Luis Alva
Director General
Vertical and Grupo Motion Corp
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Finding Opportunities in Residential, Health, NAICM

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:13

Q: What role does Vertical want to play in the development of more sustainable waste solutions in Mexico?

A: We are pioneers in bringing sustainable technology into Mexico. We have been in Mexico for more than 14 years and with more than 1,200 installed projects. We want to play a large role in the proper disposal of waste and encourage the culture of separating trash in homes. There is a growing demand for our vertical waste-disposal products. The verticalization of cities has increased the construction of high-rise apartments that need garbage chutes for the owners’ comfort. Any building higher than five stories should effectively have a garbage chute installed.

Our pneumatic waste systems are well received and the market wants to automate these types of processes and move toward more sustainable waste systems. We have not installed a pneumatic system in Mexico yet because they are long-term projects. The technology transports waste to the dumpster at about 70km/h and can be applied for developments with more than 500 apartments.

Q: What are the main barriers of entry for a pneumatic waste system in Mexico?

A: One barrier we have encountered is the lack of information in the market regarding the benefits, technology and impact these systems have on their infrastructure developments. There are no other products like this in Mexico so we have to break the paradigm of traditional trash-collection systems. This is a mediumterm investment but because it is installed in buildings with more than 500 apartments it is a more efficient, less expensive option.

Q: Given that pneumatic systems are used in airports around the world, are you looking to install a system in NAICM?

A: Installing a pneumatic waste system is extremely viable. NAICM will produce 50 tons of waste each day, making it necessary to have a pneumatic waste system, although we do not yet know in which tender this will be incorporated. We are currently working on the design phase of the project. GACM has been receptive and encourages innovation for the various tenders for NAICM.

Q: How would Motion Corp adapt pneumatic waste systems to the unique terrain in the Lake of Texcoco?

A: The pipe that is buried beneath the ground would be given a surface anticorrosion treatment according to the aggressive conditions of the terrain. Based on this, a procedure will be applied that adheres to the maximum aggressiveness permitted under ISO 12944. This procedure is certified for steel structures submerged in salt water and is the same coating applied to the hulls of icebreaking ships. The application of the coating would consist of 450 microns of glass fiber-reinforced epoxy polyamide. Regardless of the coating applied, a cathodic protection system should be provided, in principle by means of a printed circuit. Given the high aggressiveness of the terrain, the quality control measures should again test the integrity of the coating once the pipes have been placed in the trench by means of a porosity detector.

Q: How would one of these systems impact the sustainability of the airport?

A: Firstly, it would greatly eliminate the collection truck traffic entering and exiting the eight waste collection docks. That eliminates CO2 emissions into the atmosphere and also contributes to better logistics. Secondly, the system would collect the already-separated waste, so there would be no substantial manual separation work. The waste would be reused, which is fundamental from the environmental point of view. Finally, inside the airport building, the current garbage container routes would be eliminated. Trash would be hidden during transit, transported through pipelines with minimal electricity cost. This means logistics would improve significantly and the image of the airport would be more modern and attractive.