18 Nov, 2019 @ 16:56
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Just six of Alicante’s 81 municipalities have food waste bins despite January 2020 deadline

Contenedor Marron Alicante

SIX of Alicante’s 81 municipalities are understood to have food waste bins despite government measures mandating their presence across the Valencian Community by January 2020.

Alicante, Elche, Sant Joan, San Vicente, El Campello and Elda have complied with new rules established in the Plan Integral de Residuos (PIR) approved last April by the Valencian Generalitat.

Measures stated that ‘all municipalities and local entities responsible for waste collection services must have a separate collection for bio-waste’ by the deadline.

But eight months later the vast majority of municipalities are still scratching their heads at how to install the new brown container – also known as the ‘fifth’ bin – for organic waste.

The brown-coloured container will recycle the food waste that previously was sent to rot in landfills or burn in incinerators via grey-coloured ‘all waste’ bins.

Numerous town halls contacted by Diario Información complained the Valencian government was ‘not inclined’ to offer any assistance to regional waste collection firms.

One municipality on the Marina Baixa region said it was still ‘preparing documents to award the new contract and include all new modifications’ of the PIR.

Many town halls said they were planning to roll-out the new food waste containers some time in 2020.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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