By Cathy Elelman • 27 February 2020 • 12:41
WORRYING SITUATION: Cuevas council says uncontrolled dumping represents a risk to the environment and to public health
CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Cuevas del Almanzora
CUEVAS council is planning to introduce new controls on the dumping of agricultural waste aimed at protecting the environment and public health.
The Environment department is working on a bylaw which will establish a legal framework for the regulation of the production and management of residues generated by the productive processes of agricultural exploitations and the municipality’s secondary and complementary agriculture businesses.
The bylaw will ban producing generating, depositing and dumping agricultural residue and waste of any kind in areas around agricultural exploitations, in water courses, on boundaries, on roads, in ditches, on unused land or any public or private areas. Fines for violating the bylaw could be as high as €30,000.
“With this preventative measure we aim to bring to an end a worrying situation in our municipality, with the proliferation of uncontrolled dumps, specifically on the side of the River Almanzora”, explained Cuevas Mayor Antonio Fernandez.
The Mayor also called for citizen collaboration, “because it is essential to report these kinds of facts with the aim of preventing damage to the environment and the health of our residents.
“The council is going to control and penalize these kinds of situations”, Fernandez promised.
“Caring for the environment is a matter for everyone”, he added.
“As our cleaning campaign says, ‘Cuevas is everyone’s. Cuevas is your home. Look after it”.”
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