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Pamplona inaugurates pneumatic waste collection system

15/02/2011

Pamplona inaugurates pneumatic waste collection system

FCC has commenced operation of a pneumatic waste collection system in Pamplona's historic quarter, with 28 collection points and 93 hatches for organic waste, packaging, and paper and cardboard, reducing the number of bins on the streets from 302 to 79.

Pamplona inaugurates pneumatic waste collection system

The collection system was inaugurated by the Mayor of Pamplona, Yolanda Barcina, and the Chairman of the Pamplona Area Grouping of Municipalities, Javier Torrens, who said that Pamplona had long been waiting for a solution of this type.

This project is the outcome of an agreement signed in February 2008 between the Pamplona Area Grouping of Municipalities, Pamplona City Government, and FCC.
Residents in the historic quarter can now dispose of their household waste in the new hatches at street level; the waste is accumulated in vertical tubes measuring 3 metres deep on average. The system can remotely open the valve at the bottom of each tube, in order to transport the waste by means of air pressure at almost 90 kilometres per hour through an underground pipe to the Trinitario waste management plant, also built by FCC.

The first phase of the project (costing 12.5 million euro; the total project has a price tag of 18.3 million euro) will be completed in the coming weeks with the addition of another 7 collection points with 25 hatches. An additional 15 collection points are expected to be added in the future.

The pipes measure 6.5 kilometres and run basically throughout the existing utility tunnels in Pamplona's historic quarter. However, the Castillo Plaza section was particularly complicated, requiring work to connect with the utility tunnel under Comedias Street in one case and the tunnel under Chapitela Street in two other cases. This system will notably reduce both waste truck mileage and fuel consumption, and CO2 emissions will be cut by 57 tonnes per year, i.e. a significant amount considering that 16 tonnes of waste are collected daily.

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