March 29, 2019. The Governing Board of the City of Madrid, Spain, approved the budget for the purchase of 36 ECO trucks for the collection of organic waste with a total budget of 8 million euros. These compactor collection vehicles will serve to respond to the extension to all districts of the collection of the organic fraction, which began in November 2017.

All the vehicles will be powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and, therefore, with environmental category ECO. To adapt to the specific needs of the districts in which they will provide service, the acquisition of two different models is contemplated: 30 rear load units with 19 cubic meters of capacity and 6 lateral load units with 22 cubic meters of capacity each.

The trucks will develop their service in the districts of Centro, Retiro, Salamanca, Chamartin, Fuencarral – El Pardo, Moratalaz, Carabanchel, Usera and Barajas, in which the daily selective collection of bio-waste will be progressively implemented as of November 2019.

The collection of the organic fraction began in November 2017 with a pilot test in 17 pioneering zones. From this first experience, the service has been growing progressively to cover 12 districts today and serve a population of about 1.800.000 people. Currently 273 tons of this type of waste is collected daily.