The Ertzaintza sees “signs of crime” in the management of the Zaldibar landfill

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Search tasks for the two buried workers last February. (EFE)


The Ertzaintza’s investigation around the collapse of the landfill Zaldibar (Bizkaia), where two workers have been buried under tons of rubble since last February 6, has verified “indications of criminality” in the management of the facility, as published this Sunday the newspaper ‘El Correo’.The newspaper echoes the first conclusions of the Ertzaintza regarding the event that appears in the judicial summary opened for this cause in the Court of Instruction number 1 of Durango (Bizkaia), to which it claims to have had access. As indicated, the Ertzaintza links “irregular actions” with the collapse of the dump.







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EFEFour months have passed since the collapse of the dump and two operators, Joaquín Beltrán and Alberto Sololuze, remain buried.

These irregularities allegedly violated the Integrated Environmental Authorization (AAI), which was granted in 2007 and renewed in 2013 by the Basque Government to the company Verter Recycling, owner of the landfill, so that it could carry out the activity in the dump.



Protests in March against the environmental management of the landfill and in favor of the rescue of the bodies of the buried workers. (EFE)


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Protests in March against the environmental management of the landfill and in favor of the rescue of the bodies of the buried workers. (EFE)

Protests in March against the environmental management of the landfill and in favor of the rescue of the bodies of the buried workers. (EFE)

The researchers point out that based on the information from “open sources”, in the landfill “all kinds of waste were being eliminated”, not only for those who had authorization. It is indicated, in this sense, that among “some professionals” in the sector, the landfill was known as “the hole” because the incoming waste was not reviewed.

Two possible crimes

The Basque Autonomous Police, as published, see “signs of crime” in relation to two crimes, a first committed against natural resources and the environment, for putting the natural environment and “people’s health” at serious risk, and a second against the rights of workers.

From the evidence collected in the summary, it is also concluded that Verter stored asbestos without the approval of the Labor Inspection, according to the same source, which specifies that the firm was registered in the registry of companies at risk for this material in 2017, when it had been managing it for years.

The researchers note that the landfill “was removing all kinds of waste”, not only for those who had authorization

Yesterday, when four months of collapse of the Zaldibar landfill on the AP-8 motorway, mobilizations were held demanding that Alberto Sololuze and Joaquín Beltrán be found, the two workers who remain buried under the rubble of the facility.

For its part, the Department of the Environment, Territorial Planning and Housing of the Basque Government announced last Friday that it will shortly send the company Verter Recycling the first invoices for the works that the Basque Government is carrying out at the facility, worth of 3.4 million euros.

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