ALGERIA: Général Emballage appoints Lafarge to recycle its cardboard waste

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ALGERIA: Général Emballage appoints Lafarge to recycle its cardboard waste© Lafarge Algeria

The Algerian company Général Emballage has entrusted the management of its corrugated cardboard waste to Lafarge Algeria. The company will recycle this waste for the operation of its plants.

Général Emballage wants to reduce its environmental impact in Algeria. The Algerian paper company specialising in the manufacture and conversion of corrugated cardboard will rely on the expertise of Lafarge Algeria to achieve its objective, according to a partnership agreement signed on 28 November 2022 between the two parties.

Thus, the Algerian subsidiary of Lafarge, specialised in the production of cement and ready-mixed concrete, will recycle the waste from the manufacturing process of “Kraft” paper bags of Général Emballage. This is a very resistant type of paper used for the manufacture of biodegradable bags.

The manufacture of packaging for its factories

“The recycling of one tonne of cardboard will avoid the consumption of 2.5 tonnes of wood, 50 m3 of water and 13 MWh of energy, as well as the emission of 2.5 tonnes of CO2,” says Ramdane Batouche, President of Général Emballage.

The waste from Général Emballage’s facilities will be converted into new packaging for industrial use, notably at the “Lafarge sacs” unit, located in the wilaya of Bordj Arreridj, a province in northern Algeria, about 20 km from the capital Algiers. “The waste recovery industry is today a major challenge for the development of efficient production capacities and to support the ecological transition of the Algerian economy,” says yht Holcim Group in Algeria.

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In addition to the preservation of the resource, this approach of General Emballage and Lafarge contributes to the development of the circular economy. Recycling industrial waste has become Lafarge’s niche in Algeria. Since February 2022, the company has been recovering (into electricity) the waste from Tosyali Algeria, collected in its plant located in Bethioua, in the municipality of Oran.

Inès Magoum

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