Calpe makes tip­ping point

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Jack Troughton

CALPE town hall is look­ing to prune back the prob­lem of un­sightly fly-tip­ping on the streets of its ur­ban­i­sa­tions us­ing the lo­cal po­lice.

The town has his­tor­i­cally had a prob­lem with il­licit dump­ing but af­ter the fire at the Benissa waste cen­tre, the amount of gar­den waste be­ing tipped has soared.

Calpe’s own tip for green waste was closed af­ter be­ing opened on pro­tected land on the Olta moun­tain­side, pro­fes­sional gar­den­ers were asked to use the site in neigh­bour­ing in­stead.

How­ever, when it was closed be­cause of the fire, peo­ple were asked to go to De­nia, at least an hour-and-a-half round trip.

Coun­cil­lor Ca­role Saun­ders ex­plained: “We are hav­ing an aw­ful lot of trou­ble with gar­den waste be­ing dumped. The dump at Benissa is still burn­ing and Calpe does not have a site for this refuse.

“Ev­ery­one is told to go to De­nia, which is an hour-and-ahalf out of some­one’s day by any reck­on­ing.

“And so peo­ple are just dump­ing gar­den waste in the ur­ban­i­sa­tions, all over the place. The town hall is pay­ing for two ex­tra lor­ries to pick it up but it’s not mak­ing much dif­fer­ence.”

Pro­fes­sional gar­den­ers and land­scap­ers have been blamed for the grow­ing prob­lem. “Our lo­cal ama­teur gar­den­ers have al­ways left cut­tings by the bins – now it is so much it’s all over the road,” added the coun­cil­lor.

She ap­pealed for pro­fes­sion­als to hire con­tain­ers for the rub­bish but ad­mit­ted it meant for a more ex­pen­sive quote to clients.

“How­ever, the town hall has to find the money to clear it up – we re­ally need our lo­cal po­lice to get on the case.”

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