Cemex has introduced an innovative mobile plant that sorts solid waste for use as alternative fuels in Mexico. The system will help lengthen the usable life of landfills, increase the recovery rate of recyclables, improve the working conditions for landfill workers and produce better alternative fuels. It’s expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 130,000 tpy.
The mobile plant receives, crushes, separates, classifies and compacts solid waste, producing bales that are used as an alternative fuel in cement plants. The system will be replicated throughout the country, beginning with Central Mexico, in order to provide a new solution for landfills located near Cemex operations. The production target for December 2013 is approximately 10,000 tons of alternative fuels.
Alternative fuels are a pillar of Cemex’s carbon and energy strategy, which allows it to reduce its environmental footprint and maximize the contribution of its plants to society.