Chip Mong Insee Cement Corporation (CMIC), a subsidiary of local conglomerate Chip Mong Group, has invested another $4 million to establish a new industrial waste management facility. It will provide an environmentally friendly solution to disposing of industrial waste, particularly from the garment and footwear sector.
The Chip Mong Ecocycle Unit waste management facility was officially launched on Thursday at CMIC’s plant in Kampot province’s Banteay Meas district, with Chip Mong saying it demonstrates its increasingly responsible role in environmental stewardship.
Chip Mong Group chairman Leang Khun said the facility is part of the company‘s commitment to promoting a clean environment at a time when the world is facing enormous challenges.
He said at the launching ceremony that the project was initiated early this year with support from the Ministry of Environment.
“We spent more than $4 million on the project. It is part of a joint-venture, with Chip Mong Group holding 60 per cent and Thailand’s Siam City Cement Corporation (SCCC) holding 40 per cent.
“CMIC is proud of the fact that its Chip Mong Ecocycle Unit is the first sustainable industrial waste management solution in Cambodia. It processes hazardous and non-hazardous waste through a technological process known as co-processing,” Khun said.
CMIC CEO Nicolas George said with the inauguration of the new ecocyle project, CMIC has reached another milestone in improving the environment in Cambodia.
“Our plant is now equipped with state-of-the-art technology to manage industrial waste and further reduce our environmental footprint. I do not doubt that this new venture will prove to be a great success and benefit all our stakeholders.
“Once more, CMIC has demonstrated its commitment to developing a more sustainable cement industry,” he said, adding that the company has for some time been processing industrial waste from companies in Preah Sihanouk province and the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone.
George said co-processing is the term used for the thermal destruction of industrial waste, combining two core processes undertaken simultaneously, without compromising the efficiency of either one.
Co-processing satisfies all regulatory standards, he said. It is being adopted globally for the management of industrial waste. It is seen as a superior option to landfilling and incineration since it offers a complete solution with no environmental impact.
Minister of Environment Say Sam Al, who presided over the ceremony, said the Chip Mong Ecocycle Unit was the first of its kind in Cambodia.
“This project helps greatly in recycling industrial waste that the company receives from Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh.
“It is a very big contribution to the environment and keeping our country clean. I do hope that other cement factories will follow Chip Mong’s model,” he said.
The Chip Mong Ecocycle Unit can process some 10 tonnes of industrial waste per hour or more than 7,000 tonnes per month. The facility processes solid waste from garment and footwear factories, as well as from other industrial sectors.
CMIC was registered in Cambodia in 2015 and is capitalised to the tune of $262 million.
Its website says it produces “advanced quality cements for the retail and industrial market, utilising high-performance, locally-sourced raw materials with world-class quality control and assurance standards”.
The plant is capable of producing more than 5,500 tonnes of high-quality cement per day.