Throughout December 2019, the Funchal City Council held a free ‘monster’ collection campaign. Monsters are the name given to large items of waste that cannot be collected through the usual rubbish collection service. Given the increased production of large waste materials during Christmas season, the CMF’s “Get rid of the Monsters!” aimed to target several areas in Funchal, including São Pedro, Santo António, São Roque, São Martinho and São Gonçalo.
The deputy mayor of Funchal, Idalina Perestrelo, said that “the relevance of this initiative is at a time when people tend to make new purchases for their homes and change equipment such as furniture and appliances. This solution was praised by CMF collection workers, as it allowed them to collect approximately four tonnes of this type of waste, which often accumulates in people’s homes, or worse, ends up being dumped on the side of the road.
In 2019, more than a 1,000,000 tons of this type of bulky waste was collected, either directly at the residents’ house, via the municipality’s collection service or through the campaigns that the CMF promote throughout the year in local neighbourhoods either through the collection of abandoned waste. The deputy mayor also reiterated that this is an essential service from our Environment Department, who have to contend with demanding logistics and whose efforts and workers are sometimes not recognised enough.
The council also warns that the improper disposal of waste on the public road, in particular of large, bulky electrical items remains a problem. So, it is essential that the entire population is aware of the correct way to dispose of this type of waste, i.e. by either contacting the council services or by taking advantage of local initiatives. It is also important to remember that abandoning such items on the side of a public road or in other public spaces is punishable by a fine of up to €250.
Concluding, Idalina Perestrelo said that the Municipality of Funchal would once again organise several free large item collection campaigns throughout this year, to continuously promote good citizenship practices and respect for public facilities and spaces, ensuring a clean and environmentally friendly city. The deputy mayor went on to say that ‘we now and always count on the collaboration of the entire population to keep the city clean.’
In 2018, Funchal City Council services collected 787,290 kg of bulky waste, including abandoned and the on-demand removal of large domestic monsters. In 2019, this figure was superseded as 1,000,780 kg of ‘monsters’ were collected by December the 31st.