Sacyr obtains AENOR’s Zero Waste certificate at the Sótero del Río Hospital (Chile) construction site

  • Sacyr is the first company in Chile to obtain this certificate.
  • At the construction site, Sacyr has recovered over 93% of waste.

Sacyr has obtained AENOR’s Zero Waste Certificate at the Sótero del Río Hospital project, in Chile, for recovering 165,181 tonnes of waste generated on-site, amounting to more than 93% of total site waste.

Proper waste management allows waste to be recovered and converted to recover raw materials, reintroducing them into the value chain and reducing environmental impact. 

The Zero Waste certification recognizes companies that recover at least 90% of their landfill-bound waste in order to give it a second life.

Sacyr promotes the circularity of materials at its projects, including materials coming from site earthworks, from which aggregates can be recovered. These are later used to produce concrete as the base material for structural fill and the laying down of project pathways. 

In addition, 100% of steel, wood, plastic, paper, and cardboard produced on site have been recovered.

This certification aligns with Sacyr’s Zero Waste Plan, which aims to increase the use of recycled materials, reach the 80% threshold of recovered waste and promote closer collaboration throughout the value chain.

Over the past year, Sacyr has recovered 97% of construction and demolition waste (CDW) and has reduced the generation of hazardous waste by 45%. 

The Zero Waste certification, promoted by the OECD, UNEP, G-20, EU and the National Waste Management Plan, seeks to maximize prevention and waste recovery in companies, promoting a responsible, sustainable and efficient use of materials, incorporating the resulting byproducts back into production. 

This recognition also aligns with Chilean Government policies, which in 2020 launched the RCD Circular Economy in Construction Roadmap, a long-term planning instrument for the transition towards a circular economy. 

Sótero del Río Hospital

Sacyr is delivering Sótero del Río Hospital, which will be the largest hospital facility in Chile, with 217,630 sqm in surface. The final facility will include 44 wards and 710 beds, as well as 56 urgent care medical areas and 380 additional medical facilities. The project currently stands at 90% progress. 

Scheduled for completion in November 2027, this project will become the largest healthcare facility with the most specializations in Chile, providing inpatient and outpatient hospital services in the southwestern area of Santiago, serving 10% of the country’s population. 

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