Container of large dimensions improves waste collection in Alvalade
It is the first municipal equipment of this kind to be installed in the city and in the country, which compacts the waste introduced and allows to transport, at once, about 16 tons of waste, between cardboard and mixed waste.
Next to Alvalade market, an underground solid waste container / compactor will soon be in operation, which allows to transport at once about 16 tons of cardboard and mixed waste produced by local sellers and residents. Carlos Manuel Castro, city councilor of Urban Hygiene, attended the final tests of the large equipment, which will soon be in operation.
It is the first underground waste compactor to be installed by the city and the only public waste compactor in the country. “We are taking another step in Lisbon to make life easier for people and also for the hygiene urban services”, states the councilor. The compactor is next to a group of underground containers for recyclable waste, and Carlos Manuel Castro stresses that the city “is on the good way for cleaning and environmental quality”.
The logic is, says yet the councilor, “triangulation between people, city hall services and the environment”, because it facilitates the disposal of waste to the residents and to the several market operators, while giving better conditions to the municipal teams so that the collection “happens in a faster and more efficient way.”
16 tons at once
The container is bi-compartmentalized and allows the storage of two types of waste, in this case paper and mixed waste, because, as explains Júlio Flor, one of the municipal technicians responsible for the project, it is the type of waste most produced by the market sellers and catering premises.
It has a dimension of 20 cubic meters and a useful area of 16, divided equally by each type of waste, and is equipped with two types of doors: a larger one for the commercial sector, which opening is only activated by a card distributed to all merchants, and a smaller one, intended for the area residents.
Inside the garbage is being compacted and the storage capacity increases, up to 16 tons. Equipped with sensors that allow the city services to monitor the filling rate, when the container reaches full capacity it goes up on a lifting platform and is placed in a truck, which transports it to the treatment plants.