The new service was commissioned at the beginning of November and includes total replacement of the vehicle and machinery pool, with an investment of close to two million Euros for a fleet of 20 vehicles. Presentation of the new contract was carried out by José María Gorroño, Mayor of Gerniko-Lumo, and María Uribe, Town Councillor for the Environment.
Improvements provided by Ferrovial Services include new electric vehicles and machines for both the street cleaning and waste collection teams. These will reduce the impact of atmospheric and noise pollution, thus greatly increasing the sustainability of the service and providing direct benefits for area residents.
Moreover, new services aimed at increasing recycling rates will be introduced through selective waste collection, with a recycling rate target in the near future of close to 50%.
Another significant component of the new contract will be the management of a recycling point for small and medium enterprises within the municipality. The waste received at this recycling point will be separated and classified, thus providing a pioneering service in this Basque province.
Ferrovial Services in the Basque Country
Ferrovial Services has been responsible for street cleaning and solid waste collection in the Gernika-Lumo municipality for the last 38 years. It also provides these services in other municipalities in the Basque Country such as Getxo, Barakaldo, Portugalete and Basauri.
The company has other significant contracts in the region, amongst them the facility management of the Michelin (in Vitoria and Lasarte) and the Mercedes Benz (in Álava) plants, energy services for Bilbao Kirolak, management of Alava’s biocomposting plant, and the centre for environmental management in Barakaldo.