The president of the entity, Manuel Pineda, says that “the road has been difficult because of the issues that were prosecuted, but we are closer to the solution”
Orihuela May 25, 2018
The Vega Baja Sostenible Consortium participated yesterday in the second conference on waste management and circular economy of the Region of Murcia, organized by the Association of Environment Companies. The president of the entity, Manuel Pineda, took part in the round table ‘Territorial policies in waste management for the transition to the circular economy’, in which the General Director of Climate Change and Environmental Quality, Joan Piquer Huerga, also participated; the General Director of Environment and Mar Menor (CARM), Antonio Luengo and the General Director of Environment and Sustainability of the City of Malaga, Luis Medina.
Pineda showed the progress made by the Consortium since 2015 and “the efforts and administrative work” so that the Vega Baja has transfer and treatment plants. “The way for the region to have these facilities is being difficult because of the issues that are currently being prosecuted, but we are much closer to the solution,” the president said.
The consortium has exposed its current management model in the second day of waste and circular economy held in the neighboring region
The technical seminars dealt with fundamental issues in waste management such as recycling and the new European regulations that will be applied. In this sense, the speakers outlined these issues whose information has been reflected in recent weeks in the media, as the European Parliament has approved some legislative amendments whose bill includes that by 2025 at least 55% of waste Municipalities (from households and businesses) will have to be recycled. These objectives will increase to 60% in 2030 and 65% in 2035.
The bill also limits the proportion of municipal waste that can be taken to landfills to a maximum of 10% by 2035. Attendees and participants in the conference also explained that Spain is still far from those objectives. In this sense, as explained by Pineda, the Vega Baja Sostenible Consortium is making an effort to increase the recycling rates in the 27 municipalities and to make citizens aware of the importance of depositing each waste in a container. Thus, the “Recycling Challenge” campaign that will last until July is currently being developed in the region. An activity carried out jointly by the Consorcio, Ecoembes and the Generalitat Valenciana.
For his part, the General Director of Environmental Quality in the Valencian Community, Joan Piquer, also showed the milestones made in the matter of waste in the Valencian Community, as well as the facilities set up for that purpose. “When I arrived at the Conselleria I said that the most important thing in a waste plant was the visits, that it could be visited and that everyone could see with total transparency what is done there,” said Piquer, who also detailed some improvements that they will be made in several plants of the Community.