MARCH 29 2023

Amarsul received the visit of the Secretary of State for the Environment, Hugo Polido Pires, to the new Biological Treatment unit in the Palmela Ecopark, currently under construction. This unit represents a significant investment in the region, which now has a treatment capacity for 50 thousand tons of selectively collected biowaste.


The investment in this infrastructure, which is shared by Amarsul and Valorsul, is part of the strategy to comply with the European Recycling Targets, especially to divert organic waste from landfills, improving the service provided to the population of the Setúbal Peninsula.


For Luís Masiello, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Amarsul, "It is a great pleasure for us to receive the visit of the Secretary of State Hugo Polido Pires, in our facilities, and to guide him in the Biological Treatment Unit. This unit allows the treatment of 50 thousand tons of bio-waste per year, which we then transform into compost. This was an absolutely necessary investment to move forward in the commitments assumed by the Country. This investment brought us a greater capacity to serve the surrounding municipalities and work to meet the European recycling targets."


The investment in the new infrastructure will be in the order of 17 million euros, co-financed by POSEUR. It is set in an area of 26 500 m2, and is in an advanced stage of construction. It has the capacity to receive 50 thousand tons of organic waste per year, from the selective collection of municipalities, with an estimated production of 8,500 tons of compost per year, to be used as organic correction of agricultural land.



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About Amarsul

Amarsul is responsible for the treatment and recovery of urban waste from the 9 municipalities of the Setúbal Peninsula: Alcochete, Almada, Barreiro, Moita, Montijo, Palmela, Seixal, Sesimbra and Setúbal.


In 2022, Amarsul treated 461 thousand tons of waste and recovered 46 thousand tons of recyclables in 10 facilities. The company relies on the collaboration of around 400 workers, who daily serve the 800 thousand inhabitants of the peninsula. 


Amarsul also recovers energy from waste, through the extraction of biogas, producing annually about 20 GWh of electricity, which is injected into the National Electricity Grid. It also produced 9,000 tonnes of organic correctives that were applied to tree and shrub crops, namely orchards, olive groves, vineyards and forest species. These soil correctives are obtained through the organic valorisation of the biowaste received, whether from undifferentiated collection or selective collection, under strictly controlled conditions.