Geocycle joins the Alliance to End Plastic Waste


Geocycle has joined the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) is a not-for-profit organization focused on bringing together industry, government, communities, and civil society in the fight to end plastic waste.

Through this association Geocycle plans to contribute to the Alliance’s objective of helping end plastic waste in the environment. Axel Pieters, CEO of Geocycle said: “Geocycle, with its global footprint, is in a unique position to support the Alliance objectives, as we are actively present in its focus geographical locations. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance and our association is a natural extension of our already significant work in providing sustainable solutions for the ever growing volumes of plastic waste.” 

Geocycle is one of the world’s largest waste management companies and works extensively with municipalities and various key stakeholders to manage non-recyclable plastic waste through pre- and co-processing. The company managed 11 million tons of waste in 2018, out of which 2 million tons was non-recyclable plastic. 

The Alliance is working to promote programs and partnerships that focus on solutions in four core areas: infrastructure, innovation, education, and clean up. The Alliance membership represents global companies and organizations located throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Arabian Gulf. The emerging economies of Asia, Africa and South America are focus areas for AEPW’s projects and interventions since the challenge of plastic waste management is critical in these parts. 

The technology adopted by Geocycle to treat waste is called co-processing. During co-processing, the high temperatures and long residence time ensure that the energy content of waste is recovered and the material value is recycled in cement manufacturing process. It leaves no residues as the ash gets incorporated into clinker, the basis of cement. Thus, co-processing leads to conservation of natural resources and diverts waste from landfills & uncontrolled dumps, thereby reducing pollution and saving land. It also contributes to reduction of CO2 emissions. Overall, co-processing plays a critical role in addressing the problem of waste disposal for society and contributes towards circular economy. Geocycle is the worldwide waste management business of LafargeHolcim, the leading global building materials and solutions company. 

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