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07.14.2005

Befesa participates in the 2nd Iberian Congress on Industry Generated hazardous Wastes

In June, Befesa Gestión de Residuos Industriales participated in the 2nd Iberian Congress on industry generated hazardous wastes, together with other companies from the sector.

The objective of the congress was to transmit to the political, social and economic sectors of Spain and Portugal the fact that, in spite of the existence of a new legal framework for industry generated waste, there are still obstacles to be overcome to enable large, medium and small-sized waste generators to attain optimal management of the same. Furthermore, solutions and alternative technologies were proposed. These require information to be available on the nature of the wastes so that they can be sent to the most efficient destination, to enable them to be retransformed into resources and satisfy future needs.

During the event, Antonio Rodriguez Mendiola, marketing manager of Befesa Gestión de Residuos Industriales, presented a paper on the "Alternatives to current waste treatment processes to adapt to the new legislation and comply with the criteria established by the European Union".

The European Union has established a waste management program focused on "sustainable development", based on prevention, reutilization, recycling, and energy valorization and, only as a final solution, its disposal. The objective is to reduce the quantity of waste destined for disposal in waste deposits by 20% in 2010 compared to 2000, and by 50% by 2050.

The current treatment management capacity in Spain is five million tons per year. Approximately 50 percent corresponds to disposal treatment processes carried out by hazardous or stabilized waste deposits (56 percent), and physicochemical treatment plants (44 percent). The other 50 percent is subjected to recovery or regeneration treatment processes, of note among which are: utilization as fuel and thermal treatment with heat recovery from the gases.

Befesa currently possesses physicochemical treatment plants and safety deposits although, due to the legal requirements proposed by the European Union, projects are underway on valorization and recovery plants that utilize leading-edge processes.