The adjudication of the waste plant of the Environmental Complex of Tenerife is void

The Arico Green Gass joint venture will ultimately not be awarded the new waste plant for the Tenerife Environmental Complex, which was intended to treat almost 130,000 tons per year, given that it has not complied with the technical or economic requirements established by the Island Council.

The Minister of Ecological Transition, Javier Rodríguez, has reported that the needs in terms of waste management are notable on this island and the declaration of desertion of this process is bad news, because it will delay the implementation of the paradigm shift management of waste on the island that has been sought so much“.

However, he has pointed out, “the Cabildo is and will be jealously rigorous in the bidding and award processes that are convened and, therefore, if the proposals do not comply, they will be dismissed as required by law.”

To this he added that the bidding process for plot AG2 complied with the guidelines of the Insular Land Management Plan (PIOT) and the Special Territorial Plan for Waste Management (PTEOR), and indicated that the rejection of the proposal was due to Strictly administrative matters.

Rodríguez Medina has insisted that “the effort that this government team is making to provide a solution to large-scale needs, such as waste management and proper treatment of wastewater, with significant investments and actions that will allow a turnaround in the situation that has been dragging the island for decades”.

The CC-PNC group in the Cabildo has highlighted that “it is good news that waste is not burned and what the Cabildo has to do is bet on composting, as stated in the Special Territorial Plan for Waste Management” .

Thus, he points out in a note that the non-awarding of the plant “is a failure of Pedro Martín and the PSOE” and points out that the report of the technical service of Sustainable Development of the Cabildo states that the documentation presented by the three companies that make up the UTE “it does not prove, with respect to any of them, their status as waste managers to carry out recovery operations in a facility, not complying with the requirement of business or professional qualification required to participate in the tender”.

For CC-PNC, “we are facing a real setback for Pedro Martín, who has sold the incinerator as the great solution to waste.”

In this regard, the nationalist formation points out that in January of this year an extraordinary plenary session was held –at the nationalist request– in which the paralysis of the process was approved by a majority.

“The PSOE breached the agreement and went ahead with its idea of ​​installing it and now its intention has been frustrated because the company does not meet the requirements, since they are not waste managers,” they point out.

Opportunity to regain consensus

Now, he believes that this stoppage “is an opportunity to resume the political and social consensus that existed in the last mandate to promote recycling and that goes through the installation of composting plants to transform organic matter into a sustainable resource.”

According to the nationalists, “the PSOE is going against the will of the majority of society, since neither the Cabildo nor the Arico City Council nor the environmental associations agreed with the installation of that infrastructure that was ultimately going to burn the gas.

In this regard, remember that the European regulations on waste management say that it is necessary to reduce, reuse, recycle, value and bury.

“Here they had skipped the first three steps and wanted to go directly to waste recovery. We hope that they reconsider and bet on composting, as indicated by the PTEOR”, they comment.

The colective noincinerationtenerife highlights, for its part, that this mandate “has gone to waste” after two years of work in which the Cabildo, finally, has realized that Arico Green Gass was not accredited as an authorized waste manager.

For this reason, they assure that “there will be no biomethanization and even the sewage sludge will continue to cause a serious health problem in that landfill against Community and Spanish legislation for a long time.”

Along these lines, they indicate biomethanization “was nothing that would provide great solutions” but “it is always better than nothing and it has been done in Gran Canaria for at least twenty years.”

“Well, not even that here now,” they add, basically due to “political stubbornness” in seeking any “way out” other than implementing the Waste Plan (PTEOR) that was approved in 2009 unanimously by the plenary session of the Cabildo and with a broad social consensus.

“Tremendous what is coming at us in an issue in which we advance, or rather retreat, like headless chickens in the hands of politicians lacking vision and without any ambition to turn this chaos around in the only possible way, the PTEOR expired since 2016 but is still there as the only viable reference”, they detail.

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