Iligan’s garbage useful fuel for cement production

ILIGAN CITY, September 23 (PIA)–Barangay Poblacion of Iligan City takes a step forward in reducing garbage dumped on landfills by reusing it into low-carbon fuel that helps in cement production for Holcim Philippines, Incorporated.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) ties the knot of the partnership between Punong Barangay Anthony Pacana of Poblacion, Iligan City, and Frederic Vallat, vice president of Geocycle, Holcim Waste Management Unit.

“Thanks to this partnership with Barangay Poblacion, we will be able to have a win-win situation,” Vallat said.

Barangay Poblacion commitment is to ferry non-hazardous and low-moisture residual wastes such as plastics, laminates, textiles, styrofoams and rubber.

A government-approved and globally-recognized waste management technology called “co-processing” takes procedure to repurpose non-recyclable qualified discarded materials into alternative low-carbon fuels and raw materials used in cement kiln with zero residues.

Vallat elaborated that “co-processing” is an effective and sustainable tool in addressing the waste management challenges in the country.

He added that partnerships with local government units (LGUs) and information drives about its advantages will raise the contribution to lessen wastes in dumpsites.

With this, Geocycle extended technical assistance and training on proper waste segregation and packaging to Barangay Poblacion’s workers in their materials recovery facilities (MRF) resulting for the community leaders to strengthen the implementation of garbage separation to their residents.

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Pacana said, “When I read Geocycle’s mission and vision, it truly fits the goal of our barangay in terms of reducing our garbage, sorting is the key!”

“So we decided to strongly implement the 6-kinds of segregation; plastic, paper, electronic, food, glass and metals, to gain Geocycle’s trust that we won’t give them wet wastes. Here we are now, signing this MOA, sealing our deal”, he expressed.

Barangay Poblacion is the second community in Northern Mindanaoto sign a MOA with Geocycle here.

The municipality of Luga-it, Misamis Oriental was the first LGU to partner with Geocycle delivering almost 1,500 tons of residual waste that was pre and co-processed at the Holcim, Luga-it plant since last year.

The commitment of Holcim to increase its use of low-carbon fuels in cement manufacturing to reduce carbon emissions is the priority one.


Thus, Geocycle encourages Holcim’s LGU neighbors to be advantageous of this state-of-the-art movement in minimizing disposed garbage. (clviajante, PIA-Iligan City)

Source: PIA Feed