Century Pacific, Shakey’s target to be ‘plastic-neutral’ by next year

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SHAKEY’S Pizza Asia Ventures, Inc. President Vicente L. Gregorio (L); Century Pacific Group President Christopher T. Po; Republic Cement Services, Inc. President Nabil Francis; Republic Cement and Building Materials, Inc. President Renato C. Sunico; and Republic Cement Services Vice-President for Manufacturing Martin Wills signed an agreement to co-process post-consumer plastic waste. — COMPANY HANDOUT

CENTURY PACIFIC Group (CPG) on Tuesday said two of its companies are aiming to become “plastic-neutral” by 2020.

This as Century Pacific Food (CNPF) and Shakey’s Pizza Asia Ventures, Inc. (SPAVI) signed an agreement to co-process post-consumer plastic waste in Republic Cement and Building Materials, Inc.’s cement kilns.

CPG President Christopher T. Po said the partnership with Republic Cement will allow the group to conduct its business in a more sustainable manner.

“Over the years, our companies have implemented various programs to help promote a greener Philippines. These include various recycling initiatives and attempts to reduce packaging waste. As we grow in number of products sold and restaurant outlets opened, we’ve also sought partners to help balance out our environmental effects. This now includes Republic Cement, and we look forward to working with them in this worthwhile endeavor,” Mr. Po was quoted as saying in a statement.

CNPF is the listed food company behind Century Tuna, Argentina, 555 and Birch Tree, while SPAVI operates popular pizza chain Shakey’s.

“We are happy to share this advocacy with the Century Pacific Group to promote and support responsible disposal of plastic packaging materials to reduce its harmful effects on the environment,” Republic Cement President Nabil Francis said.

Republic Cement will co-process non-specific, recovered post-consumer plastic materials at its kilns.

Co-processing is described as a method that “uses very high heat from cement manufacturing to destroy waste materials, and “recovering from them thermal and mineral properties which provide the energy needed to produce cement.” Co-processed waste does not leave any residue.

“This will allow both CNPF and PIZZA to be ‘plastic-neutral’ — offsetting the amount of plastic produced with an equivalent amount of post-consumer plastics to be used for co-processing by Republic Cement,” CPG said.

Republic Cement, a company led by CHR plc and the Aboitiz group, has five cement plants and one grinding station in the Philippines. It is licensed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to use and dispose of qualified waste streams through cement kiln co-processing.