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FCC to clean Zaragoza until 2020

14/03/2008

FCC to clean Zaragoza until 2020

  • Zaragoza City Government awards street cleaning and waste collection contract.
  • The contract is estimated to be worth 736 million euro in sales.
     
    FCC has been awarded, by competitive tender, a contract with Zaragoza City Government to manage street cleaning and municipal solid waste collection and transport services in the city for the next 12 years. The contract is worth a total of 736 million euro, not counting indexation.
     
    As part of its commitment to sustainable development, FCC has sought real solutions for a city that is constantly changing and evolving, where FCC has been working uninterruptedly since 1940.
     
    During the contract term, FCC plans to invest over 50 million euro in vehicles, facilities, technology, environmental improvements and citizen awareness-raising campaigns.
     
    FCC will increase the human and material resources in line with Zaragoza's needs. It will have a trained team that is committed to the people, using innovative, environmentally-friendly technology developed in-house by FCC that is not available on the market.
     
    The equipment and services will be adapted to the city of Zaragoza. The vehicles will be specially-designed for greater carrying capacity and waste collection performance without sacrificing manoeuvrability, with the lowest possible cost, fuel consumption and noise and pollutant emissions, in line with the concept of clean technology. According to needs, vehicles will be powered by ecological fuels (biodiesel and electricity) and equipped with leading-edge technology in terms of quality and safety. Several of the new vehicles will come into service before the International Exposition in Zaragoza in summer 2008.
     
    FCC has designed an innovative control system based on a real-time geographical information system. Vehicles will be fitted with GPS, on-board computer and mobile communications with the capacity to send and receive alerts and video.
     
    Waste skips will have electronic labels that can be read by waste collection, cleaning and maintenance vehicles, which will log when the skips are emptied, cleaned and maintained and the data will be available in real time.
     
    FCC uses an ecological architecture approach to fixed installations so as to reduce water and energy consumption. It will install solar panels for sanitary hot water and will use recycled non-drinking water produced by a tertiary treatment plant using output from the existing municipal waste water treatment plant.

As regards workplace safety, the company will take measures to prevent accidents and provide teams with individual safety equipment and signage. It will establish a technical department and a safety plan for workers in waste collection and cleaning services.
 
FCC will implement a labour relations plan to integrate the disabled and people with difficulties finding work.
 
FCC will also design a new, innovative corporate image to be displayed on vehicles, bins, uniforms, etc. The company has plans to open a customer service office in the city centre to provide information about contractual activities and encourage awareness-raising actions.
 
FCC first began working in urban sanitation in 1915 with a waste collection contract in Barcelona; today it is a leader in the sector, operating in more than 4,000 municipalities in Europe, Africa and Latin America, providing services for more than 26 million people.