Local Daily News 28th July

The Consell processes the authorization of new rubbish dumps after the failure of the plan to treat the waste

More landfills in the province because only one in five people from Alicante, 20% of the population, selects the garbage before depositing it in the containers, and the municipalities and Consell look the other way when it comes to enforcing the decree approved in 2020 The Ministry of Ecological Transition is currently processing the construction or expansion of new garbage dumps in Monóvar, Xixona, El Campello and Alicante “before the resounding failure of its management” as reported yesterday by Carlos Arribas, spokesman for Ecologista en Acción.

Half of the municipal waste generated in the province continues to be deposited in landfills. Specifically, permits are currently being processed for the construction of new municipal waste dumps with a capacity of 5.4 million cubic metres and an area of ​​33 hectares. Monóvar, in the Middle Vinalopó, will house two industrial waste dumps with an area of ​​almost 22 hectares. One of them will be hazardous waste, the only one that would be operational in the Valencian Community. In the same area, the CREA consortium promotes another municipal waste dump. Alicante, El Campello and Xixona will also see their infrastructures expanded.

Ecologists in Action has made public this Wednesday a statement in which it denounces that the Department of Ecological Transition has returned to the processing of new landfills “due to the resounding failure of its management”, according to the spokesman for the conservation group, Carlos Arribas. Half of municipal waste continues to be deposited in landfills. Monóvar, in the Middle Vinalopó, will host two industrial waste dumps with an area of ​​almost 22 hectares. One of them will be hazardous waste. Another municipal waste dump is being promoted in the same area.

The main problem is that the regional waste plan itself was approved by decree, not backed by a law, so it does not incorporate, for example, sanctions, so that in the end it remains a mere list of recommendations, Carlos Arribas denounces , spokesperson for Ecologists in Action. In the province, only one in five people from Alicante, 20% of the population, selects the waste by throwing it into the container.

The jurisdiction is municipal. Until now, the municipalities have looked the other way, but since June 30 the scenario in Spain has changed. The State Law came into force that requires all municipalities with more than 5,000 inhabitants to separate the garbage, risking being sanctioned.

The dumping of waste was the main destination of municipal waste in 2019 -latest published data-, 50% of the total generated (1.23 of the 2.46 million tons) and “it is demonstrative of the resounding failure in the management of waste”, according to Ecologistas en Acción.

The Metropolitan Entity for Waste Treatment (EMTRE) of the Valencia metropolitan area is processing the construction of a new landfill in Dos Aguas with a capacity of 3.17 million m³ and an area of ​​18 hectares, with a useful life of 13, 3 years. This landfill would be located next to the two existing ones, one already silted and the other close to silting with a useful life of 2 years.

In a more advanced process is the expansion of the Xixona landfill with two new cells with a capacity of 2.3 million m³ and an area of ​​15 hectares, which would double the capacity of the currently existing landfill that is practically clogged. The request for the permit by Ferrovial (now PreZero) is in the process of hearing the interested parties, after the formulation of a firm proposal for the integrated environmental authorization.

In the Monóvar City Council, a Special Plan is processed by the company Gemesa S.L. to locate two new industrial waste dumps in La Solana, with surfaces of 18.73 and 3.16 hectares for non-hazardous waste and hazardous waste, respectively. In that area, the Consorcio de Residuos del Medio y Alto Vinalopó intends to locate a new municipal waste dump, after the clogging of the dump located in Villena in 2018.

For this, it has put out to tender the elaboration of a hydrogeological study on land owned by that company. This hazardous waste dump would be the only one in operation in the Valencian Country, after the closure at the end of the last century of the hazardous waste dump of the company VER S.L. in the area of ​​Cabeza del Pino in Real de Montroi (Ribera Alta del Xúquer), after an intense neighbourhood fight.

The dumping of municipal waste is the main management activity carried out in the Valencian Community and one of those with the greatest environmental impact (generation of greenhouse gases, generation of leachate, possible contamination of aquifers…). The official data for 2019 from the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, the latest published, show that the discharge in the ten existing landfills reached 50% of the total generated (1.23 million tons compared to 2.46 million tons). ).

Projects for the expansion of various landfills close to their silting are currently being drafted, in the case of the landfill of Les Canyades in El Campello or that of the city of Alicante in Fontcalent.

“This activity to expand the dumping of waste actually contradicts the policy advocated by the Government of the Botanical Garden and shows the resounding failure of that policy carried out since 2015, which has only taken timid steps towards Zero Waste”, Carlos Arribas denounces. Efficient separate collection of bio-waste is yet to be developed, prevention policies in waste generation are absent and waste collection is focused on the rest fraction without prior separation in households, which mostly ends up in landfills.

