‘No’ to rubbish plant
Town hall and residents urge rethink over waste transfer station
Residents say they do not want huge waste transfer station
By Nuria Pérez A MASSIVE waste management plant is being planned for San Miguel de Salinas by the Vega Baja waste management consortium.
The scheme has been made public by San Miguel environment councillor María José Costa, San Miguel Arcángel residents’ association and the Residuo Cero association.
The project has been submitted by a private company and backed by the consortium’s Socialist party (PSOE) majority.
Sra Costa said it has been planned for a site which is around three kilometres outside the town centre but they do not know where.
She vowed that the council will use ‘all legal means’ to stop the plant but admitted the consortium has the legal power to press ahead.
Sra Costa labelled it a ‘death sentence for the local economy’, which is mainly based on agriculture and the building of holiday homes.
She claimed that very little information about the scheme has been provided by the consortium and they have not been allowed a copy of the project.
“This is an outdated and unsustainable waste management process and we refuse to treat the waste from Pilar de la Horadada, Torrevieja or Orihuela Costa because we produce very small amounts of waste,” she said.
President of San Miguel Arcángel residents’ association and Residuo Cero, Manuel Gómez said the plant is supposed to process around 100,000 tonnes of waste a year and 60% of it cannot be recycled.
Both Sr Gómez and Sra Costa agreed that the scheme is suspicious because no information has been given.
They hit out at the lack of transparency.
“Where is all that waste going to be temporarily stored until it can be sorted in the plant?” asked Sr Gómez.
“Where is the 60% of the unrecyclable waste going to be dumped?”
“Is it going to be burnt and if so where is the incinerating plant?”
“These facilities usually stand very close to the plant.”
Sr Gómez urged the consortium to have a change of heart and bring in a sustainable waste collection and management procedure, as has been done in other parts of the Valencia region.
He noted that increasing amounts of waste have become one of the main environmental problems in the world and stressed that residents have to change their mindset too and start producing less rubbish.
The Vega Baja is undergoing a rubbish crisis as there is no transfer site in the area where waste from towns such as Torrevieja and Orihuela can be sorted before being taken to landfill sites.
Town halls are currently paying high transport costs to take rubbish produced by the local population and tourists to plants outside the area.
A general view of the municipality of San Miguel de Salinas