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Rubbish collections and ecopoints boosted for Algarve summer season

rubbishThe management of the regional waste company, Algar, says it has prepared a series of measures for the summer season during which the number of residents almost triples.

In a statement to the press, the company says it takes into account, "the high tourist turnout in the region" especially during the long school holidays, "since the population almost triples the total of residents in these periods, causing an increase in the production of waste.”

The goal is to "respond effectively to the high production of packaging that is expected" and to prepare the operational means that will be necessary in order to "improve the quality of the service made available to the population".

To cope with the high growth of packaging waste in its facilities, Algar is taking on more people for the selective collection and sorting of waste.

The hiring of temporary labour, 11 drivers and 30 assistants, will bring the total to 60 teams; the acquisition of seven new vehicles to collect rubbish from ecopoints, the hiring of 24 temporary operators on a seasonal basis to sort rubbish; strengthening the collection from ecopoints between May and October, increasing the number of ecopoints by 350 to 3,900 are some of the measures announced by the company.

In addition to the ecopoints distributed, 13 ecocentres are available for the reception of large quantities of recyclable and larger packaging waste - three in Loulé, two in Albufeira and Portimão, one each in Alcoutim, Aljezur, Castro Marim, Lagos, Tavira and Vila do Bispo.

Algar also is counting on the collaboration of the region’s Councils to control the incorrect disposal of waste in these ecopoints and is hoping the public will stop parking next to ecopoints, which makes it impossible to empty them.

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0 #6 Darcy 2019-04-15 16:47
Good idea Christian, if a large bin was available at the supermarket exits, then customers who wish to leave the plastic containers and bubble wrap, could do so with the bin provided.
-1 #5 AL 2019-04-15 12:57
Quoting Christian da Serra:
Also, why aren’t the large supermarkets who sell all the rubbish in the first place obliged to put up recycling bins themselves?
That is a good point! I keep saying that one day will unwrap all the packaging at the check-out till and tell the person working at the till that I do not wish to take all the crap home with me. It wouldn't be fair on the person working at the till.
+1 #4 Christian da Serra 2019-04-15 05:32
Olhão also has a good Ecocentro in the business estate next to the N125, east of the city. The problem is that almost nobody knows about these centres and where they are! Also, why aren’t the large supermarkets who sell all the rubbish in the first place obliged to put up recycling bins themselves?
+2 #3 Lindy 2019-04-12 14:25
Algar Waste are doing a fantastic job, big thanks to them. Luz is looking much cleaner especially around the bin areas. I am just a bit concerned that some of the new bottle banks are not going to be anywhere near big enough during the summer months.
+7 #2 Maxwell 2019-04-12 09:18
Echoing Jack Reacher's point .... does anyone accurately track what % actually gets recycled or land filled somewhere in Portugal and what gets shipped off elsewhere into someone else's backyard ?
+4 #1 Jack Reacher 2019-04-12 07:00
And what happens to Algar's recycled waste. Which poor country gets lumped with Algarve Tourism trash..single use sun tan cream bottles, inflatable toys, water bottles ice cream wrappers and spoons.all very well having coloured bins...but thats the easy bit.

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