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Percentage of waste generated by the Port Authority that is segregated and upgraded (A_22)

Huelva Port Authority controls the volume of waste generated at its facilities and records  the amount going to a recovery process.

The percentage of waste produced by the Port Authority that was collected separately and subsequently recovered  in 2019 was:

Type of waste

Separate Collection
(Tm waste separated / Tm total waste generated) *100

(Tm waste recovered / Tm total waste recovered) *100

MSW 97% 6.64%
Hazardous waste 0% 0%
Oils 0% 0%

The volume of waste related to the cleaning service in 2019 is classified as set out below:

Type of waste Total amount collected during the year in Tm Percentage of the total collected.
Intert 0.280 0.05%
Non-hazardous 607,700 99.95%
Hazarduos 0 0


Activities or sources of waste at the port (A_23)

The service area contains several different sources of waste comparable to urban waste, inert waste or hazardous waste, the following sources should be mentioned according to their importance:

Source or activity Order
MARPOL waste delivery 1
Concession activity generated by concessions 2
Loading and stowage waste (cargo discarded, packaging, etc) 3
Fishing (packaging, nets, fish scraps, etc) 4
Cleaning of wharves, roads and communal areas 5
Remains from solid bulk sweepings 6
Works 7
Machinery servicing 8
Cleaning septic tanks 9
Cleaning up water bodies (floating solids) 10
Cleaning accidental spilalges 11
Commercial, leisure and bar activity in Service Area. 12
Other activities  


Measures to improve waste management (A_24)

The following are some of the measures undertaken by the Port Authority to improve the Port Community’s waste management:

  • Clean spots with separate waste collection. These spots are used to collect the following waste:
    • The Port Authority’s own waste, generated at its workshop centre. The centre does not produce any waste because the conservation services are outsourced.
    • Waste from ships (MARPOL), handled by an authorised waste manager engaged by the Huelva Port Authority.
    • Waste transfer centre operated as a concession by an authorised manager engaged by loading companies.
  • Compliance with internal regulations.
  • Penalties for abandoning waste at unauthorised locations.
  • Regular monitoring of concessions and port service providers to ascertain compliance with the administrative requirements established by the law on waste through the environmental allowance audits monitored by the Port Authority, and daily environmental supervision by the Environment Police and all facilities in the service area.
  • Best Practices Guide
  • Best practices agreements


Management of dredged material (A_25)

The dredging carried out was to maintain the draughts of the Port of Huelva, whose environmental monitoring was conducted pursuant to the requirements of the Environmental Impact Declaration of February 2018. The controls both during the dredging and the discharge into the allocated area or in the marine dumping areas include: quality of the water, the sediment, control of the marine biota, protected spaces, checking noise and emissions from the dredging, etc.

The volumes and characteristics are set out below:

  m2 % of total
Total volume of dredged material 500,000 100%
Volume of category A material 33,900 7%
Volume of category B material    
Volume of category C material 466,100 93%
Volume of material classified as waste    

All the Category C material was dumped in the allocated area for Huelva Port Authority, pursuant to the "Guidelines for the characterisation of dredged material and its relocation in waters of the maritime-terrestrial public domain”.

Hueval Port Authority’s marine discharge area.

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