How to Recycle Correctly in Mijas Costa

Recycling might not be at the top of your list of things to think about when deciding whether you should move to Spain.

But if you’ve relocated, or are thinking of relocating, to Mijas Costa then understanding the local recycling rules will be essential. Recycling is considered to be an essential step in preserving the environment, as well as helping to keep the local community clean and tidy.



However, we also know that recycling rules can be confusing. What can you recycle, what can’t you recycle? And which rubbish goes into which bin? Don’t worry, we’re here to help with all the answers to those tricky recycling questions. Here’s everything you need to know about recycling correctly in Mijas Costa:

Choosing the Right Waste Recepticle

The number of bins in your local recycling center, or even outside your home, can be overwhelming, but it’s surprisingly simple once you get the hang of it. Here is a quick breakdown of all the bins you’re likely to encounter and what you should put in them:

The Green Bin: This is the bin for glass. That includes beer and wine bottles, as well as empty jars and any other clean glass.

The Yellow Bin: This is the bin for plastic lightweight containers and tins. Think butter containers and milk cartons, as well as clean and thoroughly washed tins. .

The Blue Bin: This is the bin for paper and cardboard. That includes newspapers, cardboard boxes, and shredded documents too.

The Grey Bin: The grey container is for organic and general waste. Effectively, this is the place to put any rubbish that can’t be recycled in the other containers.

For rubbish too large to fit into the general waste recepticles, such as furniture or large home appliances, you are advised to call 616489114 which is a free service. The council will then arrange to collect and recycle these pieces on your behalf.

Where to Take Your Waste

Much of the everyday household waste we create simply can't be placed into everyday household bins. In these circumstances, you will need to take your waste to the local dumping point. This is situated at La Cala De. You will find this at the crossroads between Avda. Mare Norsdrum with Av. Del Golf, on the second roundabout from La Cala, heading towards the golf course. Here you can recycle things that should not be placed in domestic waste containers, such as:

Batteries, car batteries, oil, paint, electronics, computers, light bulbs, and fluorescents. It is worth noting that there are limits to how much of these products you can take to the dump per day, so if you have particularly large volumes you may wish to divide thse and distribute them in two trips. The amount of each product you can recycle per person, per day is outlined below:

Domestic oil – 25 litres per person, per day
Motor oil – 15 litres per person, per day
Car batteries – 2 per person, per day
Normal and alkeline batteries – 50 per person, per day
Button batteries – 10 per person, per day
Plastic – 1 cubic meter per person, per day
Rubble, 500 kilos per person, per day
Sheets of glass – 10 kilos per person, per day
Wood and furniture – 1 cubic metre per person, per day

The dumping point in La Cala is open Monday to Friday (8am – 8pm) and Saturdays and Sundays (8am to 6pm), giving you plenty of time to visit and recycle your unneeded or unwanted products at your own convenience.

Recycling, Made Convenient

Finally, it is worth mentioning that if you don’t have a car or simply don’t have the time to drive to the La Cala recycling centre then you can make use of the council-run ecomobile; this is a mobile dumping point that visits various urban centres to pick up dangerous domestic waste. The ecomobile visits large urban hubs on a monthly basis. To find out whether your area is on its route, check out the schedule below:


You’ll find the ecomobille on the 4th Friday of every month, located outside the Tourist Office from 11am to 2pm


You’ll find the ecomobile on the 3rd Tuesday of every month located at El Cerrillo de Las Mentiras (old market place in Las Lagunas) from 8am to 2pm.


You’ll find the ecomobile on the 3rd Wednesday of each month located next to the street market from 8am to 2pm.

Are you thinking of moving to Mijas Costa? It is a truly wonderful place to live. Why not get in touch with our expert relocation team, who can help you to plan your move, and help you find the property of your dreams? You’ll be living, and recycling, in Mijas Costa in no time!