Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, along with the head of services for Ascan Torrabonaf, Francisco Valiño, held a meeting on Wednesday with hotels from the borough to establish a new series of strategies and synergies which will improve the system of recycling in tourist establishments.
The meeting was held in the offices of Ascan Torrabonaf, the company licensed to carry out cleaning services in Adeje. Twenty hotel representatives were present as well as the councillors for services and for tourism Gonzalo Delgado Díaz and Rafael Dolado García, respectively, and council expert, Román García Higuera.
As the mayor explained, the aim for the council and Ascan is to offer a door-to-door service for recyclable refuse, collecting glass, paper and carton and plastic from the hotels who, up until now, have had to dispose of the rubbish on an individual basis. In this way the company and council hope to increase levels of recycling in Adeje and improve the overall cleanliness of the borough.
Rodríguez Fraga noted that this initiative was part of the council-wide plan, ‘Adeje, clean and healthy’, which has, as one of its objectives, an increase in the level of recycling in the borough, “something we can only achieve with your help. It is important to take into account that just one hotel produces more rubbish that an entire neighbourhood. If we are serious about care for the environment we have to seek practical measures, and in this way we can make rubbish collection easier and increase the amount of recycled items collected. The other part of the picture is that we want to contribute to the overall image of Adeje as a tourist town which takes environmental care seriously and is actively involved in it.
As the meeting was taking place in the Ascan Torrabonaf installation the mayor said he was grateful at the level of interest shown by the hotels, adding that it was “very important that you find time to call to this facility, to see the installation and the quality of the work that goes into making sure that the system works”.
The proposal from the council and Ascan Torrabonaf is that the hotels in the borough will avail of the new door-to-door service collecting glass and plastic bottles, cans and tetra cartons as well as continuing to collect paper and cardboard, as has been the case for a number of years.
The cleaning company, in conjunction with experts from the council, have designed an implementation plan for phase one, which would involve the hotels nominating a person who would be the point of contact for Ascan Torrabonaf. Once in place, the experts will study each case individually and, together with the person representing the hotel, determine what kind of containers to be used and where they will be placed
The frequency of collection of separated refuse from the hotels will be once a week, between the hours of 2pm and 8pm for glass and plastics. Collection of paper and cardboard will continue to be at night time for now although the company is open to reconsider the time of this collection. “We will begin with one weekly collection and ask for the cooperation of the hotels and the representative from each hotel to advise us when the container is 75% full so we can call the following day for collection”, explained Francisco Valiño. He added that they were making decisions based on estimates for now, but that could change once the service gets under way, depending on necessity. In this regard too Valiño appealed for common sense in storing rubbish and that boxes and plastic bottles should be flattened, a practise which triples the capacity of the containers thus obviously reducing the number of times a lorry and personnel need to make a collection run. “In the case of certain hotels that may fill a plastic bottle container daily, we are studying the possibility of placing a number of containers there so that a collection can take rubbish from three or four days in one trip.
Francisco Valiño confirmed that the collection of organic waste would continue at night time. “Its a question of organisation of all the different rubbish collection services all over the island, and we are also dependent on the hours of operation of the residue plants that are determined by the Tenerife Cabildo.”
To separate glass waste, Valiño is offering hoteliers a series of containers that have a hydraulic system which is relatively simple to use and allows easy and quick emptying of a smaller bin. “With this system we save you the time needed to place bottle after bottle into the green containers. It just needs a zone in the open air or inside in an area of no less that 7 metres high for the operation of a small crane.
In exceptional circumstances Valiño says that Ascan Torrabonaf could place, in up to 10% of hotels, a series of constrution-style trays, of 6 m3, for glass deposits, which could be placed on a ramp in a small basement or internal zone, but it depended on each individual case.
Hotels that were unable to attend the meeting can make contact directly with Ascan Torrabonaf to take advantage of this new service by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 922 71 19 89.