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FCC inaugurates the Dallas Materials Recycling Facility

29/03/2017

FCC inaugurates the Dallas Materials Recycling Facility

  • The new plant is considered one of the most modern and efficient of its kind currently operating in the US
  • FCC will manage the facility for 15 years with a possible extension of 10 more years
FCC inaugurates the Dallas Materials Recycling Facility

FCC has officially inaugurated Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) on the city of Dallas, Texas. The event was attended by the Mayor of Dallas, Mike Rawlings, as well as representatives from municipal authorities. FCC was represented by Aurelio Blasco, Managing Director of FCC Ámbito, and Íñigo Sanz, CEO of FCC Environmental Services. The inauguration included a visit to the recycling facility where the delegation saw it in full operation.

The state-of-the-art plant was built and financed by FCC Environmental Services, the US subsidiary of FCC Group. It will be managed by the company for 15 years with a possible extension of 10 years.

The Dallas MRF will process and return to the market all recyclable materials from the city. The facilities are already also receiving recyclable materials from other cities in Texas such as Garland, Mesquite and University Park.

The Managing Director of FCC Group, Carlos M Jarque, congratulated the entire team involved in the plant’s construction. He thanked them for their efforts in making the project possible within the planned schedule. Jarque also stated that “the experts have classified this facility as one of the most modern and efficient currently operating in the USA.”

It will process some 75,000 tonnes in 2017 and has a total treatment capacity of 140,000 tonnes a year. Thousands of tonnes of glass, plastic, metal, paper and cardboard will return to the market in the thanks to this new facility.

The plant’s turnover is approximately €290 million ($300 million) over its service life. The facility has the latest technologies for separation and sorting including artificial vision as well as optical and gravimetric separation machines. All the materials collected in a single recycling bin will be separated into various categories.

FCC has also built an education centre on the site. This is designed to help Dallas City Council meet its environmental objectives through the training and education of children and adults in best practices for sustainability and recycling.

The recycling plant covers some 5,400 m2 while the offices building covers 840 m2 and the workshop, some 300 m2. With these, the total area of the facilities is 5.3 hectares, the equivalent of eight football fields.

About FCC

FCC Group is the leading provider of services to citizens. The company’s Environment Area has provided municipal services for more than 100 years and has based its success on a commitment to innovation and in helping municipalities to be more intelligent, more sustainable and more socially responsible. It currently provides services for more than 59 million persons in 13 countries and processes nearly 24 million tonnes of waste in a network of 250 recovery and recycling plants and 10 energy from waste (EfW) projects with a capacity of more than 2.6 million tonnes and the production of 300 MW of electricity.

The environmental services backlog reached €11,152 million in 2016. This business area accounted for 52.6% of the FCC Group’s EBITDA. The company continues to grow worldwide and last year started the construction of the Edinburgh & Midlothian recycling and recovery centre as well as officially inaugurating an EfW plant in Buckinghamshire. At the end of 2016, FCC was awarded various municipal waste collection contracts in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria (United Kingdom) and in the city of Prostějov in the Czech Republic. In 2017 it was awarded the fourth (in Garland) and fifth (in Mesquite) recycling contracts in the state of Texas, USA, where the recyclable materials will be processed in the Dallas MRF.

 

Photo from left to right Tony Emilio, FCC Environmental Services Director of Municipal Services, Aurelio Blasco, FCC Environmental Services President, Inigo Sanz FCC Environmental Services CEO , Mike Rawlings City of Dallas Mayor and Erik Wilson City of Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem.