Republic Cement, a leading construction solutions provider in the Philippines, and Colgate-Palmolive Philippines, a personal health and hygiene products company, renewed their partnership that aims to alleviate the pervasive plastic waste problem in the country.
The Philippines is one of the biggest contributors of marine plastic pollution, generating a staggering 2.7 million tons of plastic waste each year. Colgate-Palmolive Philippines’ partnership with Republic Cement is a step towards addressing the plastic waste crisis, which also aligns with Republic Cement’s commitment to environmental protection and sustainability.
Having worked together since signing the first Memorandum of Agreement in December 2020, both companies pledged to continue their partnership through ecoloop at an event held at Republic Cement’s Bulacan Plant. ecoloop is Republic’s resource recovery arm, which co-processes plastic waste and diverts it from landfills and waterways. “Colgate-Palmolive Philippines is committed to contribute to the betterment of the environment,” said Colgate-Palmolive Philippines President and General Manager Arvind Sachdev.
“We are very proud to be part of this system and part of the solution and are happy to have found such a strong partnership with Colgate-Palmolive Philippines,” said Republic Cement CEO Roman Menz. Republic Cement has been at the forefront of innovative waste management for nearly two decades. As the pioneer of co-processing in the Philippines, Republic Cement has the expertise and equipment for managing pre- and post-consumer waste.
Through ecoloop, the recovery of thermal and mineral properties of qualified waste materials and the manufacture of cement are combined in a single operation. This involves using plastic waste as an alternative fuel, thereby also cutting down the reliance on fossil fuels like coal. Moreover, the co-processing method completely breaks down the organic molecules in the waste materials, thus reducing carbon emissions. Any by-product, such as ash, is fully integrated into the production of clinker, which is a key ingredient of cement. Thus, co-processing completely closes the lifecycle loop of plastic waste, preventing them from being leaked back into the environment in any way, whether through land, water, or air.
With a license issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Republic Cement is fully capable and authorized to use and dispose of qualified waste through the co-processing method. Republic Cement understands its environmental responsibility and is careful to operate in compliance with DENR standards.
To further bolster their partnership, the two companies participated in a ceremonial tree planting activity. The renewed agreement signifies both companies’ dedication to creating a healthier and more sustainable environment for future generations.
Through this partnership with Colgate-Palmolive Philippines, Republic Cement strives ever more earnestly towards building a greener, Stronger Republic.