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Stadler completes installation of new mechanical sorting plant in Ibiza

Sustainable criteria have guided the design and construction of the facility, which is located in Ca na Putxa, near the island’s landfill site, says company.

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April 23 2021
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Stadler has designed and installed the new 50,000 m2 mechanical waste sorting plant that will serve the island of Ibiza, the company announced. The facility was commissioned in December 2020 by UTE (temporary consortium) GIREF, which is charged with the planning, construction and management of the facilities for the Ibiza and Formentera Waste Management Plan.

Toni Roig, the new facility’s manager for UTE GIREF, said, “We put out to tender the supply of the equipment and we analysed various proposals. Stadler, a company with a prestigious reputation in the design, supply and installation of equipment we had already worked with, submitted the best proposal – both technically and economically – with a solution that met our requirements.”

Sustainable criteria are said to have guided the design and construction of the facility, which is located in Ca na Putxa, near the island’s landfill site. Water obtained by a process of osmosis from landfill leachate was used to mix the concrete. The plant’s air purifying system uses a biofilter for odor elimination. The installation of photovoltaic panels on the roofing of the 30,000 m2 covered area is planned, as per the statement.

The sorting plant consists of three automated lines and two twinned lines are used to sort urban solid waste and light packaging on separate shifts. A third, independent line is dedicated to organic waste from segregated collection and uses the latest sorting technologies for biological treatment processes.

“The process uses the latest technology to increase recovery rates and sort the majority of the recyclable materials,” said Luis Sánchez, Stadler Operations Director in Spain.

The facility is designed to process up to 120,000 tons of urban solid waste, 6,000 tons of packaging and 20,000 tons of organic waste from segregated collection, and aims to comply with European waste treatment regulations, and strives to be a model for sustainable operation and for raising public awareness, said the company.  

“Stadler has supported us and provided specialist advice throughout the plant start-up process. This has enabled us to achieve optimal waste treatment ratios in record time,” noted Toni Roig. “We are very happy we chose Stadler to supply the equipment. They have been extremely professional from the very beginning and have overcome all the challenges that come from being on an island location. The Covid-19 global pandemic hit as we were in the midst of the installation process. Even so, they rigorously complied with all the safety protocols, both when the installation work resumed and when they sent their staff as soon as it was possible. This enabled us to achieve all the project’s objectives in spite of the difficulties,” he added. 


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