October 20, 2020

Recycled rubble to recover a missing beach in the 70s

Buildings near the sea cause changes in the ecosystem that cause the extinction of the coast. Therefore, a European project seeks to recover a beach disappeared in the 70s with recycled materials from construction waste as a pilot experience.

This urban initiative is based on the recycling of construction debris, in particular brick and ceramics, so that “through a process of erosion similar to the natural one” the sand of this beach is gradually recovered, he explained to Efe the technical coordinator of the Classroom of the Sea for the Brick Beach Project, Juan Jesús Martín.

The action, which aims to recover the disappeared beach of the Mezquitilla de Vélez-Málaga nucleus, is a “pilot initiative in Europe” in which the University of Malaga, the Environment Agency of the Junta de Andalucía, the Aula del Mar participate , the City Council of Vélez-Málaga and construction recycling companies.

Martín has pointed out that the materials used to regenerate this beach are not polluting and are not “debris as such” but will pass through a treatment plant so that “it is similar to the sand of these Mediterranean beaches in the size of their grains” .

To stabilize the deposited sand, we will proceed to the “installation of a submerged reef that will act as a breakwater” in order for the beach to regenerate, a project that lasts for three years and that is expected to be finished by July 2021, according to the deadlines established by the administration.

“The only thing missing is the approval of the waste recycling plant to go out to tender and be able to carry the debris,” said Martin, who has expressed concern about such tight deadlines that can become a problem in the face of procedures that have yet to be resolved.

The project plans to recover a 750-meter beach, from the last houses on the waterfront located on the seafront to the Punta de las Ballenas, “a natural projection that is currently a breakwater” and that delimits this nucleus.

Half a hundred people have mobilized this Saturday in front of the coast to demand the speeding up of the project, mostly residents of the area that “have seen their beach disappear little by little because of the environmental impact”.

The Association of Construction and Demolition Waste Management Companies of Andalusia, Ceuta and Melilla (Agreca) has indicated that “Vélez-Málaga is one of the municipalities with the largest number of rubble dumps” in Andalusia and that the project would allow “sanitation and eliminate ”these“ illegal dumps ”that affect the environment.

From the collective they have indicated to Efe that the appropriate location for said construction waste recycling plant must be “an accessible area for a good part of the Axarquía” and that it must be completed with awareness regarding the large amount of existing rubble in the municipality .

Finally, the association recalled that the Brick Beach Project is “much more than a beach” and that it seeks to recover species, restore the ecosystem and “tackle the problem of the large proliferation of debris” with a treatment site for this construction waste.

Isabel Diaz


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