Santander is the capital of Cantabria and has a population of 300,000 people. The city is a busy port providing ferry links from northern Spain to other countries in Europe, e.g. via Plymouth and Portsmouth in the UK. Many tourists visit Santander each year producing 56,892 tonnes of non-recyclable waste (2015 figures), dry recyclables; paper and cardboard 3,288 tonnes (2015 figures) and plastics HDPE, PET, TETRAPACK, ferrous and non – ferrous tin cans commingled 1,812 tonnes (2015 figures).
The new fleet of waste collection vehicles comprises of twelve Rossi satellite waste collection vehicles which feature seven Rossi QUBE units of 5.5m3 capacity complete with compaction and bin lift whilst five of the R205 model of 5.5m3 capacity have also been supplied without compaction. These are mounted onto 3.5 tonne two axle 4×2 Renault Master Euro 6 compliant chassis. Eleven of these units are equipped with a trunnion / bar lift to handle 360 litre and 1000 litre containers of DIN 30700 and DIN 30740 specifications. These vehicles will work both night and day clearing waste deposited in bags, boxes and some bulky wastes next to 2,200 and 3,200 litre side loader containers at communal collection points in the centre of Santander as well as the suburbs. One of these new Rossi units has no lifter fitted and has been supplied in open back mode for use for the manual loading of waste. The new Rossi QUBE and R205 units will also collect waste from 360 litre containers at some apartment buildings inside the city where larger containers and larger vehicles cannot gain access. Once full, these units discharge into a Geesinknorba ‘N’ Series 15H25 rear loader which acts as a mothership transferring the waste from the Rossi units to the waste treatment plant in Cantabria province.