Recycling in Orba

Waste Categories | Large Items | Green Waste | Mobile Eco Park

Entry to the El Capso buzons is by keycard. One keycard is issued to each household and they can be collected from the Waste Management Office at the Town Hall Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 12.30pm and 2.30pm and Wednesdays from 8am - 10am and 4pm - 6pm. Any questions please contact Maria at or call or WhatsApp her on 671740799. To collect your card you will need to supply the following: Name, Address, NIE/DNI, Telephone, e-mail.

Since 18th February 2018 door-to-door rubbish collections have taken place in the village and some urbanisations including La Foia and La Palmeria. For the other urbanisations, including El Capso, the door-to-door collections do not apply and you should take your rubbish to the recycling point next to the mail boxes (buzones) on Calle de la Rota (east side). All residents of the urbanisations which operate a central recycling point are issued with a card which opens the door.

This recycling exercise has been hugely successful and Orba has gone from recycling just 15% of waste to now recycling about 85%.
Several Spanish newspapers have reported this recently. To read this in Spanish click here or view an English translation here.

Recycling container kits are available to all residents to make it easier to separate waste. If you have not collected your free kit you are encouraged to do so by contacting the Recycling Coordinator. Organic/food waste must be deposited into bio-degradable bags and then the bags deposited into the brown bins. Additional free bio-degradable bags are available from Maria, the Recycling Coordinator at the Town Hall on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 12.30pm - 2.30pm and on Wednesdays at the Town Hall from 8am - 10am and 4pm - 6pm, and also at the local market on Calle Mayor from 10am - 1pm. Alternatively, you can contact her by telephone or WhatsApp on 671 740 799 or by email


Yellow Bins - Light Packaging
Plastic bottles
Plastic bags
Plastic food trays
Polystyrene trays
Cellophane packaging
Tetra pak cartons, eg for milk, juices, etc
Hair removal wax cartridges (depilatory)
Aluminium foil
Cling film
Yoghurt containers
Foil seals and metal tops from wine and cava bottles
Plastic lids/stoppers
Metal lids/stoppers


Blue Bins - Paper & Cardboard
Paper or cardboard bags
Cardboard boxes
Paper stickers
Sheets of paper
Paper envelopes
Egg boxes

Green Bins - Glass Containers
Glass bottles
Glass jars

(note: broken glasses and glass plates do NOT go here)


Brown Bins - Organic
(in biodegradable bags only, which are supplied free from Town Council or to purchase in many supermarkets)
Spoiled food, without tray
Fruit and vegetable peelings
Leftovers of cooked food
Egg shells
Seafood shells
Ground coffee
Tea bags
Cellulose coffee filters
Wine & cava corks (not rubber)
Wooden toothpicks and matches
Paper towels (note: if used with cleaning or other products they should go into the grey bin)
Paper tissues
Plant soil
Flowers and grass
Fire ash
Dog waste (should be put in separate bags)

Grey Bins - Other
Cotton wool
Broken glasses and glass plates
Plastic meat wrappings
Foam rubber
Sewing needles
Sweeping dust
Adhesive tapes
Cotton buds
Nail files
Latex/rubber gloves
Paper towels (used with cleaning or other products)
Nappies/diapers, sanitary towels, tampons
Cotton wool
Cigarette ends
Wet wipes
Chewing gum
Cat litter

Free Collection of Large Household Items
For free collections of large household items (old furniture, washing machines etc.) to request a collection you must telephone or WhatsApp Maria (Tel. 671 740 799) or send an email to The preferred method is to send an email, detailing the furniture etc. which is to be collected, along with your phone number and address. These “large item” collections will be carried out weekly from June 2020.

Please also note, this free service is only for collection of a maximum of 3 items of surplus/large furniture etc. If you have lots of items (e.g. a house clearance) then you must make private arrangements with a company to collect the items and pay for it. Apparently Dasi or Marorba can assist, or will refer you to the appropriate company.

Garden/Green Waste

Dry leaves etc. can be placed in the organic waste. Tree branches, prunings and other large items from your garden must continue to be taken to the Garden Waste/Recycling Centre which is situated next to the water treatment works on the road off Calle Dels Plans into the campo. Click here for exact location on Google maps. Opening hours are Monday and Thursday 10am - 1pm and payment can be made by credit or debit card. There is a charge of €1/cubic metre (or equivalent to one large white builder's bag) for normal garden waste and €25/cubic metre for any palm tree related waste for Orba residents (those on the Padron). Non residents will be charged more (see below).

Orba Mobile Ecopark
Mobile Ecopark

Orba Mobile Ecopark

A mobile Ecopark is available every 2 weeks in Orba on Wednesdays from 10am to 1pm at the MUNICIPAL SPORTS CENTRE.

Remember that when you arrive at the Ecopark you have to ask the person in charge where you can leave your stuff. It has been hard to get this service and we must take care of it. The service will be available every two weeks (see calendar below). You can take any type of bulky waste (mattress, wood, electrical appliances, etc), and also special waste (used cooking oils, cartridges, paint residues or varnishes, etc), except rubble. If you have any questions about any specific waste, send an email to or call or WhatsApp Maria on 671 740 799.

Orba Mobile Ecopark


If you need to dispose of builder's waste, eg old tiles, Dasi charge €2.12 per capazo (rubber bucket) - check with them though, as rates may have changed. They have this facility at their main depot - just ask at the till.