A new controversy has shaken the garbage of the Arico Environmental Complex, in those continuous disagreements between the manager, the Cabildo and the municipality that welcomes him, Arico. All as a result of the public tender for the AG-2 plot of 27,700 square meters of private use to install a recycling polygon (waste evaluation facility), in which some, such as Sí Podemos in the Cabildo and the local government itself from Arico, they understand the incineration of waste could occur.
Javier Rodriguez Medina, the island councilor in charge of the area, flatly denies that “waste will be burned in the Arico Complex”, adding that “an artificial controversy has been created, which does not exist” and this will be sent to the councilors of Yes, we can in the Cabildo, who have complained about a lack of transparency in the bidding process. “They have been present in the monitoring commission of the Tenerife waste plan since March 17, 2020”, recalled the counselor. Regarding the specifications that are imposed on companies that present themselves to the tender, Rodríguez focused on section 1.1.2, which details that “(…) pyrolysis, gasification or gasification processes are admissible. plasma and the energy valuation by oxidation incineration is excluded ”, in short, that the Cabildo“ prioritizes recycling over energy valuation, which is literally excluded from the process. It is not interpretable ”.
The counselor insists that “the Socialist Party is against incineration, I believe that the technological development that we enjoy today allows us to transform waste into new resources, that is why we demand and prioritize recycling over other technologies in the specifications, A different issue is that we do not exclude energy valuation in processes other than incineration “, recalling that” almost 600,000 tons of waste enter the Arico Environmental Complex every year and more than 80% are buried and that is the scenario with the one we want to finish ”.
And he also had a message for the mayor of Arico, noting that “I am surprised when he criticizes the energy assessment, when on September 15 he granted a municipal building license to a pyrolysis plant (chemical decomposition of organic matter and all kinds of materials, except metals and glass, caused by heating at high temperatures in the absence of oxygen) therefore I think it is a controversy that is being fed with the sole intention of eroding the island government ”.
Mayor of Arico
The mayor of Arico, Sebastian Martin, expressed his indignation in Onda Tenerife about the proposal to install an incinerator of the Environmental Complex “if we already had enough with the set of mistakes by the Cabildo, now they are taking something that was already buried under the sleeve that is the subject of the incinerator ”. Martín declares that it can be called by different names, but what the tender document says is that with certain techniques the burning of garbage will be produced.
He also emphasized the Cabildo’s ways of not having Arico “when we are talking about the need for compensation from the PIRS and seeking to reduce the impact of the municipality’s landfill, now they are going to burn the garbage in our own municipality, instead of looking for other alternatives such as the Organic Matter Reuse Plant ”. Faced with this situation, the Ariquero alderman proposes solutions under the protection of a plan accepted by the island institution “what is needed is to execute the Waste Management Plan approved by the Council of Tenerife that contemplates the development of the Treatment Plants of Matter Organic, the implementation of clean points throughout the island and, above all, the policy of education, training and awareness of the population ”.
Given the concern of the neighborhood associations, especially in those population centers near the landfill and the loss of value of the land, farms and nearby houses, the mayor was forceful in terms of the institutional position of the local council “from the City Council we are not going to allow an incinerator or a plant to burn the garbage ”.
Given the concern of the neighborhood associations, especially in those population centers near the landfill and the loss of value of the land, farms and nearby houses, the mayor was forceful in terms of the institutional position of the local council “from the City Council We are not going to allow an incinerator or a plant to burn the garbage, we are going to have the support of all social groups, the Government and, I hope, the opposition parties ”.
“It is a lack of respect, one more. We do not understand when we do the review of the reasons why the municipality of Arico is not given the historical compensation for Public Works that it has always been given and now it seems that it has been paralyzed, “he said.
Sebastián Martín was in favor of dialogue and negotiation with the insular institution, but always bearing in mind the times “we are waiting for some institutional and political negotiations to see if we can arrange a technical and political meeting and advance in that negotiation. We are going to give a reasonable time and if it is extended in time, we will take measures ”.