Yesterday I took one of the dogs for a walk near where we live. The landscape where we are in Almeria is quite stunning as you can see in the panorama above – this is where the dog and I were. Nice isn’t it?
But, sadly walk a few metres down the hill and there are quite a number of piles of builders’ rubble and domestic waste ditched by the side of the road. It’s a problem in all rural areas, not just Spain. I understand – though of course absolutely disapprove – of how the commercial waste ends up there. It is of course dodgy builders trying to avoid paying to tip.
But the domestic waste I really can not understand. Why on earth do people feel the need to dump their crap in an otherwise stunning landscape? There are waste skips in every village, every hamlet and often at random spots on country roads for domestic waste. Take for instance the bottles in this picture – whatever moron has done this has made a concious choice to defile the countryside. To get to this place you have to drive up a track off the road – to get to the start of the track from any direction they would have passed a skip, and even worse if they have come from the nearby towns probably also passed a bottle bank!
I made myself a promise today that if I ever catch the (well, I’ll leave the words I’d like to use to your imagination) ‘people’ who do this, at it, I will take registrations and get photographs of them in action to pass on to the Guardia Civil. *******!
Please, if you are a dodgy builder who fly-tips – STOP IT!
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September 1, 2016 @ 10:10 am
on the issue of fly tipping i would be interested in collected this rubbish my self, can you advise on where i could go and get the right authority to collect it and clean this up i am interested in ant waste from builders waste to glass, plastic, wood , garden waste etc eyc
September 1, 2016 @ 11:18 am
HI Nige4l. This article was written back in 2013 so the “site” may now have moved. But I was always spotting piles of rubbish while out walking in rural areas. I too would be interested in some builders’ rubble (tiles, wood etc) but of course now I want it – I can’t find any! Great for the environment, not great for me.