After all the controversy, Algar – the Algarve’s solid waste disposal company – has won the vital extra space it needs in Cortelha (Loulé borough) for Sotavento (eastern Algarve) rubbish.

In June, Público explained that councillors were dragging their heels over Algar’s bid to expand its bursting infill footprint, on the basis that the land the company wanted is designated as national ecological reserve (REN).