Torrevieja´s greens

The contract for collecting household waste, street and beach cleaning will cost Torrevieja city council 16.3 million euro per year, an increase of 60% since the contract was first awarded 10 years ago.

According to José Manuel Dolón of the Los Verdes political group, this not only represents more than 10% of the total budget for the city management, it is “a monumental scam and fraud”, considering that there had been three separate occasions in which the contract could and should have been terminated during the recent years, not only for deficiencies in the level of service provided, but also in view of the fact that the former mayor of the city, Pedro Hernández Mateo, was convicted of a prison sentence for falsifying documents during the awarding of the contract.

When the contract was first issued in 2004, the annual fee was 9.7 million euro, later to be adjusted upwards to reach 15 million euro. Officials have set the annual figure now at 15,436,002 euro, to which iva has to be applied, and with other adjustments puts the rate at 16.3 million euro.

However, according to José Manuel Dolón, the figure should also include calculations on account of the performance criteria and lack of service, the absence of the legal plant, transfer facilities and workshops, and the extra costs of cleaning after extraordinary events, as well as regular activities such as the May Fair.

According to a statement by the Los Verdes, having analysed the contract from the perspective of 2014, taking into account any potential extension, “it is clear that it has been a tremendous success for all those who plotted the fixing of this contract, ignoring reports from municipal officers and violating the constitutional right to equal opportunities of the rest of the companies who participated in good faith”.

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