19 Nov, 2019 @ 09:39
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Denia composting plant on fire AGAIN as uncontrollable combustion releases very carbon procedure is supposed to recycle

Denia Recycling Plant On Fire Again

EXASPERATION has returned to Denia as its municipal recycling plant is on fire AGAIN in what increasingly appears an annual tradition.

Flames erupted on Sunday, November 10, in the 15m-high black mountains of compost created from beach algae and green waste as a noxious cloud travelled for kilometres towards the La Xara area.

Two firefighting crews were dispatched to contain the blaze – but the slow burning has penetrated to the core of the compost mounds meaning smoke is still billowing out over a week later.

“We are separating the remains so that the fire does not spread. We must avoid it at all costs because it would be very dangerous,” the head of Denia’s fire service said.

Denia Recycling Plant On Fire Again
HOT AIR: Firefighters controlled the blaze that began over a week ago, as teams continue to separate dry matter from burning mounds

He added the plant ‘is oversaturated with waste’ and so spontaneously combusted, releasing the very carbon it was supposed to recycle into fertile soil.

“So that this event does not happen again, the recipe is simple,” the firefighter said. 

“The alarming amount of waste in the plant must be reduced. If not, I am convinced that in a few months there will be another one, and the only thing we can do in those cases is to let it burn.”

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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