Urbaser commission five new RCVs in Northern Tenerife

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Urbaser, Spain’s second largest waste management contractor, has recently commissioned five new Geesinknorba GPM III waste collection vehicles in Northern Tenerife, writes Tim Byrne, specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries.

 

Urbaser, Spain’s second largest waste management contractor, has recently commissioned five new Geesinknorba GPM III waste collection vehicles in Northern Tenerife.

The equipment was supplied by Geesinknorba’s Spanish subsidiary Geesinknorba Spain.

The new units feature the standard wide GPM III 15H25 model of 15 cubic metres capacity. These new waste collection vehicles reportedly have the capability to compress seven to eight tonnes of mixed municipal and commercial waste. Each of the five new vehicles feature the Geesinknorba GCB 1000 bin lift which can handle emptying containers from 80-1100 litres capacity DIN type.

To enable the new collection vehicles to work at night, the new equipment has been soundproofed to provide minimum disruption to residents and tourists. The vehicles have been equipped with high visibility flashing beacons with the aim the collection vehicles will be highly visible to traffic and pedestrians. In addition to this, the equipment has been fitted with high visibility working lights to provide a safe working area for the collection crew while collecting waste at night.

The new equipment also features the Smartpack system which is said to give fuel savings of up to 20% when in operation. According to Geesinknorba, 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.

All the new equipment has been mounted onto a Mercedes Axor 1833 two axle 4x2 chassis of 18,000kgs gross vehicle weight. The chassis features a 330 horse power engine of Euro Five specification complete with vertical exhaust 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.

The new collection vehicles were handed over to the management of Urbaser at their depot in the town of La Laguna.

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

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 22 cubic metres 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 produced by domestic and commercial premises 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 when 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 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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