The average useful life of the 12 landfills in the Community is 5.3 years, although several of them are in their final phase of life, as is the case in Xixona, El Campello, Dos Aguas and Pedralba. The expansion of the Xixona, Dos Aguas and Pedralba landfills is already being processed, although they still do not have the approval of the Generalitat. In Onda and Villena, with closed dumps, new macro dumps are planned. “There is a lack of publication of data on waste management in the Valencian Country, the responsibility of the Ministry of Ecological Transition,” Carlos Arribas denounces.

According to the data provided by the Ministry of Ecological Transition, at the request of Ecologists in Action of the Valencian Country, in 2019 1.4 million tons of waste were deposited in the 12 active landfills in the Community, after the recent clogging of the landfills of Villena and Wave. Most of this waste is domestic, commercial or similar to domestic (1.32 million tons), and the rest is industrial waste that is deposited in the two private landfills that receive it (Novelda-Lurima and Villena-Recimed). Of the latter industrial waste, demolition and construction waste (31,090 tons) and those from the leather and clothing industries (21,517 tons) stand out.

The dumping of waste continues to be the main destination of the garbage generated in the province, around 60%, far from the 35% required by the State Waste Framework Plan and the Comprehensive Waste Plan of the Valencian Community. In 2017, 1.34 million tons of domestic and assimilable waste were dumped, and from 2015 to 2019 that amount has increased, since those amounts dumped in the 12 landfills is greater.

Monóvar aspires to house the new landfill of the Crea Waste Consortium, which encompasses 14 municipalities in the Vinalopó Alto and Medio and Foia de Castalla regions, to replace the Villena plant, which has already seen its capacity exceeded. The alternative presented by the municipality of Monóvar is the only one existing to locate the new plant and currently, according to statements by the mayor of Monóvar himself, Alejandro García, in the presentation of the 2030 Agenda, “the technicians of the Generalitat are assessing the suitability of the land chosen in the area of ​​La Solana”. García also points out that “this project is included in the Monóvar 2030 Agenda as a factor that promotes the circular economy from recycling”.

The project for this macro-waste plant will have to pass a series of filters for its construction to be possible. The first of these is that the geotechnical and geological studies confirm the suitability of the land. The second would be the change of use of the affected land, since the current PGOU classifies it as rustic land of special protection. Hence the need for a modification of the PGOU or the approval of a special plan to be able to install the macro-plant.

Crevillenet will once again have a 24-hour ambulance after almost a decade of claims

The Generalitat will once again provide Crevillente with a 24-hour ambulance and the local government announces that an emergency centre will be set up to house the Basic Life Service, after learning that the municipality will have this assistance that is so demanded by the neighbourhood after it was abolished in 2013, almost a decade ago, due to the health cuts of the regional government at that time, they point out from the local executive.

This was explained this Wednesday by the mayor, José Manuel Penalva, after learning that the incorporation of a new ambulance to provide 24-hour service in Crevillente, and based in the town, has been included in the Technical Specifications for the contracting of the public land medical transport service of the Generalitat Valenciana.

“To achieve goals, perseverance and effort are very important, and that is what has made it possible, after many claims, to contemplate returning the Basic Vital Service to Crevillente, a health service that is totally necessary in our municipality. Since the beginning of the legislature, the three groups that make up the municipal government have worked to have an ambulance in Crevillente 24 hours a day and now we are going to work to provide this service with a new location so that it has the best conditions”, affirmed the mayor.

In relation to the above, Gema Candelaria Asencio, mayor of Health, reiterates that there have been many meetings, procedures and contacts made between the municipal government and the Ministry in relation to this issue, and has highlighted that the Generalitat Valenciana is working on perfecting a new bidding contract for the new emergency service in the Valencian Community, whose amount amounts to 343 million euros and which includes an ambulance for Crevillente that completes the 24-hour cycle and that its guard will be carried out in the municipality of Crevillent.

“Including Crevillente in this macro tender has not been an easy task but the work has borne fruit and, although a tender of this nature, with 343 million euros, is not within a short administrative process, we are pleased to know that We are already inside and that Crevillent will finally have the highly demanded 24-hour ambulance”, added Asencio.

Josep Candela, Councilor for Citizen Protection and Emergencies, explains that one of the main requests made by the Generalitat to be able to provide Crevillent with a 24-hour ambulance again “was that there be a suitable place to locate it. For this reason, from the Govern del Canvi has worked to promote a large emergency centre adjacent to the current facilities of the Local Police, where the Civil Protection units and the new 24-hour ambulance will be located”, concluded Candela.

