The quality of municipal solid waste treatment in the province of Malaga has taken a big step forward with the commissioning of the new treatment and composting plant at the Malaga Provincial Council environmental complex in Valsequillo (Antequera).
This facility, which will enable 40% of domestic waste to be recycled, is managed by the Consorcio Provincial de Residuos Sólidos Urbanos de Málaga (Malaga Provincial Municipal Solid Waste Consortium). The plant serves 91 municipalities in the Malaga districts of Serranía de Ronda, Antequera, Guadalorce and Vélez-Málaga. It will treat an estimated total of 270,000 tonnes of waste per annum. The new facility required investment of €17,4 million and has the potential to create 70 direct jobs.
Speaking at the inauguration at the end of October 2016, José Fiscal, Regional Minister for the Environment of the Government of Andalusia, referred to the Valsequillo MSW treatment plant as one of the most modern in the region. The largest budgetary item corresponded to the acquisition of machinery and equipment, which accounted for just under €9.2 million. The remaining €17,4 million was spent on different areas of construction. The regional minister highlighted the role of the Agencia Pública de Medio Ambiente y Agua (Public Environmental and Water Agency), which was responsible for the tendering procedure and works management. The work on the new plant was carried by the URBASER- CISUR- TRAMEI consortium.
Leblan provided the company’s integrated turnkey service to the Valsequillo Waste Treatment Plant. The treatment process consists of a number of classification and sorting stages for different fractions of the waste stream, followed by storage or handling in accordance with its potential destination, basically recycling, reuse or reject.
DESCRIPTION OF THE FACILITY
Operations at the Valsequillo MSW Treatment Plant in Antequera are carried out in a number of stages undertaken in the different facilities and areas of the plant. These stages include waste reception, unloading of trucks, feeding of the process lines in the waste reception building, sorting and classification of materials, fermentation treatment of the organic waste, maturation of the organic mass, compost refining and disposal of reject. The sorting process has the objective of suitable separation of recoverable fractions; on the one hand organic matter (which can be sent to the composting process) and on the other hand, recovery by means of manual or mechanical sorting of paper & board, drinks cartons, plastics and metals from the commingled fraction of MSW.
Plant Report published in: FuturENVIRO December 2016 – January 2017