Waste management centre in Gipuzkoa

In Gipuzkoa, a major debate has started up regarding the management of waste, caused by the project to construct an incineration plant. Their defenders maintain that it is a technology on the rise in Europe and that it is compatible with recycling, while its critics reject this premise and hold that incineration, as well as being harmful to health and the environment, goes against recycling, insofar as it destroys raw materials that could be recovered. Since they accessed public office in 2011, the current managers of GHK, the publicwaste management company in the province of Gipuzkoa, have dedicated their efforts to devising a new alternative project related to the recycling objectives set by the European Environment Commission, such as the mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant presented at this conference. The latest rejected product from this MBT would meet the inertisation criteria necessary and would go to the recovery of degraded areas, such as the recovery proposal for the Osinbeltz abandoned quarry.

In the previous political legislature (2008-2011), a waste management model based on incineration was planned, which provoked extensive public debate on the suitability of the proposed technology. This debate, nevertheless, transcended the boundaries of the technical environment and became a topic of political confrontation, leading to unprecedented media coverage and a radicalisation of positions. The planning which considered the need for an incinerator plant was supported by correctprogrammatic bases, in that it was inspired by the waste management hierarchy of the European Union, which are, in the following order, prevention, reuse, recycling, other recovery and elimination. However, the prognosis carried out was wrong, as it described a waste generation scenario on the rise, when reality has shown the opposite; i.e., the effects of the economic crisis together with active pro-recycling policies have shown that every day we are generating less waste, which calls into question the Need for an incineration plant. From the data that was in the possession of the planners when designing the incineration plant, we know that they were aware of this reality but, nevertheless, they decidedto go ahead with a project that was, by any reckoning, oversized, as all of the politicalrepresentatives now admit.Specifically, the complex in its entirety was dimensioned to treat a quantity of 320,000t/year of waste, which once treated in an MBT bio-drying plant, would be reduced to 260,000 t/year. This was the nominal capacity for which the incineration plant was designed.



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