Ccr projects not presented by Rap, controversy explodes “There is incompetence and willful misconduct”

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The case of the inability to access PNRR funds for the construction of the CCR in Palermo lights the fuse for yet another storm.
Legambiente attacks the Municipality of Palermo and its bureaucratic class sitting behind the office desks.
The issue is that of the Pnrr calls for the circular economy, with the CCR projects not presented and moreover with a separate collection at the stake, a mockery of 30 million euros.

Environmentalists: “Not able to send projects”

“Over 5 months to prepare and present projects already partially defined by the Rap offices and find themselves on the last day of the expiry of the notice, among other things extended by another 30 days, facing an insurmountable technical problem.
It is not just sloppiness – declares Tommaso Castronovo, Head of Waste and Circular Economy of Legambiente Sicily -, it is incompetence and willful misconduct, yet another mockery against the city and the Palermo people.
For years Palermo has been at the stake in separate waste collection, chronically stopping below 15%, with tens of millions of euros that are wasted every year in throwing waste, even potentially differentiable ones, in the Bellolampo landfill, if not in other landfills with costs very salty for the citizens of Palermo – and, when the opportunity arises to be financed for projects for the improvement of the separate waste collection system, it is not even able to send the elaborated projects.
We have no more words ”.

The reconstruction of the facts of Legambiente

In the notice of last September of the Mite, the Ministry of Ecological Transition, expiring on February 14, and extended to March 16, had made available to the Srr and the Municipalities over 1.5 billion euros for the construction of the new plants for recycling and 600 million for the improvement of the separate collection system, of which 60% destined for the southern regions.
projects and submit proposals through their offices and those of Rap.
The Municipality has dusted off, through the Rap officials, the old projects of another 10 municipal collection centers, already foreseen in the industrial plan, with the aim of completing the network of this type of structures in the city.

The biodigestion plant

Furthermore, in the measure dedicated to the financing of interventions for the construction of plants for recycling, the aneorobic biodigestion plant was envisaged, the project of which had already been defined by the Asja company, and a plant for the selection and enhancement of the fraction of the differentiated dry waste.
The Municipality of Palermo had the task of presenting the proposals by sending in the dedicated platform of the Mite the projects of the CCR and that of the valorisation plant of the dry fraction of separate waste collection, for a value of 30 million euros, by March 16, 2022.
But the projects relating to the CCR and the plant for the valorisation of the dry fraction were not transmitted by the officials of the Municipality.
“Another wasted opportunity by the Municipality – concludes Castronovo – to free ourselves from waste and move towards the circular economy”.

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