The Urban Hygiene department has contracted the garden waste collection service in Orihuela costa for 19,700 euros.
This contract covers the service up to the month of December and was awarded after asking for bids from three companies. It was awarded to the company Geohabitat, which will be responsible for collecting, transforming and transforming these plant cuttings into fuel for boilers. Mayor Monserrate Guillén, who is also the Councillor for Urban Hygiene, emphasised the importance of not just eliminating cuttings as they can be reused.
He detailed the cost per tonne collected, transported and transformed as being about seven euros.
“This supposes a considerable saving compared to the other offers presented and to what it would cost us if we were part of the Vega Baja Provincial Waste Plan Consortium,” he said.
He explained that if the municipality had remained par of the Consortium then collecting and taking the cuttings to an elimination plant would have cost some 32 euros per tonne.
“Every year some 3,500 tonnes of cuttings are collected in Orihuela Costa. If we had to contract the service through the Consortium for a whole year it would cost us 112,000 euros. If we do it with the company that will provide the service until December it will work out for us at 24,500 or 25,000 euros,” he pointed out.
The mayor added that the saving is not just economical but also saves energy and the environment: “The plant that the company Geohabit has is in San Pedro del Pinatar, some 8 kilometres from Orihuela Costa, which will enable savings on fuel and emissions of contaminating gases into the atmosphere.”
The mayor asked residents of Orihuela Costa to respect the timetables and places for collecting garden cuttings. Just like last year, the urbanisations on the coast will be divided into three sectors from where the cuttings will be collected every day of the week. All the information can be found on the website http://www.orihuela.es/?page_id=29224.