THE Council of Llucmajor in Mallorca, Spain, has announced that from January 20 there will be a new service for the collection of rubbish, where existing services will be discontinued.
Due to the increasing build up of waste in both the outskirts and central streets of the municipality, residents will now be instructed to dump their rubbish in three dedicated spots in Llucmajor, where all other bins will be removed.
The new initiative is in response to the rising amount of complaints about rubbish and bulky items left across the municipality, where the Council will now provide waste bins and recycling containers in Son Gall Park, Molí de Galdent and the Son Noguera estate.
Rubbish collection will also follow a strict schedule throughout the year, with five weekly services. On Mondays and Thursdays plastic will be collected; organic waste on Tuesdays; glass on Tuesdays and non-recyclable waste on Wednesdays.
Mayor Éric Jareño has praised the campaign stating that it will “reduce fly-tipping in public places.” He added that “those who fail to comply will receive a penalty due to their actions damaging the image of the municipality.”
The Council’s last patrol carried out in collaboration with the Local Police in Sa Torre, Badia Gran and Son Noguera, saw three people who deposited large items in waste containers being handed fines which ranged from €330 to €1,000.
The move closely follows Manacor Council, who imposed its first penalty for fly-tipping at the end of last year after a resident left a refrigerator on the street. The Consell de Mallorca’s Environmental Department is also deploying inspectors to keep a close eye on those who dump large objects next to rubbish containers, where if caught a fine will be issued.