More efficient and adapted waste collection in every neighbourhood

The new cleaning contract, which comes into force in November 2019, plays a key part in the municipal zero waste strategy for the city. The newly awarded contract is for more flexible and transparent cleaning, waste collection and management, adapted to the needs of each neighbourhood.

16/04/2018 16:58 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The cleaning contract is one of the most important municipal contracts due to its eight year duration, with the option of a further two years, and its value of 307 million euros per year. In order to gain greater public control over this indirectly managed service, the contract includes social, environmental and transparency measures to open up data on the service to the public.

As a way of increasing efficiency in waste collection and management, the new cleaning contract will adapt to the urban characteristics and usage of the various neighbourhoods and include measures to improve on the current service. The goals of the zero waste strategy are to cut the amount of waste people generate from 1.3 kg per inhabitant per day to 1.2 kg, as well as to increase selective collection from 36% to 60%.

Main new features of the contract

1) Waste containers together and accessible. Priority will be placed on the siting of containers in the same place, making them accessible to everyone in order to promote selective collection. The collection model will keep the current five categories, with yellow containers also to be used for metals and all types of plastics. Historical city nuclei where there are fewer containers will also get alternative systems for selective waste collection.

2) Technological features for containers: New technologies will be used to gain information on the use of containers and to enhance waste collection and management. Also, in the mid-term, new technologies will help launch and promote recycling among the public.

3) Lower emissions and less noise. In order to improve environmental quality, priority will be placed on a fleet of zero emissions electric vehicles, also helping to reduce noise at all hours.

4) Progressive increase in the door-to-door waste collection system. The system is currently up and running in the historical centre of Sarrià. Depending on the level of complexity, an assessment will be made to identify parts of the city where door-to-door collection can be introduced. Door-to-door collections at commercial establishments will also be increased by 1,000 commercial premises which generate organic waste.

5) Social criteria for procurement. The new contract must include a plan for equal opportunities and non-discrimination towards LGBTI people and subcontracting will be checked by looking at payments, conditions, prices etc. At least 10% of new contracts will be for companies from the social economy.


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