The Junta de Andalucía finished cleaning up the Barranco del Viejo area just two kilometres from Nerja town centre and near the border with Frigiliana this week.
The site had accumulated 5,000 tonnes of rubbish over a 15-year period and was the subject of a 6,000-euro fine given to Nerja town hall by the Junta de Andalucía in 2008 for illegal dumping.
The council had been calling for the Junta to clear up the area since 2014, when SUR published a series of residents' complaints about the illegal dump.
Mayor of Nerja, Rosa Arrabal and Environment and Foreign Residents' councillor, Jorge Bravo, visited the site on Tuesday. Bravo said that the Junta “had to be congratulated” for its work to clean up the area and asked for “public spirit” in order to keep this and other public spaces clean.
The Barranco del Viejo illegal dump is considerably smaller than another illegal dump in Nerja, the Río de la Miel site, which is currently at the centre of a case being heard in the court in Torrox.