Revista Granito de Arena
Cementos Progreso has collaborated since 2018 with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN through Proverde, to clean up the Motagua River and give a proper treatment for the solid waste found in its waters. Up until today, over 353 tons have been co-processed as alternative fuels.
Floating solid waste represents one of the main problems for biodiversity and the environment in the Motagua River, the largest in the country. With 486 kilometers long, it runs through 14 of the 22 departments of Guatemala and its waters flow into the border area with Honduras.
The alliance between Cementos Progreso (Proverde) and MARN has made it possible to carry out an orderly and strategic process of extracting waste, in order to also convert it into alternative fuels that can be used in cement kilns as an implementation of the Circular Economy concept.
To date, this inter-institutional alliance has allowed the extraction, classification and co-processing of 353.16 tons of waste. The personnel from MARN extracts the waste from the river, classify it, and dries it using solar radiation, it is then compacted through hydraulic equipment that Proverde provides.
Once the waste is classified and compacted, it is sent to the San Miguel plant, where it is co-processed. This practice is done once a week.
The situation of the Motagua River is one of the most complex in the country due to its importance at a social and economic level, while it has high levels of contamination with solid waste. It is estimated that at least eight million people in the country depend on the water resource in its basin.
The cooperation agreement signed in 2017 by both institutions and launched a year later, has allowed innovative processes in the management of solid waste in the country.
«With the implementation of this cooperation agreement, we have implemented innovative processes in the management of classified solid waste, in addition to efficient and responsible solutions for their elimination.» said Carlos Roberto Escobar, Manager of Proverde.
With these efforts, Progreso reaffirms its commitment to improve the country’s environmental conditions.
In addition, Proverde has received from the international organization 4Ocean, a total of 170.81 tons of waste that they have removed from the river with their resources and technology. This project -located at the mouth of the Motagua River-, takes the waste to
Proverde’s alternative fuel preparation plant for co-processing at the San Miguel Plant.