Lanzarote tourist spot gets new fleet of RCVs

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The popular tourist area of Tias in Lanzarote is set to enjoy more efficient waste collection with the recent delivery of new refuse collection vehicles. Tim Byrne reports.

In 2013, the municipality of Tias in Lanzarote awarded a 10-year contract to Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC), the Spanish-based environmental services contractor. This included waste collection, street and beach cleaning services, the washing of empty waste containers, the management of parks and gardens and the internal cleaning of council buildings as one contract which started in May 2013. The contract has an option to be extended for another five years.

Tias is home to the largest tourist resort on the island: Puerto Del Carmen, which receives tourists from the UK, Germany, Holland, Sweden, as well as Eastern Europe all year round. The collection of waste is, therefore, a very important task because of the hot climate combined with large quantities of waste being produced by hotels, bars, restaurants etc in this tourist resort.

New fleet

In order to provide an efficient waste collection service, FCC has purchased a new fleet of waste collection and transfer equipment to provide a sustainable waste collection system. FCC has invested in two Geesinknorba N Series N2 10L25 10 cubic metre capacity waste collection vehicles with the Geesinknorba L200 bin lift. This bin lift can empty DIN type containers from 80-1100 litres capacity.

The Geesinknorba N Series N2 10L25 10 cubic metre units will empty 800 and 1000 litre containers used in the hotels at Puerto del Carmen as well as the villages on the hill side of Tias; Masdache, La Asomada, Mácher, Conil and Tegoyo. FCC chose to purchase the Geesinknorba N Series N2 10L25 10 cubic metre units for their high compaction ratio of 6.1 and for delivery of a healthy seven tonnes and 340 kilogram payload. These N Series units use the Smartpack system which helps to reduce fuel consumption by 20% by sensing how much hydraulic oil is required when lifting full containers of waste. 

It also senses how much hydraulic oil is required for compacting the containers’ contents after the lift has discharged the waste into the hopper of the Norba unit.

The Geesinknorba N Series N2 10L25 10 cubic metre units are mounted on to a Scania P230 Series 4x2 two axle chassis of 18 tonnes gross vehicle weight. The chassis features a standard vertical exhaust, as well as a manual transmission and a day cab to accommodate a driver and two collection personal. To help to reduce fuel consumption, an air deflector kit has been fitted to the roof of the cab.

Height of the tourist season

One of the Norba N Series 10L25 10 cubic metre units is in daily use while the second is used in the height of the tourist season when waste volumes are higher. The second vehicle is also used when the sister vehicle is being serviced.

With the aim of helping to improve safety, FCC has supplied safety helmets to the two waste collection operatives who ride on the rear footboards of the new Geesinknorba N Series rear loading waste collection vehicles. 

This is to provide protection to the collection crew if they fall from the rear footboards of the collection vehicle while the collection vehicle is moving from one collection point to the other. When travelling on fast roads and bypasses, the collection crew always ride inside the cab.

Bespoke vehicles

The Norba N Series 10L25 10 cubic metre units with L200 bin lift were specially built for FCC by Geesinknorba Spain for the Tias contract. Their compact dimensions make the vehicles very manoeuvrable when reversing in streets to access the hotels’ communal collection points for emptying their 800 and 1000 litre containers. 

These two Norba N Series units purchased by FCC from Geesinknorba Spain are the first of their kind sold in Spain of 10 cubic metres capacity mounted on to a Scania P230 4x2 18 tonne chassis.

FCC has also introduced the use of 3200 litre side loader containers in the municipality. 

The introduction of this system has replaced the former 800 and 1000 litre containers used for municipal and tourist waste in communal collection points in Tias, as well as the villages of Mácher, La Asomada, Masdache, Conil and Tegoyo. 

The use of the side loader collection system is reported to be more cost efficient as it is faster in comparison to the conventional rear loader collection system previously used. 

It is also less labour intensive as it only requires a driver to operate the side loader collection equipment compared to a rear loader which requires a driver and two collection operatives to position the containers at the rear of the collection vehicle for emptying, before they are re-positioned at the communal collection point. 

Extra touches

Because Lanzarote is a windy island, FCC has constructed steel fencing around the 3200 litre containers in communal collection points on open stretches of road in Tias. This is to prevent the containers being blown over by strong winds. FCC has also laid new floor slabs at the communal collection points. New floor slabs have also been laid at communal collection points in the villages where 800 and 1000 litre containers are still used.

To provide the collection service, FCC has purchased four AMS CL1-N side loaders with 25 cubic metres capacity. These have been mounted on to Scania P320 Series 6x2 rear steer chassis of 26 tonnes gross vehicle weight. The chassis also features an air deflector kit to reduce fuel consumption. The AMS CL1-N side loader holds a net payload of 10 tonnes and seven hundred kilograms when fully loaded.

To help provide a more efficient waste collection service to the hotels and the surrounding neighbourhood in Puerto Del Carmen, FCC has purchased 28 Kiggen portable compactors from Geesinknorba Spain. These comprise seven Kiggen PD729 14 cubic metre capacity units and 21 PD731 units of 25 cubic metres capacity. 

FCC will assess the best places in the neighbourhood of Puerto Del Carmen for the Kiggen compactors to be placed where they will be efficient and effective in providing a waste collection system for the hotels - subject to the width of the streets.

The compactors are replacing the 800 and 1000 litre containers currently used by FCC to collect waste from the hotels in Puerto Del Carmen. Once these compactors have been fully mobilised, the two Scania P230 Series two axle Geesinknorba N Series N2 10L25 rear loaders, with Geesinknorba L200 bin lift, will only be used to collect waste from 800 and 1000 litre containers in the villages in the hills, for example, Masdache, La Asomada, Mácher, Conil and Tegoyo. Only one of these collection vehicles will be needed to provide this service while the sister vehicle will be kept as a spare to be used when the other collection vehicle is in for service.

FCC is also building a new purpose-built office and depot to house their new fleet and purpose built work shop facilities to maintain all the new collection vehicles and Kiggen portable compactors purchased for the Tias contract. 

This, combined with the introduction of the Kiggen PD729 and PD731 portable compactors in the tourist resort of Puerto Del Carmen is expected to help FCC provide a sustainable and labour efficient waste collection and transfer system for the municipality of Tias for many years to come. 

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