Bahrain: AN international cleaning company has promised to employ dozens of Bahrainis as it gears up to take over waste management services in two governorates in July.
The Works, Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry signed a five-year deal with Urbaser in December last year to offer cleaning services in the Southern and Northern governorates.
The Spain-based multi-national company will replace troubled Sphinx Services which has been working on temporary contracts, renewed every six months, for the past two years.
A total of 100 of Sphinx’s Bahraini employees will be transferred to the new company.
However, more than 150 vacancies are still available and Urbaser said it would soon be posting details in the media.
The company is also accepting applications for jobs such as drivers, supervisors or in the administration at its offices in Almoayyed Tower in Seef.
“We have received many applications after posting details in the media and will be advertising for some more vacancies,” Urbaser general manager Luis Manuel de la Campa told the GDN.
He spoke about the company’s plans during a regular Southern Municipal Council meeting held at the Southern Municipality building in West Riffa. A total of 1,100 non-Bahrainis have already been hired by the company, which currently provides cleaning services in 20 countries in South America, North Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
A 18,000sqm land in Askar is being rented by the company to park more than 200 cleaning vehicles, out of which 100 are big trucks, 35 to 40 are medium-sized trucks and the rest are small vehicles.
A labour camp will also be built on the land to provide accommodation for non-Bahraini workers. More than 7,000 bins will be placed across the two governorates, which is more than twice the number of bins currently being used.
“We are currently conducting a survey, which is 75 per cent completed, and so far it showed that the two areas have no more than 3,000 bins,” said Mr de la Campa.
An awareness campaign to educate people about recycling will also be launched and four pilot recycling points will be placed in the two governorates.
“We have to first educate people on how to recycle. The company will be placing mobile points that can be moved around and at the same time carry out an awareness campaign,” he said.
“The five years of operation could just be an education stage. It took people in Spain more than 20 years to understand recycling, so we have to first provide people with the education they need about it and then take our plans forward.”
A toll-free hotline and a website are being set up to enable people to alert the company of any abandoned piles of rubbish or to report a complaint.