Incineration plant in Bilbao has buried 600,000 tons of waste without any control

  • Since 2005 Zabalgarbi incineration plant located In Bilbao, has dumped 600,000 tons of waste material –polluting substances that are left after burning residue materials–  at various sites in Biscay without taking proper control measures, Zero Zabor Bizkaian (Zero Waste in Biscay) platform has reported.

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Zero Waste in Biscay platform has protested in front of the Guggenheim Museum (Photo Noaua)

The platform has reported that Gaiker Foundation, which is responsible for the quality of the process, has no legal accreditation to do so. Several Basque media – Naiz and EiTB, for instance – have covered the complaint, and after 24 hours there had been no response from the people in charge at Garaiker and Zabalgarbi.

During these years, 600,000 tons of waste material – 45,000 tons a year – caused by burning residues have been buried at the dumps at Igorre, Zalla and Artiga.

Waste caused by incineration can lead to pollution issues, which is why Europe’s legislation specifically requires it to be examined by an accredited company. In the Spanish State ENAC is the institution which gives accreditation, but, as Zero Zabor Bizkaian has explained, Gaiker Foundation, which guarantees control Zabalgarbi, does not have any such accreditation.

The platform has organized a demonstration against the incineration plant on the 19th of September in front of the Guggenheim Museum, where the Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP) started its main meeting with a dinner party.


This article was translated by 11itzulpen; you can see the original in Basque here.

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