LafargeHolcim to Study Waste Materials for Reuse

In the U.S., LafargeHolcim of Switzerland, along with its subsidiary, Geocycle, have announced a cooperative agreement research project with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) to study how construction and demolition (C&D) materials can be used for energy recovery and mineral recycling.

Under the agreement, ERDC will provide technical assistance and US$3.4 million to conduct a waste characterization study and develop a basic research program to demonstrate how C&D debris from across U.S. military installations may be used to create alternative fuels, and alternative raw materials for the production of new, more sustainable construction materials.

Sophie Wu, Director of Geocycle North America, said, “In 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that approximately 600 million tons of construction and demolition debris was generated in the United States, which is more than twice the amount of generated municipal solid waste. The partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will help us better understand this material and see how we can create a circular economy program leading to a zero-waste future.”

The research will begin by conducting a waste characterization study at a number of military installations facing significant C&D debris. The materials will then be evaluated for possible co-processing opportunities, including energy recovery, mineral reuse, and mineral recovery.

The research will use resources at Geocyle’s Holly Hill Research Center in South Carolina and Holcim Ltd’s Global Innovation Center in Lyon, France.

Volume 35, Issue 14

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