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Puerto launches pioneering collection of garden waste 

Puerto de la Cruz is to pioneer a specific service for collection of garden waste, the first of its kind in the Canaries.

Three hundred new brown containers, with key-controlled closures, will be installed in areas where garden dwellings are concentrated and will allow the more efficient management of this waste.

The council says the new scheme fits in with their policy of commitment to sustainability carried out by the department of general services, works and industry since the beginning of the authority’s mandate.

Officials say that the usual way of getting rid of garden waste has been to dump it in the road or on rough ground. It then has to be picked up manually by the municipal collectors and transferred to the plant with a high percentage loss of what could have been recovered in a sustainable way.

Residents will be informed of how to use the new containers when they appear in their area through explanatory leaflets. They will also receive a key which will allow them to open and close the bins.

With this measure it is expected that approximately 900 tonnes of waste will stop going to the Transfer Plant, so that almost 36,000 euros are saved every year.

In addition, the mechanisation of the collection will make it more efficient and prevent the waste being abandoned on public roads in an uncontrolled way.