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Lafarge launch cement recycling scheme

Cement manufacturer Lafarge will begin a collection and recycling service for out of date cement bags, in an effort to discourage construction waste from being sent to landfill.

The nationwide scheme will be incorporated into current Lafarge collection routes, allowing merchants to have old bags of cement collected directly from their yards, as their new cement is delivered.

Cement of any type will be collected by the company, which has also pledged to pick up deliveries of any size – ranging from a single bag, to an entire lorry load.

The cement is then returned to the company, where it is chemically altered and fed back through the production cycle, turning it back into cement.

Lafarge Cement UK packaging manager Kieron Hall told MRW: “[The scheme is] important for a number of reasons. First of all [for meeting] the Government’s waste reduction targets. Also, ethically speaking, we want to consume the least amount of natural resources we can, hence reducing quarrying by recycling material.”

The company launched a similar scheme last year, which sought to repair and reuse broken wooden pallets, and has been taken up by what Hall called a “mass scale of customers”.

Lafarge has also promised to plant a new tree near its Barnstone Works for each tonne of cement that the company recycles using the scheme.

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