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Ferrovial - Integrated annual report 2013 / Environmental performance

Waste management

Waste management in all the business units is based on the principles of minimizing waste production, managing it correctly and increasing recovery, reuse and recycling.

Non-hazardous waste

Non-hazardous waste generated in 2013 amounted to 768,748 t. This figure includes the waste sent to treatment plants, as recycled waste is included in another category.

This figure is significantly higher than that reported last year, as it includes the figures for the urban services business, which were not reported last year. Amey alone generated 577,982 t, due to the nature of the business.

Non-hazardous waste generated in each business area *
 2013  Total non-hazardous waste (t)
Amey 577,982.14
Cadagua 183,997.52
Ferrovial Servicios 6,080.65
Cintra 680.20
Corporación 7.02
Total 768,747.52

Non-hazardous waste generated in construction are included in “Construction and Demolition Waste” o the table of environmental indicators

Hazardous waste

Most of the hazardous waste is generated by the group’s international subsidiaries, mainly the British company Amey. Hazardous waste generated outside the European Union has been reported for the second year (this waste is included in the “unclassified” category according to the European Waste Catalogue (EWC)).

Hazardous waste generation (kg)
20102011 2012 * 2013 *
872,407 1,204,083 3,537,208  14,557,226

* Value based on the sum of hazardous waste classified and unclassified under the European Waste Catalogue (EWC).

Waste produced  from construction and demolition

Management of waste from construction and demolition has always been a relevant environmental aspect in all the projects, and the objectives for improvement usually aim to improve the management of this waste while minimizing its generation. Ferrovial Agroman has in recent years established the objective of increasing the percentage of waste reuse and recycling.

The recovery of construction waste on the site itself has become the most effective and sustainable way of achieving rates of recycling construction waste that were unattainable with traditional flows of on-site waste.

In recent years Ferrovial Agroman has carried out a major technical effort on its sites to improve the processes of on-site waste recovery, within a general strategy of improving construction and demolition waste management.

A summary is presented below of civil engineering work carried out by Ferrovial Agroman in Spain in 2011-2013. This period was characterized by a notable reduction in the volume of public works.


The volume of material recycled has increased significantly in all the categories. In addition, the subsidiaries that were not included in 2012 have now been included in the scope of reporting. The total material recycled amounts to 97,840 t.

Recycling of waste in each business area, by category
2013Paper and cardboard Industrial plasticsScrap metalOthers materialsTotal (t)
Amey 182 130.48 82.0 69,142 69,537
Cadagua 51.5 17.88 185.6 39.395 294.375
Ferrovial Servicios Internationatl 396.124 11.7 15.5 9.7 433.054
Ferrovial Servicios Spain 59 1.24 60
Construcción 8,838.38 0.42 18,374.9 27,214
Cintra 55 6.66 235.2 1.30 299
Corporación  3.6        4
Total (t) 9,586 167 18,893 69,194 97,840