Over £12 million has been spent by the UK’s cement manufacturers in complying with newly enforced incineration regulations.
All four members of the British Cement Association (BCA) - Buxton Lime Industries, Castle Cement, Cemex UK and LaFarge UK have now fully complied with the Waste Incineration Directive (WID) which came into force on 28 December 2005.
BCA chief executive Mike Gilbert said: “The UK cement manufacturers have invested to ensure cement making in the future is more sustainable. Compliance with the WID provides assurance that emissions controls meet the necessary high standards for environmental performance.
The aim of the directive is to minimise the negative impact on the environment through pollution by emissions to air, soil, surface and groundwater and the resulting risks to human health. The directive applies to all plants that recover energy from waste or incinerate waste for disposal.
Gilbert added: “Last year, 230,000 tonnes of waste was used as waste-derived fuel, saving about 190,000 tonnes of coal. The use of waste-derived fuels has the added benefit that it reduces overall emissions from cement kilns.”
The cement industry plays an important role in minimising some of the UK’s waste disposal problems by providing an environmentally sound alternative to illegal dumping, landfill or incineration.