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New construction waste recycling facility opens in Colombia

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A new construction and demolition waste recycling facility has begun operations in Cota, Cundinamarca in central Colombia, close to the capital, Bogota. Granulados Reciclados de Colombia (Greco) is a joint venture between Cementos Argos, Fanalca, and Daeyang.

The plant has a capacity of 200 tph and includes technology to separate the wood, metals, plastics, and stone materials. The latter are then crushed and reused as aggregates for the production of concrete, as well as sands, bases, and subbases.

Greco aims to process around 1 million tpy of materials, reducing the quantity of waste that goes to landfill. Last year 7.5 million tpy of construction or demolition waste was generated in Bogota and its surrounding regions.

In addition, the new plant will replace some of the supply of virgin raw materials used in construction, reducing the amount that must be transported from quarries to the Colombian capital – a distance of around 100 km. In contract, Cota is located just 1.5 km from Bogota.

Cementos Argos and Fanalca hold a 40% stake in Greco, with Daeyang holding a 20% stake.

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