An outsized problem in Campello

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An outsized problem in Campello
FACEMASKS: Should not be thrown down the toilet Photo credit: Pixabay

An outsized problem

CAMPELLO’S Environment department and Aguas de Alicante are trying to break residents and visitors of their bad habits.

Put another way, the town hall and the company responsible for Campello’s main drainage hope to make the local population aware of the environmental and economic cost of throwing wet-wipes, cotton-buds and even facemasks down the lavatory.

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Between them the town hall and Aguas de Alicante have launched the Basta Ya de Diminutivos (Enough already with the diminutives) campaign.

This refers to the Spanish fondness for making a diminutive out of any word, hence toallitas or mascarilla when these – and many others – can cause outsized problems.

“They are turning our sewers into a nightmare,” declared Campello’s Environment councillor Julio Oca.


“Not only because of the environmental harm they cause, but because of the economic consequences that cost our municipality a huge €150,000 each year.”


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Linda Hall
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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