PT Holcim Indonesia: Ashes to Ashes: co-processing tobacco waste.

PT Holcim Indonesia Ashes to Ashes: co-processing tobacco waste

Since January 2008, when tobacco giant Phillip Morris moved their factory from east to west Java, Geocycle Indonesia have been managing their tobacco waste and ensuring that traces of it do not re-enter the market.

The co-processing of tobacco waste, in addition to other forms of waste, contributes to the reduction of CO2 produced during the cement making process, reduces the kiln's consumption of fossil fuels, and reduces manufacturing costs.

Geocycle received its first consignment of tobacco waste, 45 tonnes, in early 2008. On arrival, the tobacco dust was immediately mixed with biomass to prevent any misappropriation of the product and to ensure against tobacco waste re-entering the local market.

Phillip Morris is now a regular customer and Geocycle Indonesia receives between 5-7 tonnes of cigarette waste per week: usually off-spec filters and papers. The daily feed rate is determined in a daily operation review meeting attended by Geocycle, Logistics, and Production. Close coordination between these three departments is fundamental for waste management and the successful implementation of the co-processing schedule.

Since the project began, 500 tonnes of tobacco waste have been co-processed.

Geocycle Indonesia is a business unit and integral part of Holcim Indonesia, focusing on providing waste management solutions for customers. Energy and mineral components in waste are recovered by co-processing it in our cement kilns. Co-processing waste is an environmental friendly solution to waste problems.