Cement firms to burn meat and bone meal

Castle Cement has received Environment Agency go-ahead for a trial burn of meat and bone meal (MBM) at its Ribblesdale works in Lancashire. Lafarge Cement, meanwhile, is close to getting approval for a similar trial at Aberthaw in south Wales.

Castle is to start its six-month trial in March 2005. It will use MBM to provide up to 50% of the fuel needs of Ribblesdale's most modern kiln. This equates to around 34,000 tonnes of MBM a year.

In May, Castle was given permission to use tyres to meet 25% of the same kiln's fuel needs (ENDS Report 352, p 16 ).

Lafarge Cement is looking to undertake a six-month trial burn of MBM at its Aberthaw works. The Agency is carrying out the final stages of public consultation over the proposal, and may give the go-ahead in November.

Lafarge hopes to start the trial next year, using MBM to replace 30% of the fuel mix - equal to over 20,000 tonnes of MBM annually.

The British Cement Association estimates that 140,000 tonnes of MBM will be burned in cement kilns by 2007 (ENDS Report 353, pp 18-19 ).

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