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Formentera introduces recycle-a-bike service at Deixalleria

foto 2020 bici deixalleriaThe Formentera Department of Environment announces the start of a service that lets islanders recycle bikes at the local household waste disposal point.

Environment councillor Antonio J. Sanz said the idea “came from seeing the vast numbers of cast-off bikes recovered by local upkeep crews”. “It’s a great way to cut waste and promote reuse. What the Consell has tried to do is clean up the materials and help islanders imagine a second life for them. Reducing waste and supporting a circular economy are our firm commitment”. Sanz highlighted celebration this week of European Waste Prevention Week, and asserted, “It’s an issue where building social awareness is fundamental”.

2019 saw the start of another educational push at the Deixalleria: a pilot project to rethink the costly process of chipping used pallets at the transfer station and shipping them to Eivissa. Five-hundred seventy pallets have been recycled, amounting to a total savings of €2,722 since the programme’s launch.

Roughly twenty bikes and fifteen pallets are are available for free delivery to anyone who registers at the Deixalleria’s drop-off point and agrees to certain terms: items may not be resold, they must be used sensibly and in keeping with local environmental regulations. It is expressly forbidden to burn pallets that are painted or treated with varnish. The Consell de Formentera reserves the right to take bikes or pallets back if terms are violated.

The Deixalleria is open 9.00am to 1.30pm Monday to Saturday and 3.30pm to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

28 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Seven students complete Consell de Formentera course on social and cultural integration for foreigners

foto 2020 cursYesterday was the last day of class for seven students in the Formentera Social Welfare Department’s course on social and cultural integration held this November at Formentera’s adult learning centre. Students in the course hailed from Argentina, Colombia, Morocco and Mexico.

After sitting for the last session, social welfare councillor Rafael Ramírez applauded participants’ effort and interest and pointed out that certificates of completion issued by the Balearic Islands would be valid as preparation for the CCSE citizenship test or to demonstrate integration during the early phases of a stay in Spain.

Class size was limited this year to accommodate Covid-19 safety protocol. The course was led by Dolores Fernández Tamargo and covered topics including Spanish constitutional values, human rights and civil liberties, the Balearic Statute of Autonomy, the European Union and gender equality, among others.

27 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Casal de Joves unveils December programme

cartell 2020xii Casal de JovesEarlier today the Formentera Youth Department announced details about the activities lined up next month at the island’s youth drop-in centre. Councillor Vanessa Parellada told local youngsters to expect a renewed focus on awareness building this December, and encouraged youth to set time aside for Casal de Joves Christmas celebrations as well.

Programming will run the gamut, with activities on Tuesday 2 December commemorating International Functional Diversity Day (3 December); a Thursday workshop where participants can craft their own reflex-stimulators and a Friday mic-less karaoke session.

Christmas holidays
Day-one of Christmas holiday preparations on 11 December comes with an open invitation to help decorate the Casal for the yuletide season. As part of a Secret Santa on 16 December, participants are encouraged to give gifts made from recycled materials.

On 19 December the fun is at Es Cap football pitch, where youth are invited to join a mixed match. Participants are asked to reserve in advance.

Wednesdays at the Casal are film days and this month is no exception. On 23 December the 13+ street dancers that meet 4.30pm to 5.30pm every week from Tuesday to Saturday will screen a demo video recorded by the group. The December programme concludes on the 29th with a FIFA 2020 competition.

Covid-19 safety measures will be in place at all events.

27 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

On International Day of People with Disabilities, ‘Cultivating values’ aims at awareness

foto 2020 dia discapacitatsThe Formentera Social Welfare Department has put together an assortment of activities to educate islanders around this year’s International Day of People with Disabilities, 3 December. At one awareness-building event, local associations bringing together islanders with disabilities will plant trees in the garden of the adult day care centre.

Social welfare councillor Rafael Ramírez praised the associations’ members for their involvement and commitment, saying the work “is key to building visibility and promoting integration”. Ramírez highlighted the Consell de Formentera’s work to meet the needs of people with disabilities, calling guaranteeing every person’s rights “critical” and encouraging islanders to take part in the events.

Collaborators in the programme include the Eivissa-Formentera Association of People with Special Needs (Apneef); Pau Mayans Association for the Integration of People on the Autism Spectrum (Apmitea); the local chapter of the Spanish Cancer Association (Formentera-AECC); the local support group for chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and other conditions; the Eivissa-Formentera Group for Advanced Capacities and Talents (ACTEF) and the Pine Islands Group for Social and Educational Inclusion (APIES).

Programming in the days ahead:

‘Cultivating values’
On 3 December, Formentera associations participating in ‘Cultivating values’ will gather in the adult day care centre garden to plant trees and post messages to promote awareness. A manifesto will later be read by a spokesperson for local groups of people with functional diversity.

Information table
From 11.00am to 1.00pm the same day in Sant Francesc’s Plaça de la Constitució, Formentera functional diversity groups will tend an information stand and sell products handcrafted by islanders at the Centre de Dia.

Ràdio Illa round-table
From 10.00am to 11.00am on Tuesday 2 December, public radio station Ràdio Illa invites specialists in functional diversity and family members of functionally diverse individuals to discuss the Consell’s Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Evening of shorts: ‘Diversely able’
At 7.00pm on 11, 18, 22 and 29 December, islanders can catch an array of short-fil11s about diversity and inclusion, made possible by collaboration from Formentera Film and Soria International Short Film Fest. The first screening will take place at Casa del Poble de la Mola, and the following three in the Sala d’Actes of the Consell.

Space is limited and reservations required: administració.centredia@conselldeformentera.cat.

All December long, island crowds can catch Alexis and Bruno Morante’s Bla, Bla, Bla before Friday and Sunday night films at the Formentera cinema (Sala de Cultura).

27 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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