By Humphrey Carter
THE mountains of waste are continuing to grow in Majorca, but the Council of Majorca has been told that it can not increase the size of the Son Reus incineration plant for the next five years.

On average, 1.6 kilos of rubbish is generated per day, per inhabitant in Majorca and only 54 percent of household waste makes it to the incinerator.
One out of every three kilos is dumped on the vast waste tips around the island. While the incinerator is close to running at maximum capacity, the amount of waste generated in Majorca is forecast to increase by 21.5 percent over the next five years.

The Council of Majorca is expected to review its waste treatment plan for the island as the amount of rubbish being generated is far greater than the initial expectations.

Within the next three years, it is feared that Son Reus will be unable to handle the extra 150'000 tons of waste created each year. And, bringing the two new proposed furnaces into operation is proving to be far more complicated that initially thought.

A new building may have to be built to house the second new furnace.
At the moment, the two incineration systems at Son Reus handle 150'000 tons per year each.
However, while 300'000 tons of waste went through the incinerators, 177'000 tons had to be dumped on the gigantic 300'000 square metre, 35 metre high waste tip next to the plant. Engineers have warned that, at the current rate of growth, at least two new furnaces will be needed or, preferably, furnaces of much greater power.

The Council of Majorca hopes, once they have resolved the problems of the two new furnaces, to have them operating by 2008 or 2009. At that point they want to close down the EMAYA waste tip, which by then could be nearly twice its present size. Last year, 549 million kilos of waste was generated in Majorca.


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