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With ‘Glass for Posidonia’, Ecovidrio hosts travelling exhibition’s stop-over on Formentera highlighting importance of recycling glass

ecovidrio7marc“Glass for Posidonia” (Vidre per Posidònia) aims to bring football club players on board with glass recycling, developing awareness about why it’s important for the environment and for the effort to stop climate change

Saturday 7 March, 9.00am to 5.00pm, Plaça de la Constitució, Sant Francesc.

Formentera, 7 March 2020 | Ecovidrio, the non-profit entity responsible for recycling discarded glass bottles, jars and other containers in bins all across Spain has teamed up with the island governments of Eivissa and Formentera and participating town councils on Vidrio por Posidònia. The initiative, whose name translates as “Glass for Posidonia”, engages with young people via street marketing in Ibiza Town, Sant Antoni de Portmany, Santa Eulària des Riu, Sant Joan de Labritja, Sant Josep de sa Talaia and Sant Francesc de Formentera.

Vidrio por Posidonia is for football club players, fans and islanders at large, highlighting the perks and ecological payoff of recycling.

Street marketing will incorporate:

- Joc de la Vidre / Giant Game of the Goose. A new twist on an old favourite; this time, the focus is on glass recycling.
- Ecovidrio display. An educator and six info panels explain how glass recycling happens in Spain and why it’s important to preserve posidonia meadows near the two islands.

All-day street marketing will happen in the following locations:

Monday 2 March at Plaça d’Espanya, Sant Joan de Labritja
9.00am-2.00pm & 3.00pm-6.00pm

Tuesday 3 March at Passeig de les Fonts, Sant Antoni de Portmany
9.00am-2.00pm & 3.00pm-6.00pm

Wednesday 4 March at Passeig de S’Alamera, Santa Eulària des Riu
9.00am-2.00pm & 3.00pm-6.00pm

Thursday 5 March at Plaça Església de Sant Jordi, Sant Josep de sa Talaia
9.00am-2.00pm & 3.00pm-6.00pm

Friday 6 March at Passeig Vara del Rei, Eivissa
9.00am-2.00pm & 3.00pm-6.00pm

Saturday 7 March at Plaça de la Constitució, Sant Francesc de Formentera

How recycling glass helps the environment
One hundred per cent of the glass that goes into recycling bins is recycled. During the infinite cycle in which recycled glass is used to make new glass containers, none of the original properties of the material are transformed. And, recycling glass allows us to keep landfills smaller.

Glass recycling is a key part of the race to stop climate change. Enlisting crushed glass to make new glass containers means we extract fewer raw materials from the earth, preventing soil erosion and deforestation.

Plus, reconstitution generates minimal CO₂ emissions and saves energy.

About Ecovidrio
Ecovidrio is the not-for-profit entity that manages glass waste recycling in Spain. It started operations in 2018, one year after the adoption of legislation on packing and packing waste, becoming the managing body behind a recycling model that promises full and fully-accessible service to everyone in Spain. Eight thousand packing companies account for the material dropped off at collection points that make recycling possible.

Ecovidrio is different because of the quality of its bin-based recycling, because we invest in drop-off spots and bins, in projects to expand glass recycling in the catering industry, to mobilise through awareness building and to champion prevention and eco-designed packing.

Based on Ecovidrio’s 2018 estimates, Spain’s recycling rate has gone from 31.3% to 76.5% in the two decades since the year 2000.

Glass recycling is a critical part of sustainable development, transitioning toward an increasingly circular economy and tackling climate change. And glass recycling is key to successfully delivering on the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals for Sustainable Cities & Communities (11), Responsable Production & Consumption (12) and Climate Action (13).

4 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell and Govern back integrated environmental authorisation for Es Ca Marí substation

The Formentera Department of Environment reports that members of the regional environment committee, or CBMA, voted yesterday in plenary to grant integrated environmental authorisation to the Es Ca Marí plant. Local environment chief Antonio J Sanz pointed out that the move, which was backed by Consell de Formentera, establishes corrective strategies —on waste treatment, for example, or measures tackling vibrations, noise and gas emissions— to “put the plant on the right side of technical and environmental issues so installation of the third cable can proceed”.

And, the area around the power plant must be equipped with four fixed measuring stations to take sound readings to ensure it stays within an appropriate range morning, afternoon and night.

The changes must be applied before the plant incorporates generators to supply the power required for the substation. Today’s approval puts the power plant on stable administrative footing as well.

Conseller Sanz applauded “the CBMA, the energy and climate change division of the Balearic government and our administration work in recent months” and presaged “a swift and much-anticipated end to the troubles of area residents”.

4 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Ground campaign to stamp out pine processionary concludes with removal of 4,641 nests

campanya-processiona--ria-20201The Formentera Department of Environment reports that the effort to control numbers of the pine processionary caterpillar on the island resulted in the removal of nearly five thousand of the pest’s nests. The February campaign, which came with a €4,436 price-tag, was carried out jointly by the regional department of healthy forests and the Balearic Nature Institute, or Ibanat. The ground treatment lasted 17 days and saw forest crews covering over 132 kilometres in areas like Es Ca Marí, Es Carnatge, Punta Prima, Es Cap, Cala en Baster, Ses Bardetes, Camí vell de la Mola, Sant Ferran and Migjorn. The nests were incinerated at the treatment plant.

3 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera gets water fountain for outdoor events

gabrielet1The Formentera Department of Environment has acquired a drinking fountain to be set up at outdoor public events. Islanders got their first chance to use it at Sunday’s Carnaval parade, and it will be used again at the Women’s Run [Cursa de la Dona] on 8 March. Outside of events such as these, the fountain will be available for users of the Antoni Blanc sport and fitness centre, helping reduce single-use plastics. Purchase of the €5,186 machine is part of the ‘Plastic-free Consell de Formentera’ initiative, enacted by councilmembers last year and expected to see roughly thirty water fountains installed across local government facilities. Currently in tender, the service will also include assessment of high traffic areas to help determine placement.

27 February 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Some 1,500 caterpillar nests removed in first week of push to tackle pine processionary

foto-2-campanya-processiona--rThe Formentera Department of Environment is one week in to a new campaign to curb the local spread of the pine processionary caterpillar. Scheduled to conclude next Thursday, the effort, which has seen the administration partner with Ibanat and the Balearic healthy forests division, has involved the contracting of a specialist forestry firm to remove caterpillar nests and send them to the treatment plant for controlled burning. Nearly 1,500 nests have been removed in the seven days since the €4,436 initiative was activated.

Operations have so far centred on Es Ca Marí, Es Carnatge, Punta Prima, Es Cap, Cala en Baster and Migjorn, and have been made possible by additional help from islanders, who can report nests found on the island by using the pinpoint tracking feature of the Línea Verde app, phoning the environment office at 971.32.12.10, or sending the office an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    .

Islanders and hunters pitch in, too
Environment councillor Antonio J Sanz applauded everyday islanders for “finding and reporting nests so that they can be removed”, and highlighted the “seriousness of the pest’s exponential propagation in recent years”. Sanz called on affected landowners to join in the effort to stem the caterpillar’s spread across island trees. Article 9 of legislation passed on 20 November 2002 to protect plant health requires islanders whose property includes areas of forest affected by the caterpillar to keep trees healthy.

Sanz also highlighted efforts this January that saw local hunters firing off more than one thousand shells in the space of a weekend in order to get rid of nests.

The campaign is carried out in coordination with the Balearic Ministry of Environment and is part of a plan launched in October to tackle the plague. A helicopter was used during early stages of the effort to complete aerial dustings of Bacillus thuringiensis over affected areas.

13 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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