Collection of solid waste in the sea of Ibiza and Formentera

When summer arrives, the presence of thousands of tourists on the beaches of Ibiza and Formentera, is an important human pressure for the coastline and sea, which requires a major effort in order to keep the water clean and crystalline. For this reason, maintenance of the coastline is an important part of the works done by the environmental public services. There are specially designed boats, to collect solid waste from the sea. Which from their permanent bases in the ports of Vila, Sant Antoni and La Savina in Formentera, daily travel the coast to carry out their tasks of cleaning. In addition there is a plane to detect large floating objects, which could be found in the sea throughout the Balearic Islands.

The garbage types are very diverse, mostly the extracted materials are plastic and glass, 40% of the total, in addition to wood, organic matter, paper, tar and even appliances, proving the lack of civism from a part of the population. In terms of volume, in Ibiza are taken about 25,000 kilograms of garbage annually, while in Formentera almost reaches 10,000 kg. Those ones, mainly concentrated around S’Espalmador island, from the many leisure yachts visiting during the summer this truly idyllic spot.

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