Palm Beach County has recently awarded FCC Environmental Services the contract for the collection of all residential and commercial solid waste for the next seven years and with a value of $215 million (around €191 million), commencing October 1st, 2019. The contract covers two zones out of the four considered by the tender, though no company could be awarded more than two zones, and FCC was the only firm to achieve being awarded 2 zones. The scope of the service includes the collection of garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulky waste for about 50 % of the total population in the County, which is around 1.3 million inhabitants.
It is also important to remark that the contract also includes the exclusive franchise of the commercial waste for the two zones, which given the significance of tourism in the area will play a very important role in the service. FCC will provide the service with a brand new fleet of 108 vehicles, including 90 collection trucks and other ancillary units, and will generate more than 120 jobs, including a significant part of them among local companies that FCC will subcontract. Palm Beach County is one of the three counties that make up the metropolitan region of Miami and one of the highest income in the US.
FCC already has a significant presence in Florida in some of the largest counties such as Orange County and Polk County and will increase its activity in the southern portion of the state thanks to this new award. FCC has signed ten contracts in Texas and three in Florida in the last few years, totaling more than 1.1 billion dollars, and is currently providing services for more than 8 million Americans.
In recent years, the environmental services area of the FCC Group has achieved important awards in the international arena. It is noteworthy the contract for the construction and management of the Materials Recycling Plant (MRF) of Dallas, at McCommas Bluff, which operates at full capacity and has been selected by the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) as the Best Recycling Facility in North America. In January 2018 the company was awarded the contract for the design, financing, construction and operation of the Houston plant, which will separate and revaluate all the recyclable materials from the city and the subsequent commercialization thereof, for a period of up to 20 years. The installation, fully automated and equipped with the most State-of-the-Art technology in sorting of materials, can treat up to 145,000 tons per year and recently entered into operation.
In the United Kingdom, FCC Environment has recently been awarded the Northamptonshire Waste Collection and Street cleansing contract, which represents an order book of 20 million euros. Also notable is the award to the company of the second phase of the Environmental Complex of Guipúzcoa CMG-2, in Spain, which will carry out over 20 years the treatment, recycling and energy recovery of 102,000 tons of various types of waste per year. The Millerhill recycling and energy recovery center, near Edinburgh (Scotland), with a capacity of more than 150,000 tons per year, is in commissioning and will be fully operational soon.
The FCC Group is a world leader in citizen services. The Environmental business area of the company has been providing municipal services for more than 100 years and has based its success on a commitment to innovation and helping cities to be smarter, more sustainable and more socially responsible. It currently serves nearly 60 million people in almost 5,000 municipalities in thirteen countries, with a network of more than 200 recovery and recycling plants that process 24.5 million tons of waste per year as a resource, including ten waste-to-energy (WtE) projects with a capacity of more than 2.6 million tons and 300 MW of non-fossil electricity.