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Leroy Merlin and most of the hypermarkets also have bins for depositing used batteries.

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Someone has commented on my Grumpy Old Gran article about rubbish collection asking: ''What does your Spanish Council Tax cover - and is your Communal Trash area due to serving Flats?''

Can any Forum members help me with an answer?

The comment adds: ''Where I live now, Alltwen (outskirts of Swansea), I pay £110pcm but that includes all the emergency services etc that come with the Council. + they do take any amount of rubbish away that I put out (touch wood).

''But I agree, the UK is p###ing a lot of people off. What are the downsides to Spain by the way?''

I think we're looking at a new thread to answer that one!

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Someone has commented on my Grumpy Old Gran article about rubbish collection asking: ''What does your Spanish Council Tax cover - and is your Communal Trash area due to serving Flats?''

Can any Forum members help me with an answer?

The comment adds: ''Where I live now, Alltwen (outskirts of Swansea), I pay £110pcm but that includes all the emergency services etc that come with the Council. + they do take any amount of rubbish away that I put out (touch wood).

''But I agree, the UK is p###ing a lot of people off. What are the downsides to Spain by the way?''

I think we're looking at a new thread to answer that one!
Where we live, we get a separate bill for rubbish collection (basura de vivienda) every three months at the same time as the water bill. It is about €18 a quarter. The charge for sewerage disposal and drainage (alcantarillado) is invoiced once a year and is about €150.

The closest equivalent to the British council tax is the IBI, "Impuesto sobre Bienes Inmuebles" - a tax on the value of your property. The amount depends on your location and the size of the property and it can be paid annually or monthly on direct debit. Ours is about €300 a year on a 3-bed detached house.

So if you add them all up - IBI, rubbish, sewerage and water - for us it comes to about €620 a year, which is about a third of what we paid when we left the UK in 2008.

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Don't forget your 'Council Tax' in the UK covered a lot more than it does here in Spain.

Included in what you paid the council was things like social services, ambulance, police etc.

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We pay a little over €400 pa, and that seems to include rubbish (and skip for garden rubbish), street lighting, and they come around every other year cutting a fire break in the mountain infront of us. They also look after the public areas like the kids playground, the boules pitch and an exercise equipment site they installed last year

Water varies for us because of the pool and summer evaporation, but is between €25 per quarter with one larger one at €40/50

We dont get an additional sewerage bill, but people have to pay about €200 every 5 years or so to have the tank emptied if they have been throwing nasty chemicals etc down the loo regularly

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Don't forget your 'Council Tax' in the UK covered a lot more than it does here in Spain.

Included in what you paid the council was things like social services, ambulance, police etc.
But doesn't the IBI include an element that goes to the autonomous community or provincial government for that?

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Here's a link to where you can take bulbs of various types to be recycled
Ambilamp, asociación para el reciclaje de bombillas y fluorescentes | Recogida | Puntos de reciclado
If you don't want to go round to each recyling bin, save it all up and go to the "Punto Limpio", "Punto Verde"or whatever it is in your area where they will take all of the stuff together

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