Hired Trucks for the Panamanian Urban Cleaning Authority

The agency is currently spending $1 million a month on hiring garbage trucks.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Mismanagement of the trucks has led the authority to abandon the option of having its own fleet of vehicles, opting for rental instead.

For the next 12 months the institution plans to spend $16.8 million on rental payments, which is currently distributed between about 7 companies at a rate of $65 per hour.

This week sees the start of a series of tenders in which the the AAUD (Panamanian Urban Cleaning Authority) is looking for longer term truck rentals; one tender has been announced for 15 trucks for 3 months, next week there will be another tender also for 15 truck for 3 months, and shortly an announcement will be made for a tender for 50 trucks for 12 months.

The newspaper Panama America reported that the amount expected to be spent in rent over the next 12 months would be enough to buy 83 trucks.

The article adds: "While these contracts are in place, the director of the AAUD, Henry Ho, said it expects to begin negotiations for a "leasing" (rent to own) of 35 to 40 new compactor trucks, for a period of 3 to 4 years. He said the goal of these negotiations is to obtain a similar rate to that paid today for the rent of each truck, $65 per service hour, including maintenance and fuel. "



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Panama Buys Garbage Trucks

January 2014

The Authority of Urban and Household Waste Disposal is studying the acquisition of new trucks for garbage collection in the district of Panama.

The Authority of Urban and Household Waste Disposal (AAUD by its initials in Spanish) is discussing the acquisition of new trucks for waste collection in the district of Panama. So far they have not said how many vehicles are needed.

$14 million to Hire 30 Trucks

May 2013

The Government of Panama has approved the State Authority for Urban and Household Sanitation a credit of $14 million for the rental of thirty trucks for garbage collection.

From a press release issued by the Presidency of Honduras:

The Cabinet Council approved a resolution authorizing a loan in favor of the Cleaning Authority in the amount of $14 million and supported the signing of a nonreimbursable technical cooperation agreement with Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) for $350,000 for implementation of the project Urban Park Mangrove in the Bay of Panama.

Landfill Concession Cancelled in Panama

July 2011

The Urban Cleaning Authority (AAUD) has ordered the cancelation of the concession that had been granted to the Colombian company Gelmas, for garbage collection and disposal in Anton.

The concession was awarded last week by the City Council of Anton to Gelmas, who promised to build a new landfill in the El Jobo area.

Panama Invites Bids for Waste Collection Services

October 2010

With the approval of the law which creates the Authority for Urban and Household Cleaning, the bidding process has started to contract waste collection.

The new Authority will take over duties of waste collection on January 1, 2011.

"The Institute for National Water and Sewerage continue charging the fee until the new authority requests gradual transfer of the customer base and approves new tariffs to users" reported Prensa.com.

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