Calvia 2000 is a public company on the island of Mallorca. It is responsible for the collection of waste and dry mixed recyclables in the areas of Costa d’en Blanes, Illetes, Magaluf, Palma Nova, Peguera and Santa Ponca. These are all major tourist resorts and, therefore, large volumes of waste are produced.
To maintain a high standard waste collection service across these areas, Calvia 2000 purchased five new waste collection vehicles from Geesinknorba Spain. The order includes a smaller Geesink (only 2.2 wide) for collecting waste and recyclables in areas where there is narrow access. The other Geesink rear loaders have different capacities depending on the level of waste produced in the area. All five units have been fitted with Geesink GCB S3 lifter which have DIN type trunnion lifting arms fitted, for the emptying of DIN 30700 type containers, as well as a comb bar for the emptying of DIN 30740 type containers.
They are all fitted with Geesinknorba’s renowned ‘Smartpack’ system. This uses the minimum amount of fuel from the vehicle’s pump to operate the bin lift and compaction equipment, which improves fuel consumption.
Each of the new vehicles has a three man crew, a driver and two operatives. The collection crew place the 240 and 1100 litre containers onto the GCB S3 bin lifting equipment so that they can be emptied. Any excess waste is also cleared from communal collection points. In the summer months, extra containers are provided in tourist areas where large volumes of waste are produced. This prevents the spillage and piling up of waste next to full containers. Calvia rolls out a communication campaign during the tourist season to promote the source segregation of recyclables from the waste stream. This improves both Mallorca’s overall recycling rate and reduces Calvia’s waste management costs.
The waste and recyclables are delivered by Calvia 2000 to Tirme SA’S waste transfer station in Calvia, the largest waste transfer plant on the island. The new Geesink vehicles discharge the residual waste fraction into one of three static Danima Marrel waste compactors where it is compressed into enclosed roll-on-off containers, holding twenty five tonnes of waste. This is transported to TIRME’S 800,000 tonnes per annum Son Reus waste-to-energy plant at Soller, near Palma for incineration/energy recovery.
Paper, cardboard, plastics, steel and aluminium cans are also compressed in one of the three compactors into enclosed roll-on-off containers. These materials are transported to TIRME’S waste recovery park at Soller, near Palma for baling and for onward transport to reprocessors. Calvia delivers the organic waste fraction collected by the new Geesink vehicles directly to TIRME’S Biomethanisation treatment plant at Soller for composting.
In conclusion, Calvia 2000, are providing a sustainable waste collection service using their five new Geesink GPM IV rear loaders across the region. This is important for both residents and tourists in providing efficient waste collection services for both the present and the future.
Editor: Timothy Byrne