ecoloop is the resource recovery arm of Republic Cement. Through ecoloop’s co-processing and the use of plastic waste as alternative fuels, Republic can manufacture cement with reduced dependence on fossil fuels, such as coal. Residual wastes are effectively diverted from landfills and waterways, thereby addressing the plastic pollution crisis by capturing pre- and post-consumer waste in direct partnership with manufacturers including fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies as well as local government units (LGUs). At present, ecoloop counts more than 30 public and private partnerships across the country.
Co-processing is the reuse or recovery of thermal and mineral properties of qualified waste materials while manufacturing cement in a single combined operation. This promotes the conservation of non-renewable energy sources and raw materials. The recovered heat content from the qualified wastes partially replaces the heat from traditional fossil fuels such as coal and petcoke. Recovered minerals similar to the chemical composition of sand and clay also replace raw materials used in cement production.