The provincial government is aiming to save around 80 tonnes of paper a year by implementing a new electronic system for bills and payments.
Diputación collects local taxes and charges in 84 towns across the province and wants to make all correspondence electronic by sending bills and receipts via email or text message and enabling online payment. The new system will be up and running on January 1 and in the meantime leaflets and online promotional material is being distributed to inform the public how to use it.
Ten new large yellow recycling bins have been installed in Huércal Overa, replacing smaller ones. The new containers will increase recycling capacity by 8,000 litres enabling residents to more easily dispose of plastics, cans, cartons and other ‘yellow bin’ materials. The new large scale bins have been distributed throughout the town as part of a council drive to raise residents’ awareness of the importance of recycling for the environment.
CUEVAS GYPSY HONOURED
A square in Cuevas has been named after a well known gypsy, dubbed the “patriarch of Cuevas”.
Cuevas council described the late Juanito el Gitano as a “key figure in achieving integration of the gypsy community in the town”. He fought for years for the “gypsy identity” to be recognised, becoming one of the town’s most “distinguished and loved figures”. He was also a well known art and antiques dealer. Many friends and families participated in the inauguration of the newly named square, which is next to one of the town’s schools.
A 32-year-old man has been in arrested in Almería city after he was caught in possession of three knives disguised as a pen and credit cards.
Police were called to a pub where the man was refusing to leave at closing time. He allegedly threatened a bouncer and wielded a knife indiscriminately, endangering others at the scene. Police also confiscated a stiletto that was disguised as a pen and found two more knives manufactured to look like credit cards concealed in the suspect’s clothes.