Green flags went to the Madrid districts of Collado Villalba, Navacerrada and Colmenarejo; the Alicante localities of Finistrat and Benissa; Castrol Urdiales (Cantabria); El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona); San Roque (Cádiz); Espartinas (Sevilla) and San Bartolomé (Lanzarote). Following five years of renewing their green flag merit, the town councils of Palma, as well as Albacete; Badía de Vallés (Barcelona); Caldas de Reis (Pontevedra); Lorca (Murcia); Ponferrad (León); Torredolones (Madrid and Zarauz (Guipúzcoa) all received a gold-star mention at the award ceremony. According to the research carried out by the Consumer Federation, household waste recycling varied according to how selectively the rubbish was gathered; 72% of citizens declared they kept glass separate from other waste; 64% kept paper and cardboard to one side; and 40% recycled light packaging in the form of food cartons and plastic containers. Fifty-four percent of householders said that they didn't selectively recycle their waste because the recycling bins were simply too far from where they lived; nearly 29% claimed they didn't have enough room in their homes to stockpile selective waste; 13% said they had difficulty in identifying what items should go into which recycling container; and 6% said they couldn't be sure it was all worth the effort. Sixty-two percent believed that they didn't have enough information to correctly separate household waste for recyling; nearly 26 percent didn't know what was meant by green point labelling: a logo which proves that the manufacturers of the wrapping or food container contributes to funding a waste recovery and recycling scheme; and 42.3% didn't know what was meant by a clean point: a place where unclassified rubbish that doesn't fall into any specific container category, can be dumped for recycling.
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