FER congress in Benidorm brings together over 400 representatives of the Spanish recycling industry

Ion Olaeta, President of FER, has called for increased budget allocations from the government’s Recovery and Resilience Plan for non-municipal waste streams, “which also form part of the green economy investment lines”. Valencian Regional Minister for Ecological Transition, Mireia Mollà, points to reduction, reuse and recycling as “fundamental pillars for recovery, rural population levels and the transformation of waste into resources”.

Ion Olaeta, President of the Spanish Federation of Recovery and Recycling (FER), recently inaugurated the 18th edition of the National Recovery and Recycling Congress. He was accompanied at the opening ceremony by the Hon. Mireia Mollà, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development, Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition of the Regional Government of Valencia, and Ms. Ana Pellicer, acting Mayoress of Benidorm.

In his inauguration speech, Olaeta stressed the importance of an event taking place once again after being suspended last year due to the health pandemic: “In addition to our capacity for resilience, COVID-19 has tested the strength of businesses and, with it, that of governments and institutions, at both national and European level. And it is in this difficult context that the importance of our industry and the service we provide to society has been demonstrated once again” said the President of FER to a full hall of more than 400 attendees.

As proof of the essential nature of the recycling industry since the declaration of the first state of alarm in Spain, Olaeta pointed out that the European Commission’s Recovery Plan for Europe “has been linked to the European Green Deal, which in turn has been linked to the Circular Economy Action Plan”.

“To date, most of the lines of funding of the government’s Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan have been allocated to municipal waste”. For this reason, I take this opportunity to call for greater budget allocations for other waste streams, which are also part of the investment lines of the green economy, as established in the European Green Deal targets”.