Torrevieja will expand the number of tons of solid urban waste that it sends to the transfer facility of Cañada Hermosa, in Murcia, due to the works that are being developed in the Elche and Jijona plants. The mayor of Torrevieja, José Manuel Dolón, and the Councilor for the Environment, and first vice president of the Vega Baja Sustainable Consortium, Fanny Serrano, have received the Director General of Climate Change, Joan Piquer, and the President of the aforementioned Manuel Pineda consortium, plan the management of the waste of Torrevieja during the high season, both Easter and summer when the city reaches general up to 5,000 tons per month.
The mayor thanked the efforts of the organisms of the Generalitat and the regional consortium to improve the quality of life of citizens. The first mayor recalled that Torrevieja is the municipality that generates the largest number of waste “and depend on other points of the province to treat them”, municipalities to which he has thanked their “solidarity.” With the meeting today and other previous contacts that have remained “we are planning with time the waste management even if there is a sustained increase in them, we want to avoid being caught by surprise where we have to make shipments in the summer and for There is very good understanding among all those involved. ”
Audio of the press conference at the City Hall of Torrevieja
For his part, Piquer explained that due to the works being carried out in the Elche and Jijona plant, Torrevieja, as happened last summer, will be forced to take part of the waste generated to Cañada Hermosa, in Murcia, thanks to the administrative concessions with which the Conselleria counts for it. These are agreements that are already subscribed.
In Elche and Villena are going to address investments to improve waste treatment plants “with more than 15 years old in which there has never been any investment, are plants of the last century with yields of the last century,” said Piquer who has qualified that it would be necessary to ask for explanations to those who in the last legislature removed from the table the possibility of investing more than 30 million euros in the Jijona plant.
In addition, in his speech he stressed the importance of “making residents aware that the management of waste in the region must be done in the region itself, through the management of collection at source.” The district of Vega Baja is the second largest geographical area of the Valencian Community, which is why a network of treatment facilities is being planned that will entail “co-responsibility among the municipalities” as they will be installed in some logistics areas, in others the organic treatment, pruning or bulky treatment. Likewise, it has reported that they have 20 million euros of European funds for the improvement of mobile and fixed ecoparks, amount with which they have begun the tender of about eight units to serve the region.
He also recalled the 800,000 euros entered in the budget of the Generalitat to finance a transfer plant in the region that almost certainly will run in the town of Dolores.
The president of the Consortium has announced that Torrevieja will have free access to 400 new containers, of the 1,000 that have been awarded to the Comarca, through the agreement signed between the Generalitat and Ecoembes, resources that will help to meet the objectives set by the European guidelines for fifty percent waste and fifty percent recycling. The city is already a leader in glass recycling.
Finally, Serrano has indicated that waste management in Torrevieja is a priority, “since as a result of the CEO’s exposure, Torrevieja is ‘distributing’ its waste in up to five different plants, with the cost and organizational problems that this entails ; It is an untenable situation. Last summer we had to solve the destiny of waste every day, a real nightmare that with this planning we are going to alleviate. We need a legal transfer plant as soon as possible. “