The Benissa Ecoparc Has Now Been Burning for 12 days

  • Neighbors and workers at the La Pedrera estate are now beginning to complain about the consequences generated by the inhalation of smoke.
  • The firemen recommend not to carry out actions beyond the current control  because if they manipulate it, it may cause it to oxygenate and provoke further combustion             
  • The Provincial Fire Council has notified the management of Benissa Impuls that it is not appropriate to carry out actions beyond the control and review of the current combustion, which continues at low intensity and is limited in the composting area, where the vegetation garbage remains. The solution being ” let it burn until the fire is totally extinguished”
Photo. La Marina Plaza

The City Council, aware that the emission of smoke may hinder work at certain times, asks all neighbours and workers in the area of ​​the La Pedrera industrial estate to continue normally with their daily lives. Also to remember that if the fire situation changes as indicated by firefighters, the team of Benissa Impuls is prepared to proceed in any actions that are necessary, as was done over the weekend, when the piles that still continued to smolder were “choked” by heavy plant machinery, resulting in several lanes of pruning remains.

The fire in the composting area of ​​the Ecoparc featured a debate in the last plenary session held yesterday in the City Hall, with the question of PP spokesman, Arturo Poquet, who was interested in the reasons for the fire. Poquet stated that it was not only vegetable remains burning, but Mayor, Abel Cardona, denied this, indicating that in this space the vegetable materials are already separated from other types of waste such as plastics or wood.

Regarding the reason that the fire started, Cardona quoted information by the firemen, who had point out that “spontaneous combustion” derived from the high temperatures reached by the material in the process of composting would have been the cause. 

The Mayor also emphasized that the current situation of the composting area “is not the norm”, since “in the last year the amount of vegetable remains dosposed of there has almost tripled” . The reasons, he said, are that both Calpe and Teulada (where the quarry was closed by the Seprona) are going now to Benissa. He also recalled that this problem is not exclusive to Benissa, and it has already passed to other landfills such as Pedreguer, Xàbia or Ondara.

Source: La Marina Plaza