Lafarge Africa has said 70,000 tons of various types of waste, representing 9% of its energy across the country, was co-processed in its cement kilns for use in 2020.
Lafarge announced this at the celebration of its “2021 Geocycle week” with the theme “Think Planet, Think Solutions” to coincide with the World Clean-up Day on September 18th.
The Head of Geocycle, Lafarge Africa Plc, Daniel Adedokun in a statement said the company is working at the highest level to reduce the impact of industrial waste.
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“Geocycle is stepping up to this challenge by helping businesses achieve plastic neutrality. In Nigeria, Geocycle has partnered with some industries driving plastic neutrality since 2018. In 2020, 70,000 tons of various types of waste, representing 9% of its energy across the country, was co-processed in our cement kilns.
“We drive a circular economy across everything we do, to keep materials in use for as long as possible giving them a second life – and a third and a fourth – and using only what is needed to preserve nature. Improving waste collection is fundamental to advancing the circular economy – and to reducing marine litter,”Adedokun said.
The Commercial Manager, Geocycle, Temitope Dosumu during the cleanup event said the purpose of the cleaning event is to sensitise people within Bariga community and its environs on the importance of sorting waste from source and cleaning up the environment and streets.
“This will go a long way to reduce the volume of waste that goes to the dump sites and drainages and will prevent poor waste management. The World Clean Up Day is a reminder that we all have a part to play in attaining a zero-waste future,”he said.
Geocycle partnered with the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) to commemorate the World Clean Up Day with a cleaning exercise at Bariga market in Lagos. Employees and volunteers from Lafarge Africa Plc together with volunteers from the FBRA recycling partners participated in the cleaning exercise.