The circular economy is a concept that goes much beyond just recycling. It is a restorative and regenerative process where very few resources are used in the first place and they are used until the complete value is derived from them. Once the value is derived, the material is used for something else. Only when the material fully degrades, it is recycled into another form.
The circularity of materials is a priority for UltraTech in tackling the issue of overutilization of resources, the rising cost of natural raw material and disposal of waste generated from it. UltraTech has developed systems in its units where it is utilizing waste materials safely and efficiently in a circular economy fashion.
UltraTech uses municipal solid waste and other industrial waste as an alternative fuel in its kilns through co-processing. Dedicated teams are working constantly to procure such waste materials from Municipal Corporations. We have a scientific and efficient approach to the processing as below:
Some of the key advantages of using waste as a fuel are:
UltraTech is on a constant lookout for techniques to replace the natural limestone. UltraTech uses waste materials like fly ash, gypsum to replace naturally occurring limestone. We use around 16% of recycled material for making cement. The quantity of recycled material used has increased significantly over the last few years. Recently our R&D teams have patented the process of making cement from aluminium industry waste.
UltraTech focusses on using fewer natural resources across its value chain and promotes the same in the industry. We vehemently support a low-carbon economy where raw materials are consumed judiciously. In our operations, we follow a dual approach for efficient waste management.
First, we generate less waste by using raw materials judiciously so that the waste can be managed easily. Second, we substitute fossil fuels and raw materials with waste material generated not only from our plants but also from other industries which helps us to reduce our carbon footprint