Amiat’s commitment to the continuous improvement of its management systems led the company, in 2008, to obtain UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 quality certification for all eighteen of its city sites, along with UNI EN ISO 14001:2004 environmental certification in 2009, which had already been obtained in 2000 for the Basse di Stura plant only. Also in 2009, the analytical laboratory was UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 certified.
In line with its commitment to environmental protection, Amiat responds to the challenges of protecting the local territory and public health through its everyday operations, such as in future emergency planning and prevention, with an on-going commitment to attaining and maintaining the highest levels of efficiency and excellence in each and every sector.
Amiat mission is to provide effective solutions for all environmental management issues through the constant development of new technologies, new facilities and new advanced know-how.
Besides its traditional collection, transport, disposal and recycling services for household waste and special (including hazardous) waste, Amiat also assists in planning and managing the remediation of contaminated sites and conducts tests and a nalyses on samples for environmental monitoring plans.
Currently, Amiat mainly provides public environmental health services on behalf of the City of Turin. The company is responsible for the daily activities that keep 31 million square metres of the city clean, including 18 million square metres of roads and 13 million square metres of garden areas.
For years Amiat has run its own specially designed and built facilities for the treatment and recycling of waste. A new industrial development plan was recently launched, involving the acquisition of strategic shareholdings, under which Amiat is becoming actively involved in national and international industry.
Amiat is responsible for the cleanliness and tidiness of various parts of the urban environment. From streets to public gardens (with the exception of major city parks), from bus and tram stops to the pavements of municipal schools, from river banks to local street markets, Amiat makes use of flexible tools and resources that can be adapted to the varying characteristics of the municipal territory.
Alongside the manual sweeping of streets, main roads are also washed and cleaned mechanically.
Amiat is also responsible for emptying public bins, removing fallen leaves from tree lawns and leafy areas, filtering drains, cleaning playgrounds and public conveniences, and the removal of the abandoned shells of vehicles.
WINTER ROAD MAINTENANCE
Amiat provides road maintenance in winter across the entire city (streets, market stallage areas, bus and tram stops, public gardens and school pavements, etc.), managing the salting of roads to prevent the build up of frost and ice and the clearing of snow. Services are managed on the basis of atmospheric conditions and the intensity of snowfalls.
Provided from November 1st to March 31st every year, the service is responsible for the clearing of 1,160 kilometres of city streets in the metropolitan area and in the Turin hills.
Amiat is responsible for the collection of approximately 500,000 tonnes of waste every year. The company also runs city recycling centres, manages waste collection services for the city’s 47 local street markets, and collects bulky waste for disposal from homes.
Separate waste collection is available throughout the city via the provision of roadside recycling bins and door-to-door collection services.
SEPARATE WASTE COLLECTION
First introduced in 1976, the service was expanded in 2003 with the launch of door-to-door collection services, the new collection system for the recycling of waste, designed to meet the new environmental requirements introduced by the Provincial Waste Management Programme. In the neighbourhoods served by the new system, door-to-door collection services have contributed to raising the amount of waste separated for recycling to over 60%.
In an effort to encourage the production of less rubbish and reduce waste, Amiat invests in special collection and recycling projects, such as the collection of used eyeglasses and the Good Samaritan project. Underway since 2005, the initiative involves the collection of unserved meals from canteens and food items from supermarkets that are still fit for consumption though no longer sellable, and their distribution to people in need.
RECYCLING CENTRES (Ecocentri)
Amiat and the City of Turin run a number of city recycling centres, where city residents can dispose of recyclable waste free of charge. The centres are fully equipped to accept recyclable materials (paper, glass, plastic, food and biodegradable waste, metals, fabric, timber and plant cuttings, printer cartridges and toner, used eyeglasses), hazardous household waste (medicines past their use by date, used syringes, used oil, flat batteries, accumulators, paint) and bulky waste. The recycling centres are reserved to individuals and are not open to non-household users, for which specific services are available at a charge.
The city recycling centres are also accredited for the collection of electrical and electronic waste (WEEE) under laws in force. In this case they are open to both individuals and authorised retailers and installers (licensed by Amiat).
Amiat runs an integrated system of facilities for the treatment, disposal and recycling of waste.
Controlled landfill system
The Basse di Stura landfill site in Turin is considered one of the most advanced facilities in Italy and in Europe for the treatment and disposal of mixed waste. The site has a total capacity of almost 20 million m3 over a surface area of almost one million m2, and its environmental management system is certified to meet UNI EN ISO 14001:2004 standards.
Since January 1st, 2010, following the closure of the landfill site, “post mortem” operations have been underway for the total renaturalisation of the area.
The Basse di Stura biogas recovery plant is powered by an extraction network with vertical wells, producing around 100 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year. The recovery plant and its activities have a life of approximately 20 years.
Shredding plant for inert waste
Amiat manages a sorting and shredding plant for special inert waste produced by the construction and demolition of buildings and excavation works. The plant has a treatment capacity of approximately 1,200 tonnes per day, enabling the reuse of the materials after their sizing and sorting.
Now that works have been completed to cover the landfill site, the main use intended for the recovered materials, operations at the plant have stopped pending the completion of procedures required to operate the plant for third parties.
Since 1997, Amiat TBD Srl, a subsidiary of Amiat SpA, has specialised in the treatment of electrical and electronic waste, providing a full range of assistance services to National Collection Programmes, manufacturers, large-scale retail chains, and mass users, which are required to arrange for the dismantling and disposal of such goods in an environmentally friendly way. The plant has a maximum annual capacity of 28,000 tonnes, and features four production lines, one for each different type of appliance to be treated. The facility salvages raw materials such as copper, iron, aluminium, plastics, glass, and wood, for reuse in the production process.
Plastic materials recovery facility
Opened in 1997, the plant provides its services to public-sector and private-sector companies that produce non-hazardous special waste. Merged into Amiat in 2007, its core business is the collection and selection of this type of waste, with the aim of salvaging secondary raw materials to be reintroduced into the production cycle either directly or through the supply chain.
Its advanced treatment system enables over 50% of the waste processed to be salvaged.
First opened in Borgaro Torinese in 1998 and later renovated, the facility enables Amiat to treat recycled wood and organic waste from separate waste collections independently, and to produce compost for agricultural uses.
Amiat is able to process over 53,000 tonnes of organic material per year, using the most sophisticated aspiration and air processing systems available to guarantee the safety of the environment and local residents. All treatment operations are conducted in closed venues kept in depressed conditions, with captured air purified and deodorised before being released back into the atmosphere. The site area is has also been waterproofed and any percolate that forms is channelled into a dedicated storage tank, and then suitably treated.
Ecolegno timber collection platform
Opened in 2000 and located at the Basse di Stura plant, the Amiat Ecolegno timber collection platform accepts all kinds of wood waste, which it then sends to the recovery plants for salvaging after careful inspection and sorting. The storage area and access to the various services offered are fully open to the public, free of charge.
The Amiat Ecolegno platform is part of the national waste collection consortium CONAI RILEGNO.
Amiat offers its public and private-sector customers a vast spectrum of customised and integrated environmental health and waste disposal and treatment services, provided in compliance with applicable regulations, and with the guarantee of professional service and experience.
Amiat services range from equipment rental and the clearing of premises to the remediation of contaminated sites and environmental health and hygiene services.
Amiat also provides a series of integrated services for property managers, ranging from the cleaning of common areas and the provision of recycling bins, where door-to-door collection is available, to asbestos abatement, the cleaning of building façades and the removal of graffiti.
In recent years, much use has been made of new technologies for direct marketing and advertising, in an effort to raise awareness of Amiat services among potential customers.