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Hundreds protest against waste recycling centre next to their homes

Tuesday’s protest.
Tuesday’s protest. / A. G.
  • A 'punto limpio' is due to go up on land between the Xanit hospital and Torrequebrada beach in Benalmádena

Frustrated by plans by the Junta de Andalucía to build a waste recycling centre on green land near their homes, hundreds of locals from three Benalmádena residential estates took to the streets on Tuesday to vent their anger.

As reported in SUR in English last week, the planned ‘punto limpio’ (a centre for receiving large items of household waste for recycling) is due to go up on land between the Xanit hospital and Torrequebrada beach in Benalmádena. Some 5,000 people live in housing developments near the site.

The local town hall had originally ceded the land to the Junta de Andalucía regional government, who are responsible for the waste management plant. However faced with residents’ protests, the town mayor, Víctor Navas, has now said that he will try to mediate with the Junta over its planned use of the land, although “it would be very hard”, he said. Residents have also organised a petition.