Teresa Belmonte, president of the Vega Baja Sustainable Consortium

In the management of waste in Vega Baja, the time has come to act. After many years in which our municipalities and our citizens have lacked the most basic infrastructure for the proper management and treatment of our domestic waste, today, at last, we have a network of mobile ecoparks that, in 2021, collected more than 65 tons of the most polluting and dangerous household wasteand soon, the start-up of the Dolores Transfer Plant with capacity to manage 150,000 tons/yearwhich will prevent the emission of thousands of kilograms of CO2 from being discharged into our atmosphere, due to the kilometers of displacement that the garbage collection trucks of our 27 municipalities make every day.

But this is not enough to make our region a benchmark for environmental management of the territory and its natural spaces. Day after day, we see how the abandoned waste on the banks of the Segura riverin our precious Beaches of white sand, on the paths and farm roads from our orchard, in our mountains, disfigure our landscape and contaminate it. For this reason, this year, we have decided to get down to work, and raise awareness of it among our neighbors through a citizen participation activity in all the towns of our region.

We have set ourselves a challenge that we want to share with all the residents of Vega Baja. We are going to promote the largest voluntary collection of waste in Vega Baja in a single day. Coinciding between two very significant dates, World Earth Day and the European Clean Up Day initiative. The next sunday april 24 we invite all municipalities of the Vega Baja to summon their neighbors to participate in a day of cleaning natural spaces of its municipal terms to remove this accumulated waste.

The challenge is launched, and participating will have a prize, both for volunteers and for municipalities. The Vega Baja Consortium will give each participant a Clean Up Single Kit to collect waste when you go out to enjoy nature, and the municipality that collects the most waste per participant will receive a reward to share with your neighbors: a pruning shredder, to reduce municipal waste as much as possible and use it as a structuring agent to make compost in the community composting islands. But the greatest prize will go to our natural space, and that prize will be global.

The correct management of the waste we produce is the individual responsibility of all of us. Reducing its production and its correct separation is the basis for carrying out a effective transition to a society based on the circular economy. Avoiding depositing waste in natural spaces improves our environment both in its landscape aspect and in its environmental quality, reducing its pollution.

From the municipal institutions we have the duty to promote good practices for the preservation of our territory, and this is the main objective of this action in which we are all invited to participate. The time has come for us to put into practice our responsibility to act.