The incivility of voluminous, graffiti and posters costs almost 1,000 euros a day to the people of Reus

The collection of the bulky items abandoned on public roads and the cleaning of stains, graffiti and posters in municipal spaces has already cost the city, between January and September of this 2022, up to 254,415.13 euros, according to data from the City Council. It is the bill that Reus residents face for the uncivil behavior of some.

The figure is equivalent to about 942 euros a day, almost 1,000, which could be invested in other areas but must be used to correct those bad attitudes that generate an extra cost. To the amount, it would be necessary to add, in addition, the amount, for example, of the repair and replacement of vandalized urban furniture, which has not been accounted for, or the replacement of litter bins or destroyed children's games.

Reus has been battling forcefully against this type of attitude for years, prohibited by the civic ordinance and which still rebound from time to time. The mayor, Carles Pellicer, explains in this regard that "incivility is a problem in today's society, which breaks good coexistence and represents a very high cost, both economic and social." "Unfortunately, we all suffer the consequences," he notes.

Pellicer appeals to the population: "As mayor, I ask everyone to help us fight against uncivil people, who fortunately are not the majority." For this reason, "from the Reus City Council we are finalizing a civility campaign that we are going to announce soon," advances the mayor.

Street furniture, on target

Problems of this type occur by streaks throughout the city. But the president of the Associació de Veïns I de Maig, from Mas Pellicer, Eduardo Navas, specifies that "here we take the cake". "Four or five days ago," he recalls, "they broke the seat of the urban bus stop in front of the church, which is now the only canopy we have left because they burned the other one."

Also "we had placed in the surroundings some bollards so that cars did not access, with the reflective upper part thinking that the elderly would see them well and that there would be no accidents, but six of the seven that we installed have already been dismantled." And "someone has knocked down the retaining wall of one of the ramps in the neighborhood," explains Navas, who adds that "lately we have had lights broken and some bench on the promenade that has been completely unused."

There also appear furniture and junk abandoned on public roads, but Navas defends that "although it may be that someone takes them out and leaves them there, it is not so much a matter of the neighbors, because here we are not rich to go around changing the decoration of the house every day. I de Maig has detected that "there is a truck that works for a furniture company that, when it does a service, comes to throw old cabinets or sofas in the neighborhood, next to the containers." “We passed notice to the City Council but they told us that we had to report it ourselves,” criticizes the neighborhood leader. Mas Pellicer asks, once again, "to increase the presence of Guàrdia Urbana" with the conviction that this "would put a stop to the vandalism with which we have to live".

It is not the only area where this happens. At the head of the Associació de Veïns El Roserar de Mas Iglesias, Francesc Jornet comments that "the greatest incidence is concentrated around the Roserar and La Olla parks." In the first "people get together who dirty and bother" while in La Olla "there is very little light and that gives rise to crime."

In general, as he expresses, “it would be good to have better lighting in several areas because the branches of the trees cover the streetlights; and we do not ask that they cut them but there is probably some solution ». "The City Council tells us that the light is within the parameters but that does not mean that it looks good," he stresses.

In Mas Iglesias "we have had problems of incivility, especially linked to the burning of containers and some graffiti" and "from time to time they break a bank and a litter bin." As for the bulky items, Jornet explains that "we see that sometimes they leave furniture at a specific point, in front of the Institut Roseta Mauri, on the floor."

Garbage collection is free

In recent years, the City Council has deployed plainclothes officers to reinforce control of uncivic people who leave garbage or bulky items outside the containers. And he has ordered the local police to sanction following what is established in the civility ordinance.

Reus has had a service since 2001 that is responsible for collecting furniture and other bulky waste. Through the form in or through 977 010 010, it is possible to request it. You have to lower the junk to the home portal at the time indicated, and operators come to take it away for free. Each citizen generates about 18.9 kilos of this waste per year, according to the Waste Prevention Plan.

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