FCC responds to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

FCC responds to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

Company doubles fleet size in Houston, helps Polk County, Florida, in advance of contract start date.

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September 13, 2017
Recycling Today Staff
Municipal Solid Waste

FCC tanker trailer in Houston
Madrid-based FCC Environmental Services has responded to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma by clearing floodwaters and aiding small businesses in Houston, as well as taking part in the cleanup operation in Polk County, Florida.

The global waste management and recycling company says it deployed its tanker trailers fleet in collaboration with the city of Houston in the remediation of the flood waters. FCC reports its fleet is working 24/7 to assist the city of Houston in evacuating the waters on Houston streets sewer system. At the city's request, FCC doubled the fleet size to accommodate the city of Houston's needs, which is helping flood waters to recede from the city. 

With the company’s North American headquarters located in Houston, FCC also confirmed its participation and commitment to the Houston Rising Recovery Fund for small businesses and MWBE (minority and women-owned enterprises). It is estimated that 40 percent of small businesses were directly damaged by Harvey and job losses may rise as businesses struggle to resume their operations.

“Once we heard of the issues that will affect Houston in the recovery process, we decided that the Houston Rising Small Business Fund has an important role in stabilizing our local economy,” says FCC Environmental Services CEO Inigo Sanz.

As Hurricane Irma swept through Polk County, it soon became clear that a large-scale trash collection operation would be needed to clear the tons of debris. Although FCC’s waste collection contract with the local authority was not scheduled to begin until Oct. 2, 2017, county officials requested the company's assistance to begin storm preparations Sept. 7 before Irma made her landfall.

Understanding the challenge, FCC responded by deploying its fleet within 24 hours to complete the removal of debris prior to Irma’s landfall for the safety of Polk residents. The action ensured garbage, bulk items, recycling and yard waste were not left exposed to Hurricane Irma’s forecasted strong winds which swept through Polk County.

The news that FCC agreed to provide services prior to its start date was welcomed by Polk County officials.

“We knew that if Irma was going to live up to the forecasted wind strength, the residents of Polk County would have many other things to concern themselves, trash collection should not be one of those concerns. We stepped up to do our part as members of this beautiful community, says Sanz. “It is part of our corporate culture to be good citizens.”

It was reported that the Board of County Commissioners were appreciative of FCC’s goodwill of stepping up to help serve Polk County citizens before they were contractually obligated to do so, the company says. FCC is also continuing the collections after the hurricane and says it is committed to assure Polk County residents that it will work diligently to help during the aftermath of the storm.