Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Plastics test burn next week, May 11, 2011
"A test burn of “post-recycling” plastic waste is scheduled for next week at the St. Marys Cement plant. According to company Environment Manager Martin Vroegh, approximately two per cent of the petroleum-based “coke” that’s normally fed into the kilns will be replaced — over a stretch of three days — by a shredded material being brought by tractor trailer from London. "
St. Marys Cement representative Wilson Little, however, was clear in his intent to pursue the possibilities.

NOTE THIS: Asked by councillor Lynn Hainer about the possible economic benefits to the Town of burning the alternative fuel, Little said the benefits are “indirect in the sense that, if (St. Marys Cement) doesn’t remain competitive and we don’t find ways to increase our efficiencies, we’re not going to be able to remain in business.”

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And another one:


Yes, St. Mary's one if not the biggest cement manufacturers in the world told a small municipal Council that while there are no "direct" benefits to the municipality, if the company couldn't burn plastic they would go out of business.

Honest to God, if the gravel industry reps lips are moving they are lying.

LaFarge too, except they burn tires as alternative fuel.
The Lafarge cement plant in Bath, ON (near Kingston) is currently in a lengthy, and costly, battle over the right to burn alternative fuels consisting of scrap tires and other waste products such as plastics. The company already burns tires at some of its plants in Quebec and in the United States, while the technology is used in many plants across Europe.

After three years of discussions with the province and various stakeholders, and four public meetings, Lafarge received its approval from the province to burn the alternative fuels for two years.Click here for the entire article:

Burning tires scorch cement industry's green credibility
It's difficult to read cement manufacturing giant Lafarge North America Inc. On the one hand, the company announced in June that it was working with Kingston-based biotech firm Performance Plants Inc. on ways to grow grasses and woody plants for use as fuel at its Bath, Ont., cement plant.

On the other hand, what exactly does "local fuel alternative" mean?

In the Ontario context, it seems to mean burning car tires, plastics and other local waste as fuel. The Ministry of Environment gave Lafarge approval to do just that, a decision that has faced stiff opposition from Kingston-area groups, including band members from the Tragically Hip. The two sides have been battling it out for five years.
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