‘No’ to rub­bish plant

Town hall and res­i­dents urge re­think over waste trans­fer sta­tion

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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

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