El Palo bin row – what a stinking waste

What a waste

THE RESIDENTS of the Olias urbanisation in El Palo are in uproar after rubbish continues to accumulate in their streets after three bins were removed.

Some residents are now saying the smell form the decomposing waste is “almost unbearable” and is starting to attract pests, including cockroaches.

The bins, which were removed by company Limasa, have been returned on Tuesdays and Fridays following complaints from residents, however locals say the move has still not resolved the problem.

According to media reports, local, Virginia Champenois, explained, “the first thing we knew about it a sign was put up on the wall telling us we should use the bins on the main road into town for safety reasons.”

However, she says it is not practical to use the bins because “the containers are located at the bottom of a narrow, 30-metre slope, which makes it practically impossible for residents who do not have a car to walk there every day with rubbish.”

The news follows reports last month politicians had complained a rubbish collection point next to Torremolinos’ bullring has been turned into an uncontrolled landfill after bins have been allowed to overflow every day.

Following an accumulation of waste after the town’s recent children’s festival, the council’s opposition party, Partido Popular (PP), called on the governing PSOE party to clean up the site, which has seen several altercations take place over claiming scrap products, preventing the “appalling image” it gives.

Maria Jose Jimenez, a spokesperson for the PP has now presented a motion to create a regulation over the area, which was meant to be a temporary solution but has been in place for two years, a move which has been supported by all other parties.  The PP are seeking a permanent collection point which can be better controlled and prevent illegal fly tipping.

The dumping ground, which has been in operation since August 2015 and is only meant to operate from 2pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, is located in Torremolinos’ fairground, and receives garden waste, furniture, electrical appliances, and other waste, throughout the week.

The council claims, however, the bins are emptied each day and point out two recycling vehicles have been in place since May, collecting paints and solvents, as well as batteries, oils, electrical equipment and ink cartridges.

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