Thermowaste will start up in Ariño (Teruel) an Assembly and Testing Center for state-of-the-art equipment designed to recover the materials contained in household waste and turn them into clean and reusable products, thus avoiding their massive shipment to landfills and the negative impact this causes on the environment. The Regional Minister of Economy, Planning and Employment, Marta Gastón, held a meeting this Monday with the CEO of the company, Óscar Ribas, and the mayor of Ariño, Joaquín Noé, among others, to know the details of this project, which will start operating next year, will involve an investment of 6.8 million euros -more than four million in its initial phase- and will generate 25 direct jobs and another 20 indirect jobs.
Marta Gastón announced that this initiative -beneficiary of Miner funds- will be declared an Investment of Regional Interest at the next meeting of the Governing Council, to be held this Wednesday, a recognition that will speed up the administrative procedures, reducing the deadlines by half, for the start-up of this reactor assembly and testing center, an advanced waste reuse technology that allows transforming waste into clean and manipulable materials. These facilities are part of the company’s commitment to R+D+i.
According to the company itself, it will be the most advanced circular economy center in Europe. SAMCA’s old facilities in the town of Teruel, which had become obsolete after the closure of the coal mine, are being used for its construction, giving a new opportunity to the existing infrastructures and the possibility of recovering jobs in this area. The new facilities will have an operational plant in real conditions that will serve to demonstrate the long-term performance of the state-of-the-art equipment in the treatment of domestic waste with the obtaining of recovered materials, as well as the different opportunities for the use of the latter and the promotion of the circular economy.
It will also have laboratories for the study of materials, a visitor center and a space for university students to develop internships in the field of recovery and use of materials in collaboration with regional universities and research centers.
The Catalonian company Thermowaste -adherent to the Aragón Circular declaration and which will opt for the Aragón Circular seal in the next call- has initially focused its commercial activity outside Europe and will assemble in the new facilities of Ariño the equipment of its first projects destined to Southeast Asia. From next year, Spanish companies dedicated to recycling and operation of facilities for this sector will also be able to benefit from the technology designed and manufactured in this new center.
In addition to the support in the administrative procedures by the Government of Aragón and the City Council of Ariño, for the development of this new business project, the company has counted on the collaboration of SAMCA and Grupo Creative.