16th August 2018
up with the amount of rubbish being thrown onto open
spaces across the town by irresponsible citizens, a
group of residents from Xàbia have got together
to encourage a community clean-up to improve the
image of these zones. Despite the energy-sapping hot
weather, this small band of volunteers have already
cleared several zones of rubbish and other detritus,
including dog mess left by owners who refuse to take
it away and dispose of it properly, instead leaving
it for others to have to deal with.
new Facebook group - "Xàbia
neta entre tots"
- has been created to coordinate efforts and has already
attracted almost 200 likes as people become more and
more frustrated with the lack of civic pride from some
members of the community. All sorts of rubbish has been
dumped in open spaces across the town from building
and gardening debris, rubbish bags full of rotting food,
household furniture, cans of old engine oil and
even the occasional kitchen sink. As reported on the
Facebook group, the kids of the primary schools of Trenc
d'Alba, Graüll and Vicente Tena can soon pass
through these zones without having to negotiate unsavoury
items such as broken bottles, used condoms and piles
of dog mess.
project began just a couple of weeks ago and the group
has already cleared two private plots which are being
used as parking zones, one by IES Antoni Llidó
and the other in Thiviers close to Bar L'Avinguda. Just
a hour or so of hard work gave these areas a substantially
better aspect and the efforts are being rewarded as
more volunteers offer to help as the group moves to
other areas around the town. The intention is to clear
up as many of these zones as possible and the more help
the group can attract, the better it will be for everyone.
All one needs is a pair of gloves and the enthusiasm
to make the town a better place.
Kika Mata (Services), whose department is responsible
for rubbish collection and street cleaning in Xàbia,
explained to Javea.com
that although these private plots have been available
to provide much-needed parking in the town, their status
as private land means that the cleaning of them
does not come under the remit of the Ayuntamiento de
Xàbia. However, she has given her full support
to the efforts of the volunteers, even offering to provide
transport to remove the collected rubbish if necessary.
She also took the opportunity to remind residents that
the town has a number of different rubbish collection
services which includes the collection of empty cardboard
boxes from businesses, shops and bars, the EcoParque
where registered residents can deposit all manner of
unwanted items, the collection of household furniture
and appliances, as well as dozens of rubbish collection
points, including recycling
zones, for the proper disposal of rubbish.