The Consell tenders 21 vehicles for home care in Torrevieja

The Torrevieja Health Department has put out to tender the sustainable mobility service for which the winning company must make 21 hybrid vehicles available to the area, all of them new, for the transfer of health professionals who provide urgent and ordinary home care. The contract, for an amount of 635,029 euros, has an execution period of 36 months and may be extended for a period of one year. Mercantile companies have until August 22 to present their offers.

The base of the fleet, with 11 vehicles, will be located at the University Hospital of Torrevieja, while the other 10 will be distributed among the department’s health centres: Guardamar, Rojales, Torrevieja-Patricio Pérez, San Miguel, Pilar de la Horadada , Torrevieja-La Mata, Torrevieja-La Loma, Torrevieja-San Luis, Torrevieja-El Acequión and Orihuela Costa.

The statement also includes that the activity within the department has a dispersion of up to 30 kilometres, so it is estimated, in general, that the sum of scheduled and urgent visits on an ordinary day does not exceed 100 kilometres per day.

The report that justifies the need for the tender indicates that the department does not have the necessary material means to carry it out and, therefore, the service is not being carried out by public means, so it is necessary to resort to contracting of this service, according to the fact that “the end of the contract is near and the need to continue having the necessary means to provide home care”.

The sea reaches 30 degrees two months earlier than normal and turns into "gunpowder" in the event of a gota fria

Sultry days and the sea water already reaches 30 degrees in many points on the coast of the province, a new record at such an early date, since the previous record was at the end of September 2003, until now the hottest year in the century. The province of Alicante has woken up covered in clouds and so on for several hours, but there is no instability in the upper layers of the atmosphere, so there is no risk of a gota fria. Yes, there could be sporadic showers like the one that fell first thing in the morning in San Vicente.

The maximum temperatures will not exceed 30 degrees but the humidity will continue to be very high, with peaks of 90%, which triggers the feeling of suffocation. To begin with, last morning it was already sultry because the minimum did not drop below 26 degrees in municipalities such as Alicante, Benidorm, Novelda, Elche, Xábia and the airport.

The heat clouds that dominate the sky in parts of the province this Wednesday are a direct consequence of the evaporation caused by the heat that fills them with water. “Since there is no cold air at height, the risk of torrential rains does not exist, but it can rain but in small quantities,” explains Jorge Olcina, director of the Climatology Laboratory of the University of Alicante.

According to the Alboxclima.com portal, contrary to what is often mistakenly heard, a cloud is not water vapour since it is invisible. A cloud is a volume of air that becomes visible by containing a smaller or larger number of tiny water droplets or ice crystals, or a combination of the two. These water droplets or ice crystals are usually very small in size (the common diameter is 0.01 mm) and therefore can float in the air, forming a number of about 1000 per cubic centimetre.

Clouds are formed either by condensation (passage of water vapour to liquid water) or by sublimation (directly from water vapour to ice crystals), these two reactions occur on some microscopic solid particles in suspension found in the atmosphere. They are called sublimation and condensation nuclei. So in a cloud we can finally find the three aqueous forms that form them; water droplets, frozen water droplets and ice crystals.

The process that forms condensation is, above all, the rise of air. As the air rises, it cools more and more since it is less and less oppressed by the upper volume of air. Cold air admits less water vapour than warm air, so at some point it becomes saturated and condensation or sublimation occurs if the temperature is very low, so that a cloud is formed as a result.

On the other hand, what is truly surprising in this July that is beginning to draw its epilogue is the speed with which the temperature of the sea has increased, which in many points is already at 30 degrees, something that has been reached since 2003. Until now the hottest year so far this century. “What really surprises us is that the sea is 30 degrees in the last week of July, two months earlier than normal and it is not ruled out that this figure will be exceeded in August,” Olcina stresses.

The scorching month of July and the heat wave are having consequences in a very anomalous warming in the surface waters of the western Mediterranean. A notable marine heat wave is taking place, with temperatures exceeding 30 ºC at certain coastal points, which leads to a deviation of up to 6 and 7 ºC above the values reached at this time of year. The storage of heat in these waters can exacerbate the episodes of torrential rains that are expected to take place at the end of summer and during the first half of autumn, explains José Miguel Viñas, from Meteored.

“This scenario will only occur when the appropriate meteorological factors come together to promote these pre-autumn situations, such as the inflow of cold air, sagging of danas and the establishment of a regime of humid easterly winds,” says the climatologist.

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