The local council will this week give a deep clean to the public footpaths all along the Cabo Roig Strip. Also
much needed small waste bins will be installed and provision will be made to empty them regularly. Extra larger
bins for waste and recycling will be brought from Orihuela to help cope with the huge increase of waste
generated during the busy summer tourist season on the coast. These decisions were made at a meeting organised
by Pedro Mancebo of the Orihuela Chamber of Commerce between Damaso Aparicio local councillor for street
cleaning and waste collection and members of the “Cabo Roig Strip Business Association” and “O.C. Avanza
Business and Entrepreneurs Association”.
The urgent meeting was held to discuss different issues affecting businesses in Orihuela-Costa especially
following warnings by the local police that glass and bottles could only be placed in bins up to 10pm. This new
rule would have caused great difficulties for bars and restaurants because of the sheer volume of waste that
would need to be stored inside the bars and restaurants for long periods of time causing safety, health and other
risks and maybe even fines from the health department. During the meeting the town hall representatives assured
the business owners that the town hall concerns were about kitchen waste and domestic rubbish only being
placed in the bins between 9pm and midnight.
The town hall made it clear that all recyclable materials such as glass and paper could be placed in the recycle
containers at any time of day. In return the business owners said that they would dispose of glass and other waste
in an effective and quiet manner to minimize the noise for neighbours. Damaso Aparicio and the waste collection
manager for the area also highlighted the need for a deep cleaning in the whole of the Cabo Roig area, especially
on “The Strip” where thousands of tourists and residents walk every day. The image of this area concerns the
business owners as they endeavour to keep the area tidy. The town hall has promised to increase its efforts to
keep the area property maintained.
A campaign of deep cleaning of footpaths will occur every Monday and Friday until the end of the summer
season. On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, Pedro Mancebo pointed out that there are many other business
areas in Orihuela Costa that need more attention from the Town Hall and he obtained the commitment from the
councillor to address the problems everywhere. Future meetings will be held with business owners in different
areas of Orihuela-Costa.
Also discussed were the illegal street traders who place their wares wherever they like, whereas the legal
businesses are limited to certain small spaces that they need to pay the town hall for, in addition to all the other
taxes that they pay. According to the Chamber of Commerce these hundreds of illegal traders do not have
permission to trade in the streets, they don’t have proper invoices for their goods and don’t pay any taxes or
social security and they unfairly damage legal businesses and traders from the Thursday and Saturday Markets.