The US Cement Industry recovers more energy from secondary materials than any other manufacturing sector. CKRC’s members alone use approximately 1.5 million tons of waste fuel every year. This preserves finite fossil fuel resources and reduces combustion emissions nationwide.
The Cement Kiln Recycling Coalition is a national trade association representing cement manufacturers in the U.S. that recycle the energy value in secondary materials by using or re-using them as fuel in kilns that produce portland cement. CKRC also represents companies that collect, process, manage, and market alternative fuels for use in cement kilns.
According to the Portland Cement Association (PCA), “U.S. cement manufacturers employ over 14,300 workers with an annual payroll of nearly $1-billion. When including related industries such as concrete, the number of employees grows to nearly 535,000 with an annual payroll of approximately $25 billion.” CKRC’s membership represents the operation of facilities, plants, and offices in almost every state in our country and employs approximately 7,000 workers whose jobs are associated with the process of beneficially recovering energy from alternative fuels in the manufacture of portland cement.
Cement kiln combustion systems are stringently regulated. Kiln operators have conducted extensive emissions testing to demonstrate compliance with USEPA regulations, and CKRC member companies have performed detailed multi-pathway, site-specific risk assessments that have proven the safety, sustainability, and efficacy of using secondary materials as fuel in cement kilns.