Adeje rubbishJCBs have been ordered in to clear rubbish from Adeje, particularly in the coastal districts.

Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga has risked an all-out confrontation with striking binmen by the order.

The strike, now in its second week, by refuse collection workers over pay escalated yesterday when, just minutes after the binmen staged a protest outside the town hall, the mayor sent in the bulldozers to clear the rubbish mountains and load the garbage onto lorries to be taken to the island’s dump.

The action was being taken because of the health risk posed by the more than 130 tons of rubbish, piled up over the last two weeks during strike.

The measure, widely applauded by local residents and businesses, has been criticised by the binmen as illegal. However, Rodríguez Fraga said he would not hesitate to do the same again if the situation worsens and has even threatened to cancel the tender awarded to the refuse company.

The mayor also stated that while acknowledging the right of workers to strike, he also had to consider the rights of local inhabitants and the tourists to a clean and healthy environment