Carib Cement partners with government stakeholders to address problem of used tyres at the Riverton Landfill
At Carib Cement, we believe that building a Greater Jamaica is more than a tag line. It is the reason more than 500 men and women come to work at our plant every day.
We believe that building a greater Jamaica for our Employees, Customers, Shareholders, Communities and the Country go hand in hand with building a sustainable and profitable company.
Today is another demonstration of our commitment to building a greater Jamaica.
Minister Vaz and I began dialogue on this issue over a year ago after one of the fires at Riverton. We immediately began to look for the best way to partner with the Country and become part of the solution.
Our team at Carib Cement looked at the possibility of using shredded tyres, but the high cost involved in the shredding process, and transportation made it unfeasible.
We then analyzed the possibility of using whole tyres, but this created other issues, such as: the cost of making adjustments to our kiln process, the significant initial investment in our facilities and the much higher operating costs associated with the burning of the tyres. However, we continued work on scenarios until we found a potentially viable one.
The approach we have settled on is not one that is economically profitable to us, however there is greater benefit in its potential to be a long term solution for disposing of tyres dumped at the Riverton Landfill. We have the capacity to help with this problem and the bottom line for us is that it is part of our social responsibility to assist.
Today, after more than one year of working with the GoJ on the planning stage, we are ready to move on to the execution stage. We are pleased to be here to cement our commitment, and to start an industrial trial which, if proven successful, will see Carib Cement significantly reducing tyres in Riverton landfill in about 5 years.
We are committed to the success of this project because it is good for the environment and the health and safety of Jamaicans. This partnership has the potential to be another example of joint solutions between government and private sector.
Our parent company CEMEX, is currently the worldwide leader in alternative fuels usage for cement production. Increasing alternative fuels is an essential piece of our long term sustainability strategy.
CEMEX’s strong commitment is to migrate to cleaner energy sources and to displace traditional fossil fuels like coal with low or even zero-carbon alternatives —such as municipal solid waste, tires, and biomass residues.
By this project, our Jamaica’s could be held up as an example, as are CEMEX operations in Poland, Latvia, Czech Republic or Germany, where successful partnerships resulted in the conversion of more than 900,000 tonnes of solid waste in 2017.
In 2017, globally 26.2 per cent of the fuels used by the CEMEX group was from alternative sources. Here in Jamaica, at Carib Cement we currently use around 4 per cent alternative fuel in our process. Our goal is to increase this number in the coming years.
I want to end by describing a little bit of the process. The tyres will be burnt in our kiln at 1,400 degrees Celsius. There is a huge difference for the environment when tyres are burned at 1,400 degrees in a kiln, than in an incinerator at 600 degrees. In an incinerator, it would produce toxic gases, but at 1,400 degrees in our kiln, it won’t; and the ashes will be incorporated within our process, just as fuels we use.
I want to thank our team at Carib Cement and our partners at the various agencies for getting us to this point. We will do our best to overcome any hurdle which presents itself along the way so that this can be an enduring solution for the people of Jamaica.
*Statement delivered on July 22 by Peter Donkersloot General Manager on the occasion of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development; Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and National Solid Waste Management Authority for the Pilot Project to dispose of used tyres.
Carib Cement demonstrates its commitment to foster relations with its stakeholders through investing in its Corporate Social Responsibility Programme. Over the years, we have implemented, contributed and assisted with numerous projects.
The company has always invested largely in Corporate Social Responsibility. “One of the many ways in which we have assisted persons from the community to get better opportunities is through training, which is paramount to our company. A significant training program was implemented when the kiln expansion program was commenced. This resulted in training of over 1000 persons from the community, in areas such as: steelwork; masonry; crane; and operations. The participants in this program received internationally recognized certification.
Caribbean Cement Company Limited believes in nation-building and continues to invest in and around surrounding communities through several programs. Our scholarship program assists children who would not have otherwise been able to afford their education. We have also invested in local schools, and have supports women’s entrepreneurship programs.
Caribbean Cement donates jogging trail to university community of Mona Heights
Caribbean Cement Company Limited has donated a jogging trail at the Mona Heights Park in St. Andrew. This was formally presented on October 27 at a ceremony during which Fayval Williams, Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Eastern and Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health participated.
Peter Donkersloot, General Manager of Carib Cement said: “We are happy to donate this jogging trail to the community and now officially hand this project over to you, to take care of it, maintain it and continue to make it a welcoming place for everyone to exercise and relax.”
The concrete jogging trail is 370 metres long and cost just under J$5mn. It was completed on time, within budget and accident free.
Present at the event were Parris Lyew-Ayee Snr, Chairman of Carib Cement and Andrew Bellamy, Councilor of the Mona Division.
According to the 2011 Census of Population & Housing – Jamaica, there are 1891 households in Mona Heights.
Carib Cement has over the past three years contributed $200 million dollars in community outreach initiatives, which have positively impacted more than 200,000 men, women, boys and girls across Jamaica.
Caribbean Cement Company Ltd has donated at 370-metre jogging trail at the cost of just under J$5million to the Mona Heights, St. Andrew community. Celebrating the hand over with the placement of the starting marker are from left, Peter Donkersloot, General Manager of Carib Cement; Dr Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health; Parris Lyew-Ayee, Chairman of Carib Cement and Fayval Williams, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Eastern, in which Mona Heights is located.
