THE Piedre Negra landfill in Jijona allegedly accepts unsorted and untreated rubbish with the regional government’s knowledge.
The plant opened in 2003 to serve the l’Alacanti Alcoy, El Comtat and Castalla areas, as well as the Vega Baja which has neither a treatment nor landfill plant.
Piedra Negra should take only domestic refuse, but lorries from Pilar de la Horadada, as well as Vinaroz in Castellon bring in tons of rubbish of all types each day.
Unwanted furniture, builders rubble, plastics, rubbish from industrial estates and factories, as well as agricultural green waste and household refuse, are arriving at Piedra Negra to be compacted and buried.
Many lorries arrive with loads that were rejected for recycling but these often contain recyclable refuse that nonetheless ends up in a Piedra Negra pit.
According to the Ecologistas en Accion environmentalist group, the Piedra Negra site fails to meet even half the recycling target set by regional laws.
The plant is run by Reciclados y Compostaje Piedra Negra, originally a partnership between publicly-owned Vaersa and Cespa-Ferrovial until the Generalitat sold its 51 per cent holding for €5.2 million in 2015.
Meanwhile, Joan Piquer, the Generalitat’s director general for Climate Change and Enviromental Quality, said the regional government is preparing legislation stipulating that industrial refuse must be treated and disposed of as near as possible to its origin.