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Palm trees must be treated in October, November

foto tractament becutThis morning the Formentera Council's Office of Agriculture has issued a reminder that preventive treatment of Formentera palm trees, with authorised phytosanitary products, is recommended in October and November.

During these two months a spike takes place in the flight of the red palm weevil, a pest which affects local palm trees. “Adults of the species leave already hard-hit trees in search of new food sources” explained staff specialist Laura Pérez, “which is to say, healthy palm trees yet to be colonised”.

Furthermore, the administration reminds island residents of the current ban on the pruning of palm trees. Pruning is only authorised during the coldest months of the year and the exact dates of this year's open period have yet to be determined. For more information, contact the Office of Agriculture of the Formentera Council.

Jacobo Domínguez, first Formentera native to win Balearic trap shooting contest

foto campio tir al platCiF vice president Susana Labrador and councillor of sport Jordi Vidal met today with Jacobo Domínguez Tur, the first Formentera native to win the Copa Balear, a trap shooting contest in the Balearic Islands. The competition, celebrated since 1999, was held last weekend on Menorca.

Councillor Vidal seized the opportunity to congratulate the young skeet shooter, who was only too happy to receive the honour of being the island's first Copa Balear title-holder. “It's a big responsibility”, said Domínguez, “and a great satisfaction to have lifted up Formentera even just that little bit”.

The Balearic champion began practising skeet, or trap shooting, at 14 years old. Today he is 22. Alongside Domínguez was another member of Formentera's local shooting assocation, Joan Ferrer, who also participated and came in fourth.

Mehari pulled from la Mola precipice

netaja penya-segat 2In a report this morning the Formentera Council’s Office of Environment informed that 640 kg of scrap metal was lifted yesterday from the cliffs of la Mola. A cleanup day, organized by Colgados de Formentera and the Council, saw members of the association of rappel climbers successfully pull a Mehari car from a spot in the middle of the bluffs where it had sat for more than 25 years.

Other volunteers participated alongside the Colgados team in the cleanup, an event which was included in the programme of the town’s local festival, Festes del Pilar de la Mola. Three members of the Formentera fire brigade also helped slice the vehicle into smaller pieces, which made it possible to raise the chassis from its perch on the crag. The off-road compact SUV was ultimately transported to the local vehicle decontamination plant. Department chief Daisee Aguilera thanked all the participants for their efforts.


Formentera Council distributes free recycling bags

foto entrega bosses reciclablesThe Formentera Council's Office of Environment reported today on a 255.8-tonne spike in waste generated on the island during the January-September period of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015. “In terms of recyclable material, there was a slight increase in glass collected —67.38 tonnes more— followed by a smaller increment in plastics collection, which saw a 24.98-tonne increase. Paper and cardboard, however, experienced a lower collection figure — 13.34 tonnes lower”, explained environment councillor Daisee Aguilera.

From January to September (a period which includes both months) the rates of recycling held steady at about 23%, which are among the highest in the country. However, added Aguilera, that figure is very similar to last years'. To try and increase recycling rates as well as the reuse of reusable materials, to factors which have remained stagnant in recent years, the Formentera Council has acquired 3,000 packs of collection bags for plastics, paper and cardboard and glass.

Starting next Monday October 10 residents can collect their packs at the CiF Office of Environment, located at number 15, carrer Mallorca in Sant Ferran, Monday through Friday, 9.00am to 2.00pm. The packs will also be handed out to users of the Deixalleria, the local household waste collection centre, at the Sant Francesc industrial park, Monday through Saturday, 9.00am to 1.30pm, and Monday through Friday afternoons, 3.30 to 5.30pm.

Each pack includes three bags for glass, plastics and cardboard recycling. The environment councillors hopes the bid will “raise local awareness about recycling and help people recycle in a more ordered fashion”. The initiative carried a cost of €13,539.90. Bags will be distributed until none remain.

Recycling savings
Aguilera highlighted the cost of shipping unrecycled waste to Eivissa —€137 per tonne— plus the added cost of placement in the Ca Na Putxa rubbish tip — €30 per tonne. Hence, Formentera residents saved €310,910.58 by recycling 1,861.74 tonnes between January and September 2016. Recycled waste doesn't incur freight costs, because they are covered by the recycling companies themselves.

Greater involvement
In light of the fact that the summer season's end is approaching, Aguilera asked residents and big waste producers, who may be carrying out end-of-season cleanups, to be mindful and civic, and remember that large rubbish —and waste like paints, electronics, batteries and oils that requires special treatment— cannot be left at collection bins. “The island will be cleaner and we will significantly reduce the costs of treatment and collection if we are all conscious of proper waste management”, the councillor concluded.

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