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Republic Cement, Colgate-Palmolive partner vs plastic waste – The Manila Times


Republic Cement President and Chief Executive Officer Nabil Francis, Colgate-Palmolive Philippines President Arvind Sachdev and Republic Cement ecoloop Director Angela Edralin-Valencia take a tour of the Republic Cement Teresa plant, where co-processing of plastics is done

LEADING construction solutions provider Republic Cement and Colgate-Palmolive Philippines, makers of leading personal health and hygiene products, joined together to address the plastic waste problem in the Philippines.

In a memorandum of agreement signed last Dec. 18, 2020 at Republic Cement’s plant in Teresa, Rizal, both companies committed to utilizing the cement manufacturer’s co-processing initiative to reduce the amount of plastic ending up in landfills and waterways.

“Republic Cement is proud to be working with Colgate to support [its] plastic waste reduction goals through ecoloop, our resource recovery arm. We are excited to be a part of [Colgate’s] journey, and we are confident that through our shared commitment towards sustainability, we will be able to help support Colgate achieve [its] goals in the Philippines,” said Republic Cement President and Chief Executive Officer Nabil Francis.

Co-processing is the reuse or recovery of thermal and mineral properties of qualified waste materials while manufacturing cement in a single combined operation. Through ecoloop’s co-processing and the use of plastic waste as alternative fuels, Republic can manufacture cement with reduced dependence on fossil fuels. Residual waste is effectively diverted from landfills and waterways; thereby addressing the plastic pollution crisis by capturing pre- and post-consumer waste in direct partnership with fast-moving consumer goods companies.

“We can and will create a healthier and more sustainable future for all,” said Arvind Sachdev, Colgate-Palmolive Philippines president and general manager.


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