21 february 2014

Buenos Aires contracts Proactiva to manage the city's waste management services

The municipality of Buenos Aires (Argentina) has just contracted the management of its waste management services to Proactiva Medio Ambiente, a Veolia Environnement subsidiary in charge of its activities in Latin America. For Veolia, this ten-year contract represents cumulative revenues of €500 million (531 million Argentine pesos a year).

The challenge of waste management in the middle of Buenos Aires

For cities experiencing rapid growth, increasingly more populated and complex to manage, efficient waste collection and the cleanliness of its public spaces are key issues. The quality of life of their inhabitants, the preservation of the environment, but also their economic efficiency and their attractiveness to tourists are dependent.

Buenos Aires, flagship city of a continent undergoing rapid economic expansion, is particularly facing these challenges. It has just entrusted to Proactiva Medio Ambiente, a subsidiary of Veolia Environnement in charge of its activities in Latin America, the management of its waste management services for its downtown area, Zone 1 (districts of Retiro, San Nicolas, Puerto Madero, San Telmo, Monserrat and Constitucion), the economic heart of the Argentinian capital including twelve thousand commercial and service establishments.

Veolia's expertise at the service of urban dynamism in Latin America

Proactiva will implement, from September 2014, the technical capability and the expertise which waste management requires in such a dense and complex urban area. In particular, it will improve the quality of service and the hygiene of the downtown area by deploying containers for the collection of all the waste, whereas bags were typically left in the street up to now.

The renewed confidence shown to Veolia, for a period of 10 years, by the city of Buenos Aires illustrates the added value that the Group brings to cities for the management of their large urban services, and reinforces its strategy of development in regions with strong economic dynamism, such as Latin America.