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The largest increases occurred in the collection of cardboard paper (15.1%) and glass (11.6%)

Benidorm increased all selective collections in 2023 and urban solid waste by almost 5%

06 February 2024
Benidorm incrementó en 2023 todas las recogidas selectivas y casi un 5% la de residuos sólidos urbanos

Benidorm continues to increase year after year the rates and percentages of waste collection, as demonstrated by the data managed by the Department of Street Cleaning. The data, referring to the year 2023, indicate that in that time the kilos of selective waste collection - which citizens carry out by recycling at home - and those of municipal solid waste collection increased again.

Thus, the glass collected from specific containers on public roads amounted to 3,835,620 kilos last year, which represents 11.6% more than in 2022.

So the amount was 3.387940 kilos. An even higher percentage was reached in the collection of cardboard paper. In this case, the containers received 1,501,840 kilos of this material; an increase of 15.1% over the 2022 figure.

Equally significant are the increases achieved in the selective collection of packaging, which was 832,120 kilos, 7% more than a year before; and in the collection of used clothing, which was 78,180 kilos, 7.2% more than in 2022.

The collection of batteries on public roads involved the removal of 4,406 kilos, a figure ten times higher than the previous year, although it does not represent a very significant amount in the overall volume of waste collection.

Regarding the collection of municipal solid waste, the increase over 2022 was 4.75%, totalling 45,127,280 kilos between January to October, which are the last available. Solid waste collected on beaches also experienced a significant increase of 11.4%, going from 425,700 kilos in 2022 to 480,500 kilos last year.

Finally, concerning the eco-park data, in 2023 3.7 million kilos were deposited there, the vast majority of which (3.4 million) corresponds to debris, with November being the month with the highest volume recorded. 399,880 kilos.
They also took 71,640 kilos of metals, 2,280 of vegetable oil, 794 toner cartridges, 45,656 of electrical or electronic devices, 1,440 of mineral oil, 951 kilos of fluorescent tubes, 358 of aerosols, 81,300 of flat glass, 1,385 of button batteries, 65 of x-rays, 245 kilos of gases in pressure vessels, 80,240 of devices with CFC, HCFC, HC, etc., 115 kilos of fire extinguishers, 720 of absorbents and cleaning cloths and 11,627 of paints, inks and varnishes.

Mónica Gómez, Councilor for Environment, has indicated according to the data "it is confirmed that citizens and the productive fabric are increasingly practising the segregation of waste at source." That is, more and more homes and establishments separate organic waste from packaging, glass, and paper and cardboard.”

The councillor has stressed that “gradually the population is becoming aware of the importance of classifying waste”; and she expressed her conviction that “these percentage increases will continue to grow exponentially once the new contract for waste collection and cleaning of public spaces comes into operation, which includes measures that will favour the separation of waste in origin".

Gómez has insisted, finally, that with these figures, with the evolution we have experienced in recent years and the foreseeable increases that will occur with the new contract and the improvement of selective collection "everything indicates that Benidorm will achieve the objectives of waste segregation contemplated in the Law and which must be 50% in 2035.”

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