The 24th Technical Conference on the Environment in Mérida (Badajoz) in November will cover the management and treatment of municipal waste, among other issues.
The event, which will bring together around 300 professionals from public and private companies and organisations in the sector, will be held for the first time in Extremadura, organised by the company Gestión y Explotación de Servicios Públicos Extremeños (GESPESA).
Specifically, from 15 to 17 November, at the Congress Centre in the Spanish regional capital, various experts will deal with matters such as energy recovery, changes in the waste management model and the aim of achieving “zero landfill” with waste by 2020.
Alongside the event, cultural activities will also be held, including various lectures and a trade exhibition. This was outlined by the Mayor of Mérida, Antonio Rodríguez Osuna, and the chairman of the Spanish National Association of Public Environmental Companies (ANEPMA), Rafael Arjona, at a press conference on Monday (4 July).
The mayor explained that the conference is being organised by the company Gestión y Explotación de Servicios Públicos Extremeños (GESPESA) and that it will be held in Mérida’s Congress Centre between 15 and 17 November this year.
In his media appearance, the mayor also highlighted the fact that the event will have a “considerable” economic impact on local and regional hotel, catering and transport companies, among other services, and will help put Mérida “in the national shop window” for tourism. Along these lines, Rodríguez Osuna stated that the conference is an “important” and “exceptional” event for the city.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Spanish National Association of Public Environmental Companies, Rafael Arjona, described the national technical conference as a “challenge”, because it is the first time the event is being held in Extremadura. He also mentioned the fact that the event is intended to “generate” a forum for debate in the public and private sectors concerning municipal waste management, as well as speaking of “new challenges” in waste treatment.
During his intervention, Arjona also detailed some of the issues that will be dealt with at the event, most importantly the “challenge” of European legislation concerning waste treatment. In addition, he mentioned the aim of achieving “zero landfill” of waste by 2020 through energy recovery and a change to the waste management model. He highlighted ANEPMA’s corporate social responsibility towards its customers – the general public – as well as the development of strategic business planning at small companies.
Arjona also stressed that the association’s activities are publicised in universities so that students know about the day-to-day activities of the companies that manage waste collection and clean-ups. In addition, he explained that the Spanish National Association of Public Environmental Companies currently consists of 52 businesses serving 12 million people, with a turnover of more than 1.2 billion euros: 20 per cent of the national market.