Malaga Provincial Council studies alternatives for treatment of waste in Valsequillo landfill

The Malaga Provincial Council is examining alternatives for the treatment of municipal solid waste at the Valsequillo Environmental Complex, located in Antequera. This landfill, managed by the Consorcio Provincial de Residuos Sólidos Urbanos de Málaga (Malaga Provincial Municipal Solid Waste Consortium), receives around 680,000 kilos of household waste (from the grey container) per day from 91 municipalities in the province (248,000 tonnes per annum).

The current procedure for disposing of this organic waste is to bury it in the landfill cell at the Valsequillo complex. When the composting plant is up and running, it will be possible to reuse 30% of this waste as compost but the remainder will still have to be landfilled. The problem is that, at this rate, the service life of the landfill will end in 2029.

Speaking on the issue, deputy for Sustainability and president of the Consorcio Provincial de Residuos Sólidos Urbanos, Francisco Delgado Bonilla, explains that, “because it is impossible to continue extending Valsequillo and given the difficulty of finding other sites in the province for a larger landfill, the Provincial Council is working to find other alternatives to prevent the landfilling of such a large quantity of waste”.

Other experts expressed similar views at the end of March in the course of a seminar on “The future of municipal waste in the province of Malaga”. New waste treatment procedures were discussed at the seminar, including incineration plants and material recovery facilities, which are particularly eco-friendly.

Delgado Bonilla pointed out that, within the context of analysing new alternatives, directors and technical staff of the Consorcio Provincial de Residuos Sólidos Urbanos recently participated in the 5th Relagres Seminar, entitled “The contribution of waste to sustainable development and climate change”. The event was held in Mataró a few days ago and was attended by over 250 professionals responsible for waste management in different Latin American and European countries.

Incineration

Within the framework of the event, representatives of the Consorcio Provincial de Residuos Sólidos Urbanos visited the Maresme integrated waste recovery centre, which features an incineration plant for treatment of the rest fraction (i.e., waste from the grey container).

Delgado Bonilla points out that “energy recovery from waste enables renewable to be generated and, therefore, serves to combat climate change”. For this reason, energy recovery could be one of the procedures implemented at the Valsequillo complex, which, apart from the landfill, boasts a light-packaging sorting plant, a C&D waste treatment plant and a composting plant due to go into operation this year.

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