Evelyn Jacom. Editor (I)

Despite the fact that Quito is not as full of garbage again as it was in 2018, there are problems with collectors.

How many are functional?

When we took over in October 2021, there were 215 trucks in the fleet, of which 124 were out of order. Only 91 were working We were able to make 25 repairs with an investment of USD 700,000. We set up a rotation group of 40 small vehicles. The company has a fleet of 156 trucks and one vehicle. Must have standard 182.

How many people are in the workshop?

There are 59 vehicles stopped. Some of the reasons are the high cost of repair. In other words, the amount of fixing these is too much. It must be borne in mind that the last time the trucks were purchased was between 2014 and 2015, and their useful life span is five to seven years, since they are used daily and have to go through the complex geography of Quito, which makes them stronger and break down faster. .

Is it more expensive to fix them?

More than $ 70,000 to fix something, and new ones don’t come out. When I can buy a new car with warranty, fixing them will be a mistake

How much does a new one cost?

Sizes range from $ 100,000 to $ 330,000.

Mechanically, these vehicles can not be stopped?

It would be irresponsible to repair them. It is important to note that the Prosecutor’s Office has problems with 30 vehicles. In other administrations, these were scrapped. Parts were removed to accommodate other trucks. There is a complaint about that which is under financial investigation and we cannot find any evidence.

And if these are useless, what will they do?

When the court gives the final verdict, they have to be quashed.

What are the main disadvantages of parked trucks?

They affect both the motor part and the compaction part. Their engine, gearbox, suspension and steering system have been severely damaged … they are in very bad condition.

What is the annual budget of the company and how much is invested for maintenance and damage repair?

The budget is about 75 75 million and 3 3 million for repairs.

What percentage of the fleet is running at the moment?

When we assumed it was 38%. Now we have 53%. We expect the year to end with an 85%. We are going to reclaim 10 cars and we are going to acquire 16 more in the first purchase. In addition, we will adhere to the Pan-American Index, which qualifies as good, given the city’s population.

How does that affect the collection?

To meet the demand, the trucks must double shift and this makes them wear more and they rotate more in mechanics. We don’t know why those before us didn’t start the process of repairing trucks or buying spare parts. The truck was off for two years for a battery or a few months for a band.

Is it true that there was a route over the weekend that was not served?

Not true. There are some people who want instability, harm. Garbage collection has not stopped, it will be dangerous. What has happened is that we have several critical points.

With 2,200 tons being lifted every day in the city, which of the surrounding areas produces the most waste?
It is a southern sector due to its population. The north has a population density of 50 inhabitants per hectare, while the south has 175 inhabitants per hectare. The administrations of Eloy Alfaro, Quitumbe and Manuela Sáenz create more garbage.

How is the process of buying a new car?

There is a process that has already been uploaded to the Public Procurement Portal for an international tender for 10 rear-loading collectors, two front-loading, two pressure washers, a sweeper and a side-loading truck. There are 16 trucks in total, for USD 3.5 million. But the second purchase will be, around USD 7 million. More trucks and containers will be purchased. We expect to buy at least 3,000.

What about that appointment? The process was an observation.

In January, SAARC made some observations and corrected them, and the process was uploaded yesterday (Tuesday). We reviewed it with the mayor’s office, the Quito Honesto … Since processes now have to go through the Comptroller’s Office, there was an observation that was being corrected. We hope that the moderators will analyze it, verify it in a few days and be able to upload it to the system as soon as possible.

Marcelo Mata Guerrero

He has extensive experience in law making, environmental management, waste, industrial safety, and occupational hygiene. For 16 years he has been the Executive Director of the Corporation for Environment and Sustainable Development – COIDES, Minister of Environment and Water, TM Consulting Partners and the socio-environmental management consultant at Mata & Partners Law Firm.


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