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Insee Ecocycle opens pyrolysis plant  – The Morning

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Insee Ecocycle has inaugurated a state-of-the-art pyrolysis plant at its Puttalam Cement Plant, to convert industrial waste into valuable resources, thus supporting a circular economy. The newly opened, fully-capable pyrolysis plant, which is equipped with cutting-edge technologies, marks an important milestone in Insee Ecocycle’s sustainable waste management journey, as it provides a total waste management solution based on resource recovery from rubber and plastic waste originating from a wide range of industries. In addition to this newly established pyrolysis plant, Insee Ecocycle also provides sustainable, environmentally-friendly solutions to public and private institutions, particularly with regard to the management of industrial hazardous waste, non-hazardous waste, the disposal of brand sensitive material and more. 

Insee Ecocycle’s new pyrolysis plant was inaugurated at a special ceremony held recently, where the Ministry of Industries Secretary Gen. Daya Rathnayake graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Other notable dignitaries present at the event included, Board of Investment of Sri Lanka Executive Director (All Zones) M.K.D. Lawrance, Provincial Environmental Authority (North Western Province) Director Saman Kumara, Central Environment Authority North Western Provincial Office Director N.G. Senavirathna, Puttalam District Divisional Secretary Rangana Jayathilake, Central Environment Authority Puttalam District Office Assistant Director D.M.K. Dissanayake, Puttalam Deputy Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nimal Perera, Insee Cement Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nandana Ekanayake, and Insee Ecocycle Director Sanjeewa Chulakumara. Members of the EXCO team and the senior management team of Insee Cement were also present at the ceremony. 

Speaking about the new pyrolysis plant, Insee Cement Chairman/CEO Nandana Ekanayake stated: “As the market leader in the construction industry, having the only fully-integrated cement plant in the country and producing Sri Lanka’s most popular cement brands – Sanstha and Mahaweli Marine – Insee Cement has always worked to support and find solutions for the national waste management issue, as a responsible corporate citizen. This new state-of-the-art facility will be able to handle rubber and plastic waste, adding another service to Insee Ecocycle’s present portfolio of services. Insee will continue to invest in sustainable waste management solutions to effectively address the nation’s waste problem. Insee Ecocycle exemplifies commitment and leadership in offering sustainable waste management solutions to businesses and can assist corporates in meeting their sustainability goals through proven expertise, skilled resources, technical know-how and professional services.” 

Pyrolysis is the thermal decomposition of carbonaceous material in the absence of oxygen, and the pyrolysis process is becoming more appealing due to its greater flexibility in producing a mixture of solid, liquid, and gaseous products in various proportions by varying the operating temperature and heating rate, providing a 100 percent resource recovery-based solution for rubber and plastic waste. 

Insee Ecocycle Director Sanjeewa Chulakumara explained further saying: “We are the only sustainable waste management solutions provider in Sri Lanka, with over two decades of experience in the industry. Thus, we are proud to add pyrolysis to Insee Ecocycle’s portfolio of sustainable waste management services, catering particularly to rubber and plastic waste. Pyrolysis is a circular economy-based resource recovery solution that produces pyrolysis oil and carbon black as the primary resources. This is a significant milestone for Ecocycle, and with this state-of-the-art facility, we have expanded our portfolio of waste management solutions to help our valuable customers achieve their sustainability goals.” 

Over the last two decades, Insee Ecocycle has assisted over 1,000 organisations in the country, including government institutions, MNCs, local conglomerates, and BOI companies, to responsibly dispose approximately 1,000,000 MT of industrial waste annually in a sustainable manner, with the common goal of protecting the environment and contributing to a cleaner and greener country.

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