Ferrovial Serviços, the Portuguese subsidiary of Ferrovial Services, is to manage a waste triage facility for LIPOR, the intermunicipal waste separation plant for the city of Oporto and environs, for the next five years.
Ferrovial Services to operate Lipor waste separation plant
Ferrovial Serviços, the Portuguese subsidiary of Ferrovial Services, has been awarded an 8 million euro contract to operate the LIPOR waste management entity for the next five years. The Ferrovial Services Centre of Excellence for Environment assisted with the bid by providing the technical solution. Under the contract, the company will receive and separate close to 10,000 tons of source-sorted waste per year from the municipalities that are members of LIPOR. This entity is in charge of management, reuse and treatment of municipal waste from eight municipalities: Espinho, Gondomar, Maia, Matosinhos, Oporto, Póvoa de Varzim, Valongo and Vila do Conde.
Waste treatment and reuse in Portugal
LIPOR’s waste treatment plant receives, separates and recovers materials from consumer-sorted municipal waste (i.e. from recycling centres, door-to-door collection and special circuits). The contract covers reception and separation of source-sorted waste from the eight municipalities, preparation of recoverable materials for the recycling, and maintenance of the facility. It also encompasses investing in the equipment needed to operate the service and enhancing the facility, basically in the area of energy efficiency.
LIPOR serves around 1 million people, representing a total of 500,000 tons of processed municipal waste per year. The triage facility is just one of LIPOR’s infrastructures. In 2016, Ferrovial Serviços was awarded the contract to operate the Lipor II landfill, located in the city of Maia in northern Portugal, through the CITRUP joint venture (owned 70% by Ferrovial Serviços and 30% by SUMA — Serviços Urbanos e Meio Ambiente S.A.).
Ferrovial Serviços provides municipal and industrial services, including waste treatment and management, and infrastructure and green area maintenance. Ferrovial Serviços is one of the largest privately-owned waste management companies in Portugal, providing a broad range of services to public- and private-sector clients in the municipalities of Planalto Beirão, Maia and Oeiras.