Camel Manure Fuels Cement Production in Middle East

The government would like to see more cement plants adopt the practice, as well as using chicken and industrial waste and sludge from water treatment.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer

Cement production in the northern United Arab Emirates is being fueled by thousands of tons of camel dung in a government-run plan to cut emissions and keep animal waste of out of landfill.  

After farmers in the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah drop off camel excrement at collection stations, it is then blended with coal to power the boiler at a large cement factory.

The company found that two tons of camel waste could replace one ton of coal.

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