Three municipalities in ibiza introduce hybrid technology vehicles to the waste collection fleet.

HERBUSA, a private company founded in 1980, provides environmental services on the island of Ibiza. The company is responsible for waste collection in the coastal municipalities of Santa Eularia Des Riu, Sant Josep De Sa Talaia and Sant Joan de Labritja, which produce a total of 60,000 t per year. HERBUSA has recently acquired three advanced waste collection vehicles from Geesinknorba Spain. The vehicles in question are Geesinknorba GPM III hybrid waste collection vehicles mounted on Volvo FE hybrid three axle chassis complete with bin lift to empty containers from DIN compliant containers with a capacity of 80-1100 litres.

HERBUSA provides collection services for 90-100,000 people in these municipalities. In the summer, the population increases to 250,000 due to tourism. The production rises from March until August, with waste production falling from September onwards.

Waste is collected in containers with capacities of from 800 – 1000 litres for use with rear loading type waste collection vehicles. These containers are positioned at communal collection points along the street and serve both domestic households and small businesses. The largest producers, such as hotels, apartments, and bars producing over 200 litres a day, purchase their own 1,000-litre containers. These must be compliant with DIN standards so that they can be emptied on the lift of a rear loading waste collection vehicle. These businesses have their own collection points located on their premises.

Timothy Byrne, MCIWM Chartered Waste Manager ISWA International
Waste Manager, Associate member of Ategrus (Spanish Solid Waste
Association)

Article published in: FuturENVIRO October 2013