In Mexico, waste, including industrial waste, is still frequently disposed of in landfill sites. Regenera, a Cemex subsidiary, focuses on developing circular economy solutions for the waste industry. The recycling pioneer Lindner and its local sales & service partner, GTA Ambiental, actively support this project with their on-site recycling machinery and service.
Mexico, with its capital Mexico City, is the fifth largest country in the Americas. With a population of around 129 million people, it ranks tenth worldwide and is the most densely populated Spanish-speaking country. Not least because of its large population, Mexico produces 100000 t of waste every day. Most of it is still landfilled – with dramatic consequences for the environment. To prevent that from happening, Regenera has committed itself to collecting and recovering waste and has established more than ten waste collection centres throughout Mexico. The focus, however, is not only on collecting but also on expertly recovering waste. While some types of waste can be successfully recycled, non-recyclables are used to produce high-quality refuse-derived fuel (RDF). At its flagship plant, the Monterrey waste recovery facility, Regenera relies on the experience of recycling pioneer Lindner and its sales & service partner GTA Ambiental to help to produce refuse-derived fuel.
“We chose Lindner because these shredders can be used and installed flexibly without any major changes to our facilities. We were also looking for robust machines capable of processing the different types of waste we receive, and, at the same time, an after-sales service team that ensures continuous plant operation. That’s what Lindner and its sales and service partner GTA Ambiental provide on-site reliably and at the highest possible standard,” explains José Guillermo Díaz Arroyo, Director of Regenera.
From 2011 to December 2022, Regenera recovered more than 4.9 million t of municipal solid, industrial and commercial waste, thereby notably reducing landfilling. The resulting refuse-derived fuel is produced specifically for energy recovery in cement plants and must therefore meet high-quality standards. These vital criteria include density, energy and moisture content, and particle size in particular, a challenge that can be reliably met with Lindner’s technology and GTA Ambiental.
By producing high-calorific refuse-derived fuels, Regenera, also actively contributes to reducing the carbon footprint. By 2050, Cemex aims to neutralise these emissions, which is also the focus of the Future in Action initiative, a sustainability programme founded by Cemex. The objective is to play a pioneering role in climate protection within this industry.