Staff Reporter
PALMA City Council is to put the second phase of a conveyor belt rubbish collection system into action tomorrow.
Aided by EMAYA, the municipal water and rubbish collection company, second stage works will continue in the old part of the city on a scheme whereby rubbish can be tipped into a shute and conveyed on a moving belt to a collection point.

City Hall confirmed that this second stage of the process is to make available 139 rubbish shutes to local residents, 29 of which can also be used by traders.

The first phase, finished in October 2002, included the installation of 243 shute access points to service 12'000 residents and 2'000 businesses. This alternative service meant that 600 conventional rubbish skips could then be withdrawn from service.

The project has been divided up into three consecutive stages with the aim of reducing the nuisance value. The city council is confident of being able to open this extension to the network by the end of this year.

The city council also declared that when the works start, “EMAYA will carry out a door-to-door campaign to make sure people understand how to benefit from the new system.”

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