Tenerife municipality opts for soundproofed RCVs

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The largest island of the seven Canary Islands, Tenerife hosts around five million tourists which generates a significant amount of waste. Tim Byrne, a specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries, looks at how the authorities deal with its waste collection challenge.

Geesinknorba is a European waste collection vehicle manufacturer whose Spanish division Geesinknorba Spain has recently delivered five Geesinknorba GPM III waste collection vehicles to Urbaser; the second largest private sector waste collection and waste treatment contractor in Spain.

The new units include the GPM III 15H25 model of 15m3. Each of tahe five new vehicles feature the Geesinknorba GCB 1000 bin lift which can handle emptying containers from 80 to 1100 litres capacity DIN type.

All these vehicles have been soundproofed to provide minimum disruption to residents and tourists when collecting waste at night and in the early hours of the morning. 

They have been fitted with high visibility flashing beacons and high visibility working lights to provide safety for crew, pedestrians and other vehicles when collecting waste at night and early morning. The new equipment also features the Smartpack system which gives fuel savings of up to 20% when in operation. This system also helps to reduce noise and emissions which is an important factor when collecting waste on an island heavily populated by residents and tourists.

The new equipment has been mounted on to a Mercedes Axor 1833 two axle 4x2 chassis of 18,000 kgs gross vehicle weight. 

The chassis features a 330 horse power engine of Euro Five specification and an eight speed manual transmission. 

All the Mercedes Axor chassis feature a day cab which can accommodate a driver and up to two crew personnel. 

Full operator training was provided for management, operatives and maintenance staff at Urbaser regarding the safe use and maintenance of the GPM III equipment. 

Training relevant to the safe operation of the unit’s compaction equipment, bin lifting equipment and the raising of the tailgate and load discharge was provided to operatives while the use of the equipment’s Eurovim canbus and hydraulic systems were provided to maintenance personal at Urbaser.

Urbaser has purchased the new vehicles for the municipalities of Mancommunidad Del North de Tenerife which consists of five towns and villages such as Tacoronte, El Sauzal, La Matanza de Acentejo, La Victoria de Acentejo and Santa Ursula. 

Urbaser has operated the waste collection service for these municipalities in the North of Tenerife for a number of years. 

The waste collection service is provided through two shifts, one at night and the other in the morning. Urbaser operates 15 waste collection vehicles in a variety of capacities from 15 to 22m3 to provide the waste collection service for Mancommunidad Del North de Tenerife. All Urbaser’s vehicles in the North of Tenerife feature a bin lift to facilitate the emptying of containers from 80-1100 litres capacity DIN type. 

The waste is collected in containers of 800 litres capacity, positioned at communal collection points along the streets, and emptied by a driver and two personal. 

The collection service is provided six days a week with no collection taking place on a Sunday. Once the waste has been collected, it is delivered to the waste transfer plant of La Orotava near Puerto de la Cruz except on Saturdays the waste is delivered to the waste transfer plant at El Rosario near to Santa Cruz. 

In the week, each collection vehicle collects one load of waste from the municipalities of Mancommunidad Del North de Tenerife but on Monday night they collect two loads. 

This is due to the additional increase in waste because of a lack of a Sunday service. The waste is discharged into static compactors at La Orotava and El Rosario waste transfer stations where it is compressed into hermetically sealed roll on off containers, then transported by roll on off vehicles to the waste treatment plant situated at Arico which treats and processes all waste produced in Tenerife.

The five new GPM III waste collection vehicles purchased by Urbaser for the municipalities of the North of Tenerife are expected to provide an efficient and quiet waste collection service for residents and tourists.  

Whole life costs of the equipment are also anticipated to be reduced during the course of their working life, contributing to better fuel savings and adding to a longer working life of the equipment.

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