The centre was inaugurated in July by the former Councillor for Territory and Sustainability of the Government of Catalonia, Josep Rull, in the presence of the General Director of FCC Medio Ambiente, Jordi Payet.
The facility has satisfactorily passed its test and guarantee period, and will be operated for 15 years by the FCC Medio Ambiente venture (FCC Medio Ambiente is FCC Group's Spanish trading name), under the terms of a contract valued at €75 million.
The €24 million installation which is owned by Alt Empordà District Council has been financed entirely by the Catalonian Waste Agency (Agencia de Residuos de Catalana ARC), an agency of the Department of Territory and Sustainability.
The plant has already begun processing some of the 70,000 tonnes of waste by volume that it will receive annually from the northern area of the Costa Brava.
The region has a stable population of 140,000, a figure which is greatly exceeded during the summer. It is expected that 10,000 tonnes annually will be the organic fraction collected selectively by the municipalities.
With the start-up of the waste treatment facility, the Alt Empordà District Council has started the process of the generalised implementation of the separate collection of the organic fraction in all the municipalities in the area.