Nagar, Gujarat, has been co-processing both solid and liquid waste for almost a decade. Ambujanagar has one of the highest clinker productions in the group at 12 500 tpd and has been able to achieve a TSR of 7% in 2021 across all three kilns. It has also enabled the state to mitigate the challenges of plastic waste pollution with a very successful model adopted by the state government, State Pollution Control Board and industry.

ACC’s manufacturing unit at Wadi, Karnataka, is one of the largest kilns in the world, producing 14 000 tpd of clinker. The kiln co-processes more than 600 t of waste on a daily basis. Wadi co-processes wastes such as plastics and industrial waste, contributing to a TSR of 18% in 2021.

Geocycle India operates in Goa, Chennai, Noida, Nagpur, Bilaspur, Vishakhapatnam, Trichy and Erode to help manage the RDF generated from both fresh municipal waste and legacy dumps. In 2020, Geocycle India was able to manage close to 5 Lakhs t of RDF and plastic waste in its various facilities. The companies have focused their efforts towards the Clean India Mission and are establishing partnerships to help contribute to the Swachh Bharat Mission.

Neeraj Akhoury, CEO India Holcim and Managing Director & CEO of Ambuja Cements Ltd said, “We are always looking to build and adopt sustainable solutions for a cleaner and greener world. Our waste management arm Geocycle India has been our pillar in driving initiatives and has helped us to co-process and reuse industrial wastes. We safely recover energy and recycle material value inherent in waste, leaving zero residues. Thus, our endeavour helps conserve natural resources and reduces land and marine pollution. Both Ambuja Cements and ACC are working and committed towards becoming a ‘Net Zero’”.

Ambuja and ACC have played a pioneering role in managing plastic waste pollution by working with various cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata and also towns and villages like Gulbarga, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Ballarsha and Nashik. The companies are committed to become ‘Net Zero’ and help India become cleaner and greener.

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