Urban solid waste incinerator of Asturias, Spain

Government of the Principality of Asturias and COGERSA pushing for its construction in absence of a logical waste management plan compliant to the European Waste Directive


La Zoreda/Serín is a small rural settlement located roughly in the centre of the triangle conformed by the 3 major cities of the Principality of Asturias (Oviedo, Gijón and Avilés). The majority of the population of the Principality is concentrated within this triangle.

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Basic Data
NameUrban solid waste incinerator of Asturias, Spain
ProvincePrincipado de Asturias
SiteLa Zoreda/Serín
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Waste Management
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Incinerators
Specific CommoditiesDomestic municipal waste
Project Details and Actors
Project Details310,000 tonnes of waste/year would be incinerated, from a total of 308,865 tonnes of waste/year (2011). Where will the rest of the waste come from?... particularly taking into account that both the population and the per capita waste production is decreasing.
Level of Investment (in USD)229,335,000
Type of PopulationSemi-urban
Potential Affected Population1.054.076
Company Names or State EnterprisesConsortium for the Solid Waste Management of Asturias (COGERSA) from Spain
Relevant government actorsGovernment of the Principality of Asturias
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersBiodiversa, Amigos de la Naturaleza de Asturias, Mavea, Ecologistas en Acción, Coordinadora Ecoloxista...
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
International ejos
Local ejos
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Floods (river, coastal, mudflow), Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Other environmental related diseases, Other Health impacts
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Loss of landscape/sense of place, Other socio-economic impacts
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCorruption
Court decision (victory for environmental justice)
Under negotiation
Project temporarily suspended
Development of AlternativesAlternative waste management plan, including door to door collection of organic matter.
Do you consider this as a success?Yes
Why? Explain briefly.Complaints from environmental organisations have managed to halt the project so far.
Sources and Materials

Ley 22/2011, de 28 de julio, de residuos y suelos contaminados

Ley 5/2013, de 11 de junio, por la que se modifican la Ley 16/2002, de 1 de julio, de prevención y control integrados de la contaminación y la Ley 22/2011, de 28 de julio, de residuos y suelos contaminados.

Plan Nacional de Calidad del Aire y Protección de la Atmósfera 2013-2016


Information about the risks of an incinerator
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Article about the promoter's attitude towards the environmental justice organisations
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Alternative waste managemente plan proposed by the environmental justice organisations involved
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Other Documents

Incinerator Source: ultimahora.es
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Meta Information
ContributorEsther Vallado, Funder and Project Coordinator of Biodiversa, [email protected]
Last update10/03/2015