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SOTKON takes on Planalto Beirão inter-municipal project to optimize the waste disposal structure

SOTKON takes on Planalto Beirão inter-municipal project to optimize the waste disposal structure

In a public tender granted to Sotkon Portugal - Sistemas de Resíduos, S.A., approximately 5 million euros covered by EU funding will be made available for the acquisition and installation of high capacity waste disposal equipment in 16 municipalities located in the central region of Portugal.


Established in 1991, the Association of Municipalities of the Planalto Beirão Region (AMPBR) describes itself as an inter-municipal integrated solid urban waste management organization aiming to find solutions to the re-use and treatment of waste, with the intent not only to protect the environment but also to preserve the region’s natural attractiveness. AMPBR comprises 19 municipalities located in the districts of Viseu, Coimbra and Guarda, 16 of which submitted a joint application to a PO SEUR (Operational Programme for Sustainability and Efficient Use of Resources) under European Commission funding, which the main drive is to promote resources efficiency by improving MSW deposition systems as well as the existing collection systems and consequently protecting the urban environment. 

Mangualde municipality was the first to benefit from the installation of the Sotkon equipment under this project. In total, 46 underground containers for unsorted waste and 31 “ecological islands” for paper/cardboard, plastic/metal and glass will be installed by the end of the year in an investment that will amount to around 1 million euros for this municipality alone.  

Other municipalities like Aguiar da Beira, Carregal do Sal, Castro Daire, Gouveia, Mortágua, Nelas, Oliveira de Frades, Oliveira do Hospital, Penalva do Castelo, São Pedro do Sul, Seia, Tábua, Tondela, Viseu and Vouzela will follow. By the conclusion of the Planalto Beirão project, 750 units of underground high capacity containers would have been installed (565 of these units for depositing recyclable waste and 177 units for depositing of unsorted waste) serving a population of about 325 thousand inhabitants. With a different approach, the municipality of Seia will have 10 units of Sotkon underground containers installed but optimised with user access control technology. This means that Seia will be ready for the implement of the PAYT (pay-as-you-throw) billing system considered to be a fairer billing system for the citizen.  

In the words of Sotkon’s Managing Director, Helder Barbosa, “this is a challenging project that makes us very proud but which we are taking on quite naturally and with great responsibility. Sotkon equipment is, without a doubt, the most resistant, durable equipment there is and it has been proven to be the most efficient and cost-effective with regard to large capacity temporary waste storage systems. We believe that the municipalities covered by the funding will see an improvement to their urban space, which will be much cleaner.”  

The Sotkon equipment is quite unlike from other existing on the market due to the high quality of the materials used in its manufacture and also because it is easy to install and easy to use. The robustness and simplicity of the Sotkon solutions enable significant savings regarding maintenance costs and allocated human and technical resources.