May 17th is World Recycling Day. For this milestone, Ferrovial Services is highlighting its commitment to the environment, one of the axes through which it carries out its activity as a socially responsible company. For the company, the Circular Economy and recycling are a priority when it comes to providing its services to achieve the transition towards a new model of social, economic, and environmental development. Of course, recycling is closely associated with the company’s activity in areas such as waste collection and treatment.
Major recycling projects
In Spain, Ferrovial Servicios is responsible for the management, operation, and maintenance of a PET plastic flake recycling plant that is located in Les Franqueses del Vallès, Barcelona. This plant has one of the largest installed capacities of facilities across Europe: approximately 50,000 tons of recovered PET are processed annually. After the due process of recycling, the plant produces recycled PET plastic flakes from containers collected at waste treatment plants and through selective collection. Polyethylene terephthalate is a type of polymer used primarily in the manufacture of food packaging, such as bottles and highly durable textile fibers.
As for Amey, the company operates the treatment plant in Allerton (United Kingdom), where 320,000 tons of waste from the residents of North Yorkshire and York are annually transformed into energy capable of supplying 60,000 homes. This process allows them to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill by 90%. In fact, some 75,000 tons of ash produced in transformation are used each year to manufacture construction materials.
Another project of this sort is the Planalto Beirão waste separation center (CITERPB). The services provided at this plant include landfill management, mechanical and biological treatment (MBT), two sorting stations, nineteen recycling centers and three transfer stations.
Circular economy through innovation
Innovation is a great partner to the Circular Economy, as it accelerates the search for new technological solutions that enable improving current production and consumption processes. At Ferrovial Services. A great example is recovering textiles from household waste through RECITEX. The textile waste found in trash from municipal waste be collected for direct reuse, as it must undergo cleaning, deodorizing, and sanitizing processes. Currently, this waste ends its useful life in the landfill or incineration. As such, Ferrovial Services has finished developing a technological solution whose aim is the material recovery of textile waste present in municipal waste. This project entails an industrial solution based on obtaining a mixed material used in manufacturing new fibers and non-woven materials with applications in various industrial sectors.
Recycling with residents in mind
The company is working on digital initiatives to encourage recycling among residents in the cities where it operates. One example of this is Dugud, an app for engaging and encouraging society to recycle. Another show of our commitment to innovation and citizen involvement is the project being carried out in As Mariñas, Spain, which aims to evaluate changes in recycling due to the impact of communicating with and informing citizens about the waste they produce. The end goal is to scale the model to manage to improve the quality of waste sorting at the source by residents, with the help of their involvement and information. In Madrid, the company recently launched ReMad, a platform that aims to reuse used objects through exchanges at municipal waste collection sites.