Three years of the Ecopark in Toledo


  • 230,000 tonnes treated at the Ecopark in Toledo and at the Plant in Talavera de la Reina.
  • The big news in 2015 is the Bioliquids project, which will make it possible to convert waste into fuel similar to Bunker C fuel oil.

The Environmental Public Services Consortium of the Provincial Government of Toledo, through its GESMAT joint venture company – 60% of which is owned by Ferrovial Services –, provides updated data on its provision of services to municipalities in Toledo.

From the management report we know what waste was produced, what it cost, how it was collected, and how much of it was recovered.

  • Each person in Toldeo produced 406 kilograms of waste, with an annual management cost per resident of 35 euros.
  • The urban waste collection service was provided to 192 municipalities, including the recently added Fuensalida, in 2014.
  • Waste generated by 660,000 residents in 196 municipalities is treated.
  • Waste collection using the technical efficiency of side loading now extends to 81 municipalities with 475,000 inhabitants.
  • The recycling points in 44 towns are also managed.
  • The plants at the Ecopark in Toledo and at Talavera de la Reina treated 230,000 tonnes of urban waste, of which almost 33% of plastic, paper, cardboard, aluminum, bricks, bio-stabilized organic matter and SRF (solid recovered fuel) were recovered once processed in the different treatment facilities.

Waste management tasks in the province of Toledo employ 414 people, with a fleet of 221 vehicles traveling an average of 10,000 miles a day to collect waste.

The former controlled waste deposit is now sealed and continues to generate clean, sustainable energy in the form of biogas to generate electricity. Enough electricity is obtained to supply the annual consumption of 6,000 households in the province

Bioliquids Project

The Consortium has presented an ambitious project to allow a great volume of waste to be reused and converted into new energy source.
This is the Bioliquids Plant, currently under construction in the Ecopark in Toledo, which will be in operation in July this year.

This plant allows SRF (solid recovered fuel) to be transformed into a second generation bioliquid, similar to Bunker C fuel oil or diesel. A thermochemical method called flash pyrolysis is used, consisting in the chemical decomposition of different materials subjected to high temperatures in the absence of oxygen.

Thus, SRF, in the form of shredded paper, cardboard, wood and plastic waste, is converted into a second generation bioliquid similar to Bunker C fuel oil. This type of oil is suitable for use in domestic and industrial boilers. Three kilograms of waste (SRF) can produce a liter of crude biofuel.

The commissioning of this plant significantly reduces the amount of waste going to landfills and takes us closer to the target set for the Ecopark: minimizing the direct discharge to the controlled landfill.



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