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NEW GREEN COLLECTION SERVICE FOR ORIHUELA COSTA

Orihuela council has hired a new company to deal with the collection of garden clippings on the Orihuela Costa, after a contract worth 19,700 euro was put to tender, ultimately awarding the work to San Pedro based company, Geohabitat, who will operate …

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Orihuela Costa Garden Waste

Orihuela council has hired a new company to deal with the collection of garden clippings on the Orihuela Costa, after a contract worth 19,700 euro was put to tender, ultimately awarding the work to San Pedro based company, Geohabitat, who will operate the service until December.

The principle changes to the way the service operates surround the fact that this garden waste now has a value, as the company will be recycling the material, turning the leaves, cuttings and clippings into pellets for use as fuel.

In addition to the environmental element that means the garden waste is now recyclable, there is also a significant saving to the public purse, as the collection, transportation and processing of the material is around 7 euro per ton. As the Mayor of the municipality, Monserrate Guillén, explained, “This is a considerable savings over other bids submitted and the cost if we were in the Consortium for Provincial Waste Zone”, adding that collection and transport to the disposal contracted by the consortium “would cost about 32 euro per ton”. Considering that there is around 3,500 tons of garden clippings collected on the Orihuela Costa each year, “If we had to hire the Consortium through an entire year of service, it would cost 112,000 euro. If we do it with the company that will provide the service until December, it will cost between 24,500 and 25,000 euro”, he added.

Guillén also said that the location of the plant in San Pedro del Pinatar, which is about eight kilometres from the Orihuela Costa, saves fuel and greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere., and thus bolsters the environmental impact on the savings that the contract provides.

However, the Mayor also asked that coastal residents “respect the schedules” for pruning collection, checking for the optimum time to put clippings out for collection, so that they don´t create an eyesore for neighbours, but also to ensure that their “green” credentials are maintained, as all too often these clippings become a magnet for other waste and rubbish, which cannot be collected by the garden collection service.

All the information on times and schedules can be found on their website, www.orihuela.es, or by telephoning or visiting the international residents office where the staff will be more than happy to help.

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