Experiencing Envac in Barcelona

The historic Mercat de Santa Caterina in Barcelona was renovated with an Envac system in 2007.

The historic Mercat de Santa Caterina in Barcelona was renovated with an Envac system in 2007.

With our journey to Sweden rapidly approaching, many members of Team Envac have chosen to do some traveling before diving head first back into the Sweden CAP on Monday. Team members Adam Spearin, Laura Michela and Jeremy Williams happen to be traveling in Barcelona, Spain this week and were given the opportunity to tour another one of Envac’s installations. As we mentioned in our last post, we had the opportunity to tour the Roosevelt Island installation which was Envac’s first residential project in the United States. In Barcelona, the opportunity arose to see a much more recent installation located in the heart of the city.

Envac Iberia Design Coordinator Albert Lanuza Castillo explaining to Adam Spearin and Jeremy how trash is disposed of on the streets of Barcelona.

Envac Iberia Design Coordinator Albert Lanuza Castillo explaining to Adam Spearin and Jeremy Williams how trash is disposed of on the streets of Barcelona.

The installation that they toured was in the renovated Mercat de Santa Caterina in the La Ribera district of the old city. This market has been in operation since 1848 and was renovated in 2007 with a 2 fraction Envac waste collection system. A fraction refers to the type of waste that the system can take. In this case, the two types of waste that are disposed in the system are general refuse and organic waste. Recycling is still collected by the traditional method in bins located nearby. This was a decision of the municipality and not of Envac. The system is connected to 70 collection inlets located within 1000 meters of the collection point, which is underneath the market. Albert Lanuza Castillo, Envac Iberia’s design coordinator and our tour guide, told us that the system could handle over 200 additional inlets that will be added as streets in the surrounding neighborhoods are updated in the coming years.

Albert discussing how the Envac system automatically turns on when a collection point is full.

Albert Castillo discussing how the Envac system automatically turns on when a collection point is full.

Compared to the Roosevelt Island installation, this newer system was much more efficient in terms of space needed at the collection point.  For instance, this installation handles similar amounts of waste as Roosevelt Island, but takes up only around a quarter of the space and is completely automated except for changing collection containers! In comparison the Roosevelt Island installation needed to be started and stopped manually. It was amazing to see the difference in size and efficiency.

Adam and Albert discussing the capabilities of the Santa Caterina system. In the background there is a map of the current system.

Adam and Albert discussing the capabilities of the Santa Caterina system. In the background there is a map of the current system.

This was another truly incredible experience for some of us to see our client’s product in action halfway across the world! Until next time!

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