Waste management and co-processing

Waste treatment is seen as a time-consuming and costly headache by many businesses and municipalities. Mistakes or poor performance in waste management may also expose organizations to major environmental and reputational risks and penalties. Since the 1970s, Holcim has pioneered the co-processing of waste materials, and for decades developed innovative and tailored industrial and municipal waste management services for a wide range of customers. This heritage of innovation continues under the Geocycle brand which maintains a network of more than 50 operations that together comprise one of the world’s leading providers of waste management services.


For public authorities and municipalities that are responsible for waste management, Geocycle’s  sustainable waste treatment solutions virtually eliminate residues from waste, which significantly reduces the need for landfill facilities. This has the additional benefit of freeing up valuable land for more productive, less controversial use. These solutions also eliminate toxins - resulting from untreated or inadequately treated waste - that can find their way into the air, soil and ground water.



Once captured and pre-processed by Geocycle, the waste is co-processed in Holcim cement plants. This preserves natural resources and reduces the plants’ carbon intensity while waste co-processing often creates local employment opportunities. The activity also contributes to efforts to build a circular economy, a key element in Holcim’s sustainability strategy.


Did you know that we are one of the world’s largest waste processing companies? In 2018 Holcim treated over 51 million tonnes of waste - that’s over eight Pyramids of Giza worth of municipal, industrial and agricultural waste. More than 11 million tonnes of this was sustainably processed by Geocycle as waste-derived fuel and raw materials for our cement production. Waste is a big problem in the world, and getting bigger, but it is a problem that Geocycle is helping to tackle.