Organisers claimed that almost 3000 people attended the rally on Sunday to protest against the construction of a new landfill site in Albatera, situated adjacent to a populated area in an area of natural beauty. A police spokesman, however, suggested that the figure was closer to 1300.
The protest was organised on the first anniversary of the founding of the group ‘Albatera – No to landfill’. Spokesman Manuel Antonio Marín said that the group wanted to celebrate the anniversary of its founding with a new protest to re-emphasise public objections to the building of the Plan Zonal Area Waste XVII (Vega Baja). He said that the Waste Consortium UTE Cespa-Ortiz had committed many breaches of the contract within the time of construction of the facility, that the project is outdated and it does not meet European environmental regulations.
The platform states that the contractor must indemnify the municipalities in the region because, due to their inefficiency, municipalities have been forced to transport their waste to other locations (Xixona, Elche, Elche, Murcia, Alicante and Villena) which has resulted in an increase in taxes for their citizens.
The aim of the group is to participate in the creation of a new zoning plan for the disposal of waste in the area but they want to avoid any commitment to incineration plants which they say have become fashionable but are difficult to maintain.
One idea is that each of the municipalities involved makes its own separate collection of waste which it separates with the use of a labour pool made up of the unemployed. Any items found to be recyclable can then be sold off to recycling companies.
Marin believes that in this way the region can reduce rubbish by up to 80% and avoid building big holes to deposit the trash, but he admits that for this to succeed there is a need to raise awareness amongst the public.
However, in the case of a waste plant becoming necessary, the platform consider that it should be built on the coast, because that is the area from where most waste is generated. In this way there would be enormous savings on transportation as the need to take the waste inland would become unnecessary.
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