INSEE Ecocycle opens a cutting-edge Pyrolysis Plant to convert industrial waste into valuable resources that will contribute to the Circular Economy

March 10, 2022

INSEE Ecocycle, Sri Lanka’s pioneer in industrial waste management, 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 General Daya Rathnayake secretary to the Ministry of Industries, graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Other notable dignitaries present at the event included, M.K.D.Lawrance, Executive Director (All Zones) of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, Saman Kumara, Director of the Provincial Environmental Authority of North Western Province, N.G. Senavirathna , Director of North western Provincial Office of Central Environment Authority, Rangana Jayathilake, Divisional Secretary Puttalam , D M K Dissanayake , Assistant Director of Puttalam District Office of Central Environment Authority, Nimal Perera,  Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) of Puttalam , Nandana Ekanayake, Chairman/CEO of INSEE Cement, Sanjeewa Chulakumara, Director of INSEE Ecocycle. 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, Chairman/CEO at INSEE Cement, Nandana Ekanayake said, “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

A wide range of tests and equipment to assess fresh and hardened concrete properties

  • Specified Tests for Self-Compacting Concrete
    • Flow Table Test – BS EN 12350-5:2019
    • J-Ring Test – BS EN 12350-12:2010
    • V Funnel – BS EN 12350-09:2010
    • L Box – EN 12350
  • Slump test – BS EN 12350-2 and ASTM C143
  • Density of fresh concrete – ASTM C138
  • Air content in fresh concrete – ASTM 231
  • Concrete bleeding – ASTM 232
  • Concrete setting time – ASTM C403
  • Compressive Strength up to 180 MPa – Testing Machines (3000 & 4000KN) – Double the existing strength standards in Sri Lanka
  • NDT for Compressive Strength up to 130 MPa – Impact Rebound Hammers – Double the existing equipment capacity in Sri Lanka
  • Flexural Strength – ASTM C78 / BS EN 12390-5-2019
  • Splitting Resistance – ASTM C-496 / EN 12390-6 / EN 1338
  • Concrete Specimen Grinding Machine – BS EN 12390-2 2019/ ASTM D4543

A wide range of tests and equipment to assess and ensure your aggregate grade meets the demand and requirement of your concrete.

  • INSEE Measurement Tools
    • INSEE Blue™ – Assess clay content as key quality indicator for manufactured and natural pit sand
    • INSEE Shape™ – Assess the grain shape particles as key quality indicator for manufactured sand
  • Coarse and fine aggregate particles size distribution – ASTM C136 / C136M – 19 & BS EN 933-1
  • Relative Density and Absorption of Coarse Aggregates – ASTM C127-12
  • Aggregate Impact Value (AIV) – BS EN 1097-2:2010
  • Flakiness Index & Elongation Index – BS EN 933-3:2012
  • Soundness Test of Aggregates – SN EN 206-1
  • Aggregate Crushing Value (ACV)- BS EN 1097-2:2010
  • Los Angeles Abrasion Test – ASTM C 131-06

A range of tests to assess properties of fresh concrete that go beyond the traditional ‘slump test’, improving the quality and consistency of concrete.

  • INSEE Measurement Tools
    • INSEE Flow™
    • INSEE Heat™
    • INSEE Color™
    • INSEE ConTemp™
  • ICAR Rheometer for paste, mortar & concrete toassess pumpability, flow resistance, thickness, slump retention, admixtures compatibility
  • Grout for Pre-Stressing Tendons – BS EN 445 2007
  • Electrical Conductivity for paste & mortar
  • Cementometer™ latest microwave technology for the determination of fresh concrete water to cement w/c ratio

Advanced testing with durability indicators to optimize structural performance and extend the service life of concrete structures exposed to severe environments.

  • Rapid Chloride Permeability Test - ASTM C1202
  • Bulk Electrical Conductivity of Hardened Concrete - ASTM C1760-12
  • Specific Resistivity - RILEM TC154 - AASHTO T358
  • Concrete Carbonation - Swiss SIA 262-1/1 CEN/TS 12390-12
  • O2 Permeability - RILEM 116-PCD CEMBUREAU Method
  • Capillary Water Absorption/ Sorptivity - Swiss SIA 262/1:2013 ASTM C1585-04
  • Initial Surface Absorption (ISAT) - BS 1881 Part 5
  • Water Permeability - EN 12390-8:2000
  • Concrete Sulphate Resistance - SIA 262-1/A