Easier collection of recyclables in the Costa del Sol and Malaga

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Geesinknorba Spain has recently delivered six GPM III waste collection vehicles for the collection of paper, cardboard and plastic recyclables to the provinces of Costa del Sol and Malaga. Tim Byrne, specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries, explains what makes these vehicles unique in Spain.

The first delivery made by Geesinknorba Spain was to UTE FCC and Urbaser in the province of the Costa del Sol. 

This comprised two Geesinknorba GPM III KT2 23L25 waste collection vehicles of 23cu m capacity and are the first to be sold in Spain fitted with the Palfinger C70G Epsilon roof-mounted crane.

The refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) will be used to collect paper, cardboard and plastic recyclables from the municipalities of Benalmadena, Mijas, Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Marbella and Estepona. 

The RCVs have a large capacity 23cu m body which is ideal for collecting paper, cardboard and plastic recyclables. The larger size of the Geesinknorba GPM III unit has been achieved by using the roof-mounted crane that does not take up any space on the truck chassis behind the cab. 

By using the roof-mounted crane, an additional six cubic metre capacity space has been added to the chassis. Conventional stabilisers are fitted to the roof-mounted crane to aid stability when lifting paper, cardboard banks and igloo type containers of plastic waste. 

Another advantage of using the roof-mounted crane is that the GPM III KT2 body can be mounted much closer behind the cab of the chassis which improves axle loadings.

The two new GPM III KT2 waste collection vehicles operated by UTE FCC and Urbaser in the Costa del Sol empty paper, cardboard banks and also empty igloos containing PET, HDPE and Tetra Pak plastics arising from domestic and commercial premises. 

These were previously used to store cooking products as well as beverages. 

High compaction ratio

UTE FCC and Urbaser decided that it was more efficient to collect paper, cardboard and plastic recyclables with GPM III KT2 waste collection vehicles. 

This is because the GPM III waste collection vehicle has a high compaction ratio of 6:1 and will be able to deal with the high volumes of recyclables produced in the summer months from tourism.

The paper and cardboard banks, and igloo containers containing plastic recyclables, will be emptied by the new GPM III KT2 waste collection vehicles with its roof-mounted crane at communal collection points positioned along the streets in the municipalities of the Costa del Sol.

One GPM III KT2 is assigned to emptying the paper and cardboard banks and the other one is assigned to emptying the igloos containing plastic recyclables. This is to ensure there is no cross contamination between the recyclables and to maintain its quality before being sent for reprocessing.

GPM III KT2 units are also fitted with a GCB 1000 bin lift at the rear of the tailgate. 

In operation, the KT2 section of the hopper at the rear of the collection vehicle is lifted to empty containers of 80-1100 litres capacity. The GPM III KT2 unit, with its roof-mounted crane, is multi faceted and can empty paper and cardboard banks, igloo type containers while conventional 80-1100 litre containers can also be emptied using the GCB 1000 bin lift at the rear of the collection vehicle.

The new GPM III KT2 units built for UTE FCC and Urbaser for the Costa del Sol have been mounted on to a Renault Premium 340 DXI 6x2 rear steer chassis of 26 tonnes gross vehicle weight. The chassis features a day cab with seating for the driver and a passenger. 

Each collection vehicle collects one load of paper and cardboard and plastic recyclables on the day’s collection shift that is then delivered to the waste transfer station at Marbella. The recyclables are compressed into hermetically sealed roll-on-off containers for shipment to paper and cardboard and plastic reprocessors on the mainland. 

Delivery to Malaga

The second delivery of waste collection vehicles by Geesinknorba Spain was also to UTE FCC and Urbaser for the recycling collection service for the Province of Malaga.

Geesinknorba Spain has supplied four GPM III waste collection vehicles in two different specifications to fulfil the requirements that both UTE FCC and Urbaser and the province of Malaga have for this contract.

These vehicles will collect paper, cardboard and plastic recyclables from paper and cardboard banks and igloo type containers as well as 1100 litre containers in communal collection points throughout the province. 

The service specification of the province of Malaga contract is very similar to the two GPM III KT2 units being used in the Costa del Sol by UTE FCC and Urbaser. The paper and cardboard will be deposited into designated banks by residents and tourists while plastics, which consist of PET, HDPE and Tetra Pak from both domestic and commercial premises, will be placed in igloo or 1100 litre containers.

To provide the collection service for these, UTE FCC and Urbaser have purchased two Geesinknorba GPM III KT2 21L25 21 cubic metre units complete with a Palfinger C70G Epsilon roof-mounted crane. 

This is the second order Geesinknorba has received to supply their GPM III KT2 model with the roof-mounted crane from UTE FCC and Urbaser. 

This order was placed after the two previous GPM III KT2 waste collection vehicles, each with a roof-mounted crane, were commissioned by UTE FCC and Urbaser for the Costa del Sol.

The advantages of using the roof-mounted crane are the same to those supplied to UTE FCC and Urbaser in the Costa del Sol. 

Finally, a GPM III 21L25 21cu m capacity unit can be fitted to the chassis instead of an 18L25 18cu m unit which increases the capacity of the GPM III unit by three cubic metres which is perfect for collecting voluminous paper and cardboard and plastic waste.

Conventional stabilisers are fitted to the roof-mounted crane to aid stability when lifting paper and cardboard banks and igloo type containers full of plastic waste.

The GPM III KT2 units will empty paper, cardboard banks and igloo type containers containing plastic recyclables using the roof mounted crane and conventional 1100 litre containers positioned at communal collection points throughout Malaga. 

UTE FCC and Urbaser have also purchased two GPM III 22H25 waste collection vehicles for use in collecting recyclable plastics in Malaga. These units are fitted with a GCB 1000 bin lift that will be able to empty containers from 80-1100 litres capacity.

These two collection vehicles will be manned with a driver and two loaders who will position the 1100 litre containers at the rear of the collection vehicle to be emptied. 

These containers will also be positioned at communal collection points throughout Malaga where igloo type containers cannot be used for the collection of waste plastics.

The four GPM III waste collection vehicles supplied to Malaga will each collect one load of dry recyclables in their day’s collection shift. The recyclable materials will be delivered to a recycling facility operated by Urbaser in Antequera in Malaga. 

Once the recyclables are delivered, they will be baled and transported to reprocessors across mainland Spain. 

Smartpack

All the GPM III KT2 and GPM III collection vehicles fitted with GCB 1000 bin lift supplied to both UTE FCC and Urbaser in the Costa del Sol and Malaga feature the ‘Smartpack’ fuel saving system that helps to reduce the consumption of diesel by 20%.

The four new GPM III waste collection vehicles supplied to Malaga have also been mounted onto a Renault Premium 340 DXI 6x2 rear steer chassis of 26 tonnes gross vehicle weight and they have the same chassis specification as those in the Costa del Sol apart from the two units that have the GPM 22H25 and GCB 1000 bin lift because these have a dual passenger seat to accommodate two operatives instead of a single passenger seat.

All the waste collection vehicles are expected to deliver significant fuel savings while whole life costs are anticipated to be reduced for many years to come.


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