26th October 2021
The old landfill site at the 'Vall d’en Joan' massif, in the Garraf,
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Garraf neighbours demand better action to reduce environmental pollution

The Association of Neighbours of the Garraf, its Natural Park, and numerous citizens of its small coastal town that forms part of the municipal district of Sitges, have presented 400 complaints to the Department of Territory of the Catalan Government, in which they urge ‘more and better inspections’ to reduce environmental pollution.

They seek better action to reduce solid particles in the air from the Garraf’s cement quarries and demand that more measures are adopted to minimise its effects and limit pollution.

Some residents also emphasise the ‘persistent smell’ of burned fuel related to the thousands of vehicles and trucks that circulate around the C-31, ‘very similar to what is breathed in big cities’, as well as the concentration of dust in the air after the detonations at the cement quarries of Vallcarca, especially on windy days.

The Sitges Town Council has taken the initiative with the installation of a permanent meter to measure the pollution of particles. The device is already located in a place close to the train station. As of 28 June, it will begin ‘to launch the first data’, according to Josep Maria Martínez, councillor for governance and urban services in Sitges and Garraf.

The old landfill site at the 'Vall d’en Joan' massif, in the Garraf,
The old landfill site at the ‘Vall d’en Joan’ in the Garraf massif, restored fifteen years ago. (L’Eco)

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