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Lafarge Canada tests recycled cement production at Nova Scotia plant

May 23, 2024  By Rock to Road Staff

(Photo credit: Lafarge Canada)

BROOKFIELD, NS – A pilot project is complete at Lafarge Canada’s Brookfield Cement Plant in Nova Scotia, where the company, in collaboration with Geocycle Canada, is testing a new recycled cement solution.

The pilot project saw the Brookfield Cement Plant produce high-quality clinker, the primary ingredient in cement and the active ingredient in concrete, comprised of recycled minerals recovered from waste resources.

This project, the first-ever recycled clinker project in North America, aims to reduce CO2 levels by up to 60 per cent per ton of clinker. Clinker production occurred successfully in February, with the output set to be used in cement production this spring for further testing and development.

The tested production method substitutes virgin raw materials with lower-carbon options from waste resources, and employs fuels from otherwise landfill-bound materials. To produce completely recycled materials, Geocycle Canada collaborated with waste and by-product generators in Nova Scotia.


“Our teams have been tirelessly working towards finding solutions to decarbonize our business in Canada,” said David Redfern, president and CEO of Lafarge Canada (East). “This new recycled minerals clinker combines operational excellence with circular construction, building new and green from what is considered old and waste. This is a great example of how far we can go – the local team at Brookfield is certainly setting the tone for the industry in Canada.”

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