Friday, 19 October 2012
Orihuela Town Council has almost cleared all the rubbish.
Following on from my previous postings; at approximately 08:50 am today 'el Pulpo', the Orihuela Council's hydraulic lift refuse lorry, arrived to collect the growing pile of dumped garden rubbish.
With its keeper precariously perched on the roof of the driving cabin – a possible 'Health and Safety' issue—to supervise its eating, like an elephant grazing, the long prehensile trunk lifted its breakfast into its cavernous stomach.
When 'el Pulpo' had been fed there was nothing left, the road was almost clear of rubbish.
The household rubbish skip has been emptied. The garden rubbish skip has been emptied. The loose, illegally dumped, garden rubbish has been collected. But however there is still the matter of the removal of the dumped building 'escombros', debris, shown in the photograph below.
The household waste collection service (two tone grey skip) and the garden rubbish service (metal skip) operatives won't remove it, because its not in the respective containers. The hydraulic lift garden rubbish service won't grab it. So who is going to remove it; the bin scavengers don't want it; is there another subdivision of the Council's cleaning services department? Or is it to stay there, overlooked, ignored as usual by the three main divisions as it isn't their responsibility?
It would be nice to see the road cleared of all dumped rubbish: even though it will almost certainly be back to square one, our very own landfill site, within a few days. Why? Because people don't care. They have dumped their rubbish somewhere, anywhere, so it's not their problem.
It is a continual problem that the Orihuela Town Council has to deal with and should by now be geared up to handle waste efficiently. But it has repeatedly shown that it falls short of providing a dependable urban cleaning service. It would seem that it is only residents' complaints that awake it from a comatose condition of complacent inefficiency.