• These awards recognise best practice in the field of sustainability.

On 17 June, Consorcio de Aguas de Bilbao Bizkaia gave out its Lurra Bizkaia Sariak 2024 awards, which recognise individuals, entities and companies whose outstanding work has a positive impact on sustainability.

The company Viuda de Sainz – a member of the ICEBERG consortium – received an award in the Climate Change category for its “Harri Green” project, which features a new and advanced treatment and recovery plant for construction and demolition waste. The award was collected by José Manuel Baraibar, Director of R&D&I, and given out by Ana Otadui, President of the General Assembly of Bizkaia, at a ceremony attended by the President of the Basque Government Iñigo Urkullu.

The companies Viuda de Sainz and Heidelberg Materials have joined forces to promote “Harri Green”, a waste treatment and recovery facility located in Zaramillo (Güeñes, Bizkaia), which officially opened in January this year. This facility is able to process 160,000 tonnes per year of construction and demolition waste (CDW) and an additional 100,000 tonnes of steel mill slag per year.

Using an advanced three-stage crushing process, “Harri Green” turns this waste into recycled aggregates that meet strict quality standards, and has become a benchmark for the promotion of the circular economy and sustainability in the region. The plant reduces the volume of waste sent to landfill and the carbon footprint. It also saves energy and reduces the environmental impact as materials are not extracted from quarries.

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