THE company Anglobalear de Servicios e Higiene (ABH) is one of the firms authorised by the environment ministry to collect and treat dangerous waste.
It is the authorised manager of health waste from most of the hospitals on the island, but it also manages electronic appliances, expired medicines, photography liquids, antifreeze, graphic arts inks, dissolvents, oil filters, lacquers, batteries, and fluorescent lights. According to the latest calculations, the Balearics produced around 64'000 tons of dangerous waste in 2004. ABH collects around 3'000 tons a year, most of it from hospitals. Owner Jesús de Benito, manager Jacinto Feliu and technical director Cristobal Carrillo explained that they handle all types of dangerous waste except radioactive waste and explosives. In the case of dangerous waste from hospitals, they do not treat it, but take it immediately to the centre where it is sterilised.
ABH has a staff of 33 and a fleet of 14 specially adapted vehicles which take the waste to the premises in Marratxi, where it is classified and prepared for transport to the Peninsula.