Hydralia, the company responsible for the integral water cycle in various municipalities of the Western Costa del Sol such as Marbella, Estepona or Manilva, and Benahavís through its mixed company Aguas de Benahavís, has collected so far this year some 800 tons of waste from cleaning and maintenance of the sanitation network.
Among these solid wastes, wet wipes are the fundamental pillar, which represent about 40% of those found, that is, some 320 tons of this non-biodegradable waste. Are the main cause of service failures and they cause serious damage to the urban environment, since these elements will take more than 500 years to disappear.
But wet wipes are not the only waste that can be found in the sanitation network; Cotton swabs, diapers, tampons and masks, since the beginning of the pandemic, are also common, all of which should not be flushed under any circumstances, since, as a consequence, the annual cost of these traffic jams exceeds 120,000 euros.
To avoid these problems and get a correct management of this waste, Hidralia has made different awareness campaigns throughout the year to avoid environmental and economic problems caused by residual obstacles and damage to homes, sewage networks, pumping equipment and treatment plants.
As advised by Hidralia, it should be avoid dumping non-biodegradable items to the usual drainage pipes of the home, whether they are toilets, sinks or sinks; use wastebaskets in the bathroom to dispose of wet wipes and other personal hygiene items; Y never pour used oil down the drains. In this way, the Costa del Sol can continue to shine in the eyes of tourists and citizens.