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Waste in Spain takes bespoke route

Waste operators Juan y Juan, Calvia 2000, Urbaser and Fobesa, operating in Barcelona, Mallorca, Valencia and Castellon respectively, have all been choosing Geesinknorba equipment for their fleets. Why? While the cost may be higher than vehicles offered by competitors, the ‘whole life’ costs offered by Geesinknorba are significantly better, with the equipment lasting for the duration of a contract as well as any possible extensions, an important factor when budgets are tight. Other factors include its tailor-made rather than off the shelf solutions and reduced noise and increased fuel efficiency available using its Smartpack system. The manufacturer has also soundproofed its waste collection bodywork, so that collection companies can provide services at night.

What vehicles have its Spanish customers been buying and why? Geesinknorba’s MF300 series split fraction vehicles have been one choice. These are suitable for dual stream waste collections, such as residual, pre-segregated or commingled recyclables. The split fraction is available in 11 – 24 cubic metres and suits all European chassis of two, three and four axle configurations. The body and tailgate are available in a wide variety of split fractions, ideal for collecting different waste streams. The equipment can be supplied in open back form, or fitted with the Geesinknorba L200 manual lift or the Geesinknorba L500 manual / automatic bin lift which can lift containers from 80 – 1100 litres. When also using the Smartpack system, fuel efficiency is increased by 20% as well as helping noise and emissions reductions.

Customers purchasing the MF300 series split fraction waste collectors can also specify the fitment of the Geesinknorba MF50 pod, available in 2.7m3 - 6m3 capacities. The pod is watertight for collecting food waste or other abrasive materials, for example, glass. It comes fitted with a bin lift which can handle containers from 80 – 360 litre capacities. It increases the number of waste materials that can be collected on one collection vehicle, reducing labour costs and emissions.

Geesinknorba Spain has also supplied many AMS CL1 - N side loaders, available in capacities from 13 – 32 cubic metres. The equipment is suitable for mounting onto all European chassis of two, three and four axle configurations. Their lifting equipment is capable of lifting containers from 660 – 3200 litres capacity. This product is strong and durable and can collect a wide variety of waste streams, such as, residual waste, paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, steel and aluminium and food waste. The compaction pressure can be varied for either food waste, reducing the excess production of leachates, and glass, maintaining its quality for recycling.

The AMS CL1 – N side loader range only requires a driver, thus reducing labour costs.  The electronics are CANBUS controlled so any minor operational problems can be identified easily and the in cab control panel also links to a GIS system, so the collection route driven can be reproduced for another driver covering holidays or sickness.

Case Study: Private Contractor Juan y Juan – The districts of Vacarisse, Viladecavalls, Esparraguera, Matadepera, Sallent – Barcelona

Geesinknorba Spain has had a very good relationship with private contractor Juan y Juan for the last two decades and supplied a wide variety of waste collection vehicles. To date, its fleet of 12-15 waste collection vehicles is 100% Geesinknorba.

In recent times, Juan y Juan became the first operator in Spain to purchase several of the Geesinknorba MF300 Series combined with the Geesinknorba MF50 pod for use in the municipality of Matadepera. The MF300 Series waste collector has a 13 cubic metres capacity with a split fraction of 8.4 cubic metres and 4.3 cubic metres. The new waste collection vehicles are fitted with the Geesinknorba L200 bin lift capable of emptying containers from 80 – 1100 litres capacity. They are also fitted with the MF50 pod of three cubic metres capacity and a side-mounted bin lift capable of handling containers from 80-360 litres capacity and have been mounted onto Renault Premium 310.26 three axle chassis (6x2 rear steer configuration). This features a 310 horsepower engine and the Renault day cab with room for a driver and two operatives with the Allison 3200 series automatic transmission to reduce driver fatigue.

These vehicles will be used to collect a wide variety of wastes, for example, residual fraction, and segregated recyclables including paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminium and steel cans. The MF50 pod will be used to collect recyclable glass. The benefits of using the Geesinknorba MF300 split fraction waste collector with the MF50 pod, are to help Spain comply with ‘The Waste Act’ which has been transposed into its National legislation from the European Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) in respect to collecting source segregated recyclables.

Case Study: Private Contractor Urbaser SA in the District of Tierra del Vino – Valencia

Urbaser SA recently purchased its first two AMS CL1 – N side loaders of 25 cubic metres capacity from Geesinknorba Spain to service the District of Tierra del Vino in Valencia.

The side loaders are mounted on Mercedes Axor 2533L three axle chassis of 6x2 rear steer configuration. The decision was based on a rigorous testing exercise in the field and within other waste collection contracts which Urbaser provides to Spanish municipalities. From these tests, Urbaser identified that the AMS was not only the most durable side loader product currently available on the Spanish waste collection market but it returned increased whole life costs over the service life of the equipment. The vehicles feature a 330 horse power engine with the first Mercedes Axor chassis sold in Spain featuring the Allison 3200R automatic transmission complete with retarder. The advantage of this is that it acts as a cover when the driver uses the vehicle braking system. This reduces service wear to the vehicle’s braking system increasing brake life thus provides an efficient waste collection service all year round.

The Mercedes Axor AMS side loaders are also fitted with a weighing system and GIS tracking system by specialists Distromel Ingenieria De Sistemas, to help Urbaser achieve the best legal payloads. Urbaser management will also be able to locate the collection vehicle quickly and reproduce a GIS map of its collection route through the vehicles GIS and tracking system fitted by Distromel.

Case Study: Public Company Fobesa – Castellon

Fobesa is the public company in Castellon responsible for waste collection, street and beach cleaning services in this busy resort. In addition it provides waste collection and street cleaning services to an additional 50 towns in the province of Castellon as well as in the towns and cities of Teruel, Alicante and Albacete.

In the last few years, Fobesa has been purchasing the AMS CL1- N side loader of 25 cubic metres capacity, mounted onto an Iveco Stralis three axle chassis of 6x2 rear steer configuration. The chassis feature a 310 horse power engine and Allison 3200 series automatic transmission.

These will collect residual waste and dry recyclables from containers of 3200 litres capacity in Castellon and the other communities and municipalities where Fobesa provides waste collection services.

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