The OCU identifies the cleanest and most neglected cities in Spain
The Organization of Consumers and Users ( OCU ) has carried out a study to identify the cleanest cities in Spain. The result shows that the majority are in the north of the country.
The cities receiving the most criticism identified excrement and pollution as the main issues, while the state of the parks and gardens along with the state of the remote areas from the city centres achieved the best comments.
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Asturias is known for the abundance of dear and Ovido’s inhabitants consider that their city is cleaner, highlighting the cleanliness of the gardens and parks.
However, they emphasize that there is a considerable excrement in its streets, which makes global satisfaction quite low.
However, Oveido managed to be the first with an OCU score of 7.9 out of 10.
The people of Bilbao emphasized the neatness of their streets and sidewalks and considered that they have succeeded in greatly reducing local pollution.
Just as Asturians, locals criticised the droppings, and their dissatisfaction of cleanliness in the areas away from the center.
The overall satisfaction by the population scored 7.7 out of 10 in the OCU study.
The city of Vigo has one of the highest budgets for urban cleaning at €71 million, which is reflected in its scores.
Most aspects of the OCU study values exceeded 7 out of 10.
For its part, Logroño values its fight against pollution very positively, but punished those who leave their dog’s mess in the streets, which makes their roads very dirty.
Pamplona recorded one of the most significant increases.
The positive opinion of its citizens has improved with respect to previous years, and now they consider that their strong points are the parks and gardens
Pamplona’s OCU score was 7.6 out of 10.
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Jaén scored the lowest according to the OCU. Of the eight criteria that were assessed in this study, only contamination scored a more positive mark of 5.
Jaén’s inhabitants rated the city a 3.1 out of 10.
The tourist destination of Alicante, despite having invested €47 million in urban cleaning did not score favourably.
Above all, residents complained about the condition of the buildings and their surroundings, as well as the amount of excrement in their streets.
Alcalá de Henares
As for Alcala de Henares, the town continues to be in the bottom for urban cleaning and continues to occupy the top 5 in the OCU list of the dirtiest cities in Spain.
Although Alcalá de Henarest has improved a bit, its inhabitants consider it insufficient.
Cuenca has invested €38 million in urban cleaning for its 50,000 inhabitants, but while Pamplona, has three times more inhabitants and only dedicates 10 million more, Cuenca has not managed the resources well and only scored 3.6 out of 10 in the OCU study.
Palma de Mallorca
Finally, Palma de Mallorca is last on the list of dirty cities.
The state of cleanliness has worsened in recent years, especially droppings found in its streets and the dirt around the buildings has increased.
For more information about the rest of the cities, view the OCU report here.