New brown recycling bins for thrown-out food

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New brown recycling bins for thrown-out food.
New brown recycling bins for thrown-out food. Credit: Facebook callCarlos

ALL regional and local governments must provide brown recycling bins for thrown-out food by 2024.

This is an “inescapable and inevitable” requirement, declared Environment minister Margarita Ruiz Saiz-Aja.

She was speaking in Suances during a summer course on Solutions for re-using biowaste at the University of Cantabria.

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During her talk, Ruiz Saiz-Aja analysed the current situation in Spain where only Cataluña provides the internationally-recognised brown bins for leftover food or food scraps.

Other regions including the Valencian Community, the Basque Region and Navarro were “beginning to move” and others were increasingly beginning to adopt more advanced recycling measures, the minister added.

Although 2024 is the deadline for all European Union countries to recycle their organic leftovers, Spain’s Environment Ministry wants to advance as quickly as possible, Ruiz Saiz-Aja announced.


One of the Ministry’s first steps would be a review of the existing Ley de Residuos waste management law that will amend a 2018 directive by setting out a timetable and a route map for all regional and local governments to follow.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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