Parris Lyew-Ayee, (right) Chairman of Caribbean Cement Company Ltd helps with mixing cement to plant the final sign on the recently completed 370-metre jogging trail at the Mona Heights Park in St. Andrew on Saturday, October 27. From left are Andrew Bellamy, Councilor for the Mona Division; Fayval Williams, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Eastern; Winsome Johns-Gayle, president of the Mona Heights Citizens’ Association; Dr Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health; and Peter Donkersloot, General Manager of Carib Cement.
Recognizing Labour Day In A Meaningful Way.
A team of 40 persons was organized by Carib Cement to brighten up the Camperdown High School in commemoration of Labour Day. This included the painting of a wall built by Carib Cement, the planting of flowers and general maintenance of the school’s grounds. This will impact more than 3000 students that attend the institution as well as their parents and the staff.
The company joined Logos Hope and the Rotary Club of Kingston and Port Royal in this remarkable effort.
It’s all about Family!
Family members of Carib Cement employees were thrilled to participate in the inaugural Carib Cement and CEMEX Family Plant Tour that took place on July 8, 2017. It was a memorable day where the children were provided uniforms to replicate that of their parents which allowed them to envision their parents’ daily work life and have a greater appreciation of their jobs at Carib Cement. The concept was adopted from CEMEX to expose families to our place of work.
The tour began at Cement Mill 5 and the exciting journey continued along to Kiln 5 and then the hub of the plant – Central Control Room. The group learned about the importance of safety, the cement manufacturing process and the basic operations of the plant. The children were excited as they asked many questions about the plant and the requirements to work at Carib Cement. Feedback provided by one parent was that his child was proud and excited that he had the opportunity to sit in his chair and see what he does every day.
The tour culminated with a hand printing exercise on the Carib Cement/CEMEX Family Wall which serves as another reminder to all employees that we must return home safely.
Carib Cement Brings Concrete Solution to David’s Hill
On Friday, August 18, the company proudly opened 300m of concrete roadway in the David’s Hill Community. This Community is nestled in the Hills of the Blue Mountains and supplies one of Jamaica’s favorite exports – Blue Mountain Coffee, among other cash crops that feed Jamaica.
Carib’s Cements investment in the project included the cement and the expertise to construct the roadway in a challenging terrain, with gradients in excess of 30 degrees. Members of the community and Member of Parliament for the area, the Most Honorable Juliet Holness, expressed their heartfelt gratitude to Carib Cement. During Mrs. Holness’ expression of thanks, she used the opportunity to champion the concrete road solution, inviting influential persons to migrate to this durable option, especially for the rural roads in Jamaica.
Carib Cement is happy to have made this investment in infrastructure to facilitate agriculture and help the people of Jamaica. Carib Cement…Building a Greater Jamaica!
Carib Cement Invests in Sports
Once again, Carib Cement’s commitment to corporate social responsibility was highlighted with the inauguration of the newly refurbished and upgraded Donmair Sporting Complex last Thursday, August 17, by the Member of Parliament, Minister Karl Samuda, and General Manager Mr. Peter Donkersloot.
This community now boasts of having a world class facility as Carib’s investment resulted in the refurbishment of the football field, the netball/basketball court as well as repairs to the walls and fencing of the facility. The complex was also upgraded with viewing stands, bathrooms and a small office. As a result, the residents of the Common and Beverlydale communities are now well equipped to accommodate competing teams from other communities.
Members of the communities who were in attendance at the ceremony expressed their appreciation and gratitude by using the facilities as soon as the formalities were completed. Another sound investment by Carib Cement.
Carib Cement…Building a Greater Jamaica!
Painting at Camperdown High School
At the Camperdown High School, the Carib Cement team joined 100 volunteers to paint, clean up and improve the general aesthetics of the school buildings and grounds. Besides labour, Carib Cement’s contribution was donating cement and paints to beautify identified areas as well as the reading room and some classrooms. Over 2,000 students and staff benefited from this donation.
Cement donation following heavy rains
In June 2017, heavy rains devastated some parts of the island and CCCL assisted the rebuilding effort by donating 3,000 bags of cement to the Office of Disaster Preparedness. This donation was received by the Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness as well as a team of persons including Minister Granger, the Mayor of Kingston, the CEO of the KSAC and the Head of ODPEM Major Davis.
CCCL hands over Cooreville Gardens Community Centre
Over 200 residents from Cooreville Gardens recently came out to celebrate Carib Cement’s official hand-over of a community centre to the Member of Parliament for the area – Ambassador Anthony Hylton and the Cooreville Gardens Citizens’ Association.
Carib Cement has been a long-standing patron of the community and in its latest contribution, facilitated construction of the centre.
Carib Cement brings hope to Hope Pastures
Residents of Hope Pastures in Jamaica were thrilled about the rehabilitation of their Community Park by Carib Cement. The official hand-over ceremony took place on July 8, and was witnessed by over 150 persons who expressed their appreciation to the Carib Cement team.
The park was unused for several years, but thanks to this CSR initiative, the community now has access to a badminton court, kiddies play area, jogging trail, basketball court and an area specially designated for family fun and recreation.
The function was attended by member of Parliament, Minister Faval Williams, Councillor for the area, Mr. Andrew Bellamy as well as other notable residents.