Lafarge seeks approval to use plastic waste as alternative fuel

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Canada: Lafarge is moving ahead with an attempt to use plastic waste instead of coal at its Brookfield cement plant in Nova Scotia. Scarth MacDonnell, Brookfield's plant manager, appeared before Colchester County council to inform them of the plant's intent to use plastic waste as a low-carbon fuel.

"We think we have found a solution to the very real problem of plastics that build up in landfills," said MacDonnell. "We hope to get 30% substitution of coal." MacDonnell added that the emissions are safe and meet or exceed provincial and federal government standards.

The plant will submit an application to Nova Scotia's Department of Environment for an industrial trial replacing coal with shredded plastics. It will also host an open house on 17 July 2014 for people who want to learn more about and talk about the idea.

MacDonnell said that a study by the province's Department of Natural Resources indicates that there is 79,000t/yr of plastic going into landfills in Nova Scotia and that a study by Dalhousie University states that using plastics reduces carbon dioxide emissions up to 34% and other greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by as much as 98%.

Last modified on 02 July 2014

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