Facility to process municipal waste into alternative fuel launched in Payatas Project to contribute to waste management efforts of Quezon City

Manila, April 22, 2013 – To support the waste management efforts of Quezon City, a waste-processing facility has been officially launched in Payatas by Mundo Verde Corporation (MVC) in partnership with the Quezon City local government. The facility will help reduce the volume of waste in the Payatas landfill while at the same time produce Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), an alternative fuel that can be used in the cement-making process. 

More than 1,500 metric tons of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) is being generated daily within Quezon City alone. The RDF facility is expected to process approximately 30% of the MSW in Payatas and yield a significant amount of RDF, which will then be supplied to the Luzon-based cement plants of Lafarge Republic, Inc.  

Payatas landfill operator and one of the shareholders of Mundo Verde, IPM Environmental Services, Inc., noted that the project will help prolong the life of the sanitary landfill as well as provide jobs to residents of communities around the area. Currently 53 individuals from the Payatas waste picker’s cooperative are employed at the RDF facility.

On the other hand, leading cement manufacturer Lafarge Republic, Inc., the main customer of MVC, confirmed that the RDF produced will help achieve the goal of the company to substantially reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. This initiative aims to reduce waste buried in the landfill and at the same time provide cement plants with alternative fuel to reduce their dependence on non-renewable sources of energy. 

RDF is produced by separating the non-combustible from the combustible components of solid wastes. The combustible portion is then processed into a shredded and plastic-wrapped bale that can be safely and efficiently transported to the cement plants and used as alternative fuel while simultaneously manufacturing cement in a single combined operation. This process, called “co-processing,” is the preferred waste-management method over land-filling since the energy and minerals coming from wastes are almost completely utilized during the process.

The RDF project was conceived as part of Lafarge’s sustainability ambition to increase its use of alternative fuel through use of RDF from municipal solid waste. Lafarge Industrial Ecology International S.A., collaborated with IPM Environmental Services, Inc., the landfill operator and hauler of Quezon City; and Pennies and Pounds Holdings Inc., which has expertise in engineering consultancy for the cement industry, forming the consortium Mundo Verde Corporation.

Leading the inauguration was Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, officials of Mundo Verde, and representatives of its shareholders. Attendees also took part in a facility tour and demonstration.


ABOUT MUNDO VERDE CORPORATION:

Mundo Verde is the operator of the RDF Production Facility in Payatas, Quezon City. It is a consortium of companies namely Pennies and Pounds Holdings, Inc., IPM Environmental Services, Inc. (IPM-ESI) and Basic Environmental Systems & Technologies, Inc. (BEST), and French firm, Lafarge Industrial Ecology International S.A.

PENNIES AND POUNDS

Pennies and Pounds Holdings Inc. has expertise in engineering consultancy particularly for the cement industry. One of the specializations of Pennies and Pounds are AFR Projects, combining know-how of the cement technology as well as know-how of waste preparation and utilization technologies.

IPM ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC. (IPM-ESI) AND BASIC ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS &TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (BEST)

IPM-Environmental Services, Inc. is the contractor for the Design, Rehabilitation, Closure and Conversion of the Quezon City, waste disposal facility into a controlled waste dump facility which was completed in December 31, 2010.  Currently is undertaking for the Quezon City Government’s the operation of the Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) project put up in compliance with Republic Act 9003 and its Implementing Rules & Regulations, This includes the design, construction and operation of the company owned  Quezon City Sanitary Landfill. 

The IWMF project includes the construction, operation and management of the QC Sanitary Landfill at Urban II, Brgy. Payatas, Quezon City intended for the reception and disposal of residual wastes; and, the establishment, operation and maintenance of a central Materials Recovery and Processing Facility.  The RDF plant in Payatas has been installed as a complementary MRF facility.

IPM-ESI/BEST Inc. is part of the IPM group of companies whose president, Ms. Isabelita Paredes Mercado, has led the group into becoming a major player in the country’s waste management as well as in the construction industries.  To date, IPM has put up four Category 4 and one Category 2 landfills in the country. 

An IPM affiliated company, Basic Environmental Systems and Technologies, Inc. (BEST) is a shareholder of Mundo Verde Corporation and is also the owner of the Morong Sanitary Landfill in Rizal Province and shareholder of the Metro Clark Sanitary Landfill in Clarkfield, Pampanga.

The IPM-BEST tandem continues to look into innovative approaches and initiatives intended to provide solutions on how wastes are  managed that allow for a broad spectrum of environmental issues to be addressed, including climate change, resource depletion, air and water pollution and clean and renewable energy.

Lafarge Group

A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 65,000 people in 64 countries, and posted sales of €15.8 billion in 2012. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected.

With the world’s leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark in recognition of its sustainable development actions. More information is available on Lafarge’s website: www.lafarge.com

Note: Lafarge Industrial Ecology International SA is a member of the Lafarge Group

Lafarge in the Philippines

Lafarge has an established presence in the Philippines through Lafarge Holdings (Philippines), Inc. and its associated companies – Lafarge Republic, Inc., Lafarge Iligan, Inc., Lafarge Mindanao, Inc., Batong Angono Aggregates Corporation and Lafarge Cement Services (Philippines), Inc. Combining the strength of the global presence of Lafarge with the solid reputation of its local affiliates, Lafarge associated companies are reshaping the construction landscape in the Philippines with their innovative building solutions. They offer the widest range of top-quality cement, aggregates and other building materials under the brands Republic, Fortune, Mindanao, Rapidset, Portland Duo, and Wallmaster to meet the growing needs of an increasingly sophisticated construction industry.

With a national manufacturing footprint composed of 5 cement plants, a cement terminal, and an aggregates quarry, operated by 1300+ skilled professionals, Lafarge in the Philippines is committed to a vision of helping build green communities for a better quality of life. Additional information is available on the website at www.lafarge.com.ph.


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