Other people’s rubbish

Other people’s rubbish
CLEAN-UP: Emilio Bascuñana and councillors watch as rubbish is removed from the Segura Photo credit: Orihuela city hall

ORIHUELA’S Environment department is currently clearing rubbish from the River Segura.

Emilio Bascuñana, Orihuela’s mayor, watched from a bridge as an excavator scooped up plastics and dry reeds that prevent water from reaching the irrigation channels which are vital to local agriculture.

He pointed out that the rubbish was not produced in Orihuela but came from upstream.


“It arrives here because it has not been filtered off,” Bascuñana complained.

“This rubbish is produced upriver and doesn’t stop until it accumulates in Orihuela where we have to remove it.”

City hall has repeatedly asked the area’s Waterways authority, the Confederacion Hidrografica del Segura, to install netting and collection systems to prevent the rubbish reaching the city, Bascuñana said.

“It’s one thing to deal with what we cause ourselves but it’s abusive to be obliged to cope with this,” he declared.

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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