Companies renew ties vs plastic waste

REPUBLIC Cement and personal health and hygiene products company Colgate-Palmolive Philippines renewed their partnership that aims to alleviate the pervasive plastic waste problem in the country.

Colgate-Palmolive Philippines’ partnership with Republic Cement is a step toward addressing the plastic waste crisis, which also aligns with the cement firm’s commitment to environmental protection and sustainability.

Arvind Sachdev (left), Colgate-Palmolive Philippines president and general manager; and Roman Menz, Republic Cement chief executive officer, renew their respective companies’ partnership to combat plastic waste with a tree-planting activity on March 23, 2022 at Republic Cement’s Bulacan plant. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Having worked together since signing the first memorandum of agreement in December 2020, both companies pledged to continue their partnership through ecoloop last March 23 at an event at Republic Cement’s Bulacan plant.

“Colgate-Palmolive Philippines is committed to contribute to the betterment of the environment,” said Arvind Sachdev, Colgate-Palmolive Philippines president and general manager.

Sachdev and Republic Cement Chief Executive Officer Roman Menz sealed the renewal of its partnership against plastic waste through a ceremonial tree planting activity.

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“We are very proud to be part of this system and part of the solution and are happy to have found such a strong partnership with Colgate-Palmolive Philippines,” said Menz.

Republic Cement has been at the forefront of innovative waste management for nearly two decades. As the pioneer of co-processing in the Philippines, it has the expertise and equipment for managing pre- and post-consumer waste.

Through ecoloop, the recovery of thermal and mineral properties of qualified waste materials and the manufacture of cement are combined in a single operation. This involves using plastic waste as an alternative fuel, thereby also cutting down the reliance on fossil fuels like coal.

Moreover, the co-processing method completely breaks down the organic molecules in the waste materials, thus reducing carbon emissions. Any by-product, such as ash, is fully integrated into the production of clinker, which is a key ingredient of cement. Thus, co-processing completely closes the lifecycle loop of plastic waste, preventing them from being leaked back into the environment in any way, whether through land, water or air.

With a license issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Republic Cement is fully capable and authorized to use and dispose of qualified waste through the co-processing method.