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Municipal waste

In accordance with Article 3 of the Legislative Decree 1/2009 of 21st July approving the revised text of the Law regulating waste, municipal waste is that generated in private homes, shops, offices and services. It is also all waste that is not considered hazardous when, due to its characteristics and composition, it can be added to the waste produced in the aforementioned places and activities. The following are also considered municipal waste: waste from cleaning public roads, green areas, recreational areas and beaches; dead domestic animals; furniture, utensils and abandoned vehicles; waste and rubble from minor building works and household repairs.

A subgroup of municipal waste is commercial waste, which is defined as that generated by retail and wholesale commercial activity, the hotel and catering trade, bars, markets, offices and services. This subgroup is equivalent, for management purposes, to waste produced by industry that can be added to municipal waste.

Due to the strategic importance of municipal waste and its presence throughout society, it has a specific management programme, infrastructure planning and management model. The current management model and planning bases are centred, among other factors, on the principles of proximity, sufficiency and producer responsibility, and on the hierarchy established by the different management methods, which prioritise actions of prevention and selective collection.