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Cemex hit company record of 74 per cent recycled fuels at South Ferriby

Building materials firm Cemex has hit a company record by replacing 74 per cent of its fossil fuels with fuels made from waste at its South Ferriby cement plant.

Cemex uses Secondary Liquid Fuels - which are non-recyclable industrial liquids such as paint, thinners, inks and varnishes and Climafuel which is made from household residual waste and commercial waste that would usually go to landfill.

Cemex plant director Philip Baynes-Clarke said: The use of alternative fuels at South Ferriby is one of our key focuses, and is improving the sustainability of our operation. This record is an important milestone for the plant and recognises the efforts of the team to continually seek to increase performance levels.

The fuel is used to heat the kilns to 1400 degrees Celsius to produce cement.

Over the last three months, more than 9,000 tonnes of waste has been diverted from landfill to be used at the site. Additionally, Cemex has saved the equivalent carbon dioxide emissions that 3,300 cars produce in a year.

The companys record amount of alternative fuels used on this site could also be a record amount for the cement industry, which has an average 19.4 per cent use of alternative fuels according to British Cement Associations Performance Report 2007.

The firm sources Climafuel from local suppliers Transwaste, MidUK Recycling, Orchid Environmental and Wastecycle.

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