It is increasingly common to allocate a public space to the installation of clean points and luckily, also the number of people who use them, to deposit objects of all kinds, is increasing. The Ministry for Ecological Transition (@mitecogob) explains that these zones are also called eco-centers are intended for selective contribution and the storage (for later treatment) of everything that is disposable and that is not susceptible to home collection.
They exist in numerous municipalities and there are also mobile clean points in vehicles equipped for this purpose. In neighborhoods of large cities it is common to find “mini clean points” to make the task of recycling easier for the neighbors.
How do these facilities work?
Depending on the land available, in a clean point you will find different containers and it is important to deposit each waste where it corresponds. In most cases, you can access directly with the vehicle practically up to the container itself, so that unloading does not present any difficulty. You can take almost anything you want to throw away and that does not fit in an urban container, In addition, it is very important to go to a clean point to get rid of particularly dangerous or polluting substances.
The management of these spaces corresponds, in most cases, to local administrations, which can establish limits regarding the amounts deposited per person per day. You can find out about possible limitations by consulting directly the conditions of the clean point closest to your home. The Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) offers in its Web the list of clean points that are distributed throughout the Spanish geography.
Not all clean points have containers for absolutely everything, but they usually always have specific deposits for the most dangerous waste such as: cell or car batteries (harmful due to their high metal content), paints and solvents, electrical appliances (especially those that contain refrigerant gases and CFCs), cooking and motor oils, electronic waste such as computers or printers, lamps and halogens, medical waste such as an X-ray or the medicines themselves …
Leave waste of this type on public roads (or dumped in any open field) It not only represents a serious deterioration for the environment but also for health itself, since many of the substances that contain they are toxic for people and animals.
Depending on the capacity and services offered by your closest clean point, you can also get everything that, although not dangerous, can always be recycled, such as pruning and garden remains, clothes that you no longer use, metal objects, or different furniture that you have left over at home.