News May, 1st 2010 by

'All rubbish underground': PGOU 'ecological islands' open in May

The Urban General Plan (PGOU) marks a turning point in thousands of details for the management of the city, from the regularisation of illegal dwellings left by GIL, to issues that have plagued every house for years, such as the collection of rubbish. Mayor Ángeles Muñoz announced on Wednesday that new rules taking effect in early May under the PGOU will require ecological islands to be installed with every new housing development.

An ecological island on Avenida Guerrero, which puts all rubbish squarely underground.

‘In five years we want all waste deposited in the ground’, the mayor said, attending the opening of  13 new islands serving the residents of Las Chapas.

The city has already taken firm steps toward accomplishing that goal. The development of 33 of the 43 ecological islands that were already allocated by the municipality are now being augmented with 26 new in central Marbella, with another 34 on the way in Puerto Banus, 26 in San Pedro de Alcántara, and another 26 still to come in Marbella.

‘We will try to install these ecological islands in all urban areas, especially where there are parking problems. It will be difficult to assume anything, but the objective is also to seek the cooperation of housing developers to make improvements on their own volition’, she said.

The mayor explained that the city has urged the Association of Municipalities of the Costa del Sol to start burying glass, paper and cardboard and lightweight packaging.

The city has also asked the Association, which contracts with Urbaser for rubbish removal, to make every ‘effort’ to standardise the system of removal, whether or not that system is fully functioning in the entire municipality. But so far the only place where the famous blue, green and yellow bins have become real is in the green islands that opened Wednesday in Las Chapas. 

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