Nestlé PH, Cemex to collect, divert plastic waste in Cebu

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    Marzouki (left) and Elizondo at the signing ceremony. 

    Just before the COVID-19 quarantine was imposed in the country, a partnership agreement to divert plastic waste laminates away from landfills in Cebu province by collecting and co-processing them in cement kilns was signed by Nestlé Philippines and Cemex Holdings Philippines.

    The agreement is one of the initiatives of Nestlé Philippines under a long-term plastic waste collection and recovery program.

    Nestlé Philippines chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) Kais Marzouki and Cemex Holdings Philippines president and CEO Ignacio Mijares Elizondo signed the agreement.

    Under the partnership, Nestlé Philippines, through its program partners and authorized transportation provider, will collect post-consumer soft plastics, and pre-process and transport these to the APO Cement Corp.’s plant in Tinaan, Naga City in Cebu.  APO Cement, a subsidiary of Cemex Holdings Philippines, will in turn co-process the post-consumer soft plastics.

    The waste plastic laminates will be sourced from different cities and municipalities in Cebu.

    The agreement is one of the initiatives of Nestlé Philippines under a long-term plastic waste collection and recovery program.

    In April 2018, Nestlé announced its global commitment to make 100 percent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. Nestlé’s vision is to achieve a waste-free future with none of its packaging, particularly plastic, going to landfills, the oceans, or as litter.

    A green environment will always be at the center of Cemex’s ‘Build A Nation Together’ CSR efforts. Our advocacies are dedicated to uplift lives, communities, and protect the environment.”

    As a method of waste disposal, co-processing is permitted by local environmental laws and regulations, and is practiced in various countries. In the Philippines, cement kiln co-processing is preferable to landfilling and physical treatment, since energy and minerals from waste are almost completely used up.

    In 2018 Cemex won its second Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau Award for its waste management solutions and for the Tamang Segregasyon Para Sa Kalikasan program services that are being offered to communities across the Calabarzon region.

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