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Consell gives Formenterers Solidaris €25,500 to continue support for vulnerable islanders and projects in developing countries

foto 2021 formenterers solidarisConsell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer, and the director of Formenterers Solidaris, Maria Costa, have put their signatures on a €25,500 partnership agreement between local government and the hometown NGO. The deal will support food deliveries to Formentera’s most vulnerable, as well as cooperation projects in developing countries in 2021. Consell vice-president Ana Juan and Sara Miguel, the deputy director of Formenterers Solidaris, also attended the signing.

Under the arrangement, the non-profit will administer food vouchers from the Formentera Department of Social Welfare, distribute food to at-risk islanders; shape and manage cooperation and development initiatives in developing countries; organise lectures, round-tables, forums and exhibitions, and host drives to collect donations for people in need.

11 August 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Local lifeguards get two new lookout and first-aid posts

foto 2021 casetes platgesThe Formentera Department of Interior is pleased to announce that the municipal lifeguard service has acquired two new booths for surveillance and first-aid. Priced at just under €25,237 (VAT included), the structures have a watchtower at the top and two separate areas —one for storage and staff changing rooms, and another with a first aid kit to care for the injured— down below.

Lifeguard service
Financed by the Consell de Formentera, the island’s seaside lifeguard service is operational between 1 May and 31 October. Ten lifeguards and a coordinator oversee safety on local beaches from 1 May until 1 June. The addition of 12 more lifeguards in June brings the total head count to 23, before dipping again to eleven —ten lifeguards and a coordinator— for the entire month of October.

In low season (i.e., May and October) lifeguards patrol Illetes, Llevant and Arenals. In June, July, August and September, in addition to these beaches, Pas des Trucadors, El Tanga, Es Pujols, Cala Saona and Es Caló are monitored as well.

Accessible, cardio care-equipped beaches
Arenals and Es Pujols beaches have access points for swimmers with reduced mobility. The service is available when the green flag flies, from 12 noon to 5.00pm. The service is available 1 May to 31 October at Arenals and 1 June to 30 September in Es Pujols.

11 August 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

In 2021, Formentera’s July waste surpasses 2019 figures by 7.8%

cartell 2021 per una illa mesThe Formentera Department of Environment reports that this past July islanders generated nearly 8% more waste than the same month in 2019. Total collection for the period stood at 1,373 tonnes (t), compared to 1,273 t two years prior. Meanwhile, the municipal cleaning contractor logged a running count from January to July of 4,559 t compared to 4,791 t for the same period in 2020. And, focusing on July alone, crews collected a total of 1,094 t — 25.5 t more in 2021 than in 2020.

Improved day pickup and checks

Environment chief Antonio J. Sanz explained that increased output since July meant expanded pickup needs at midday, since rules require normal grey-bin rubbish to be binned between 8.00pm and 11.00pm. On 5 August alone, the reinforced midday service hauled off a total of 8,300 kg of rubbish.

The Consell asks islanders, tourists and businesses to be mindful of others and use appropriate containers when disposing of waste. Items that are not fit for bins, including MSW whose daytime disposal in bins is prohibited, can be disposed of free of charge at the island’s household waste transfer station, or Deixalleria. The Deixalleria is open Monday to Saturday, 9.00am to 1.30pm, and Monday to Friday afternoons, 3.30pm to 5.30pm. The pickup service for household appliances and furniture can be reached by dialling 900 102 656.

In 2021, Formentera unveiled an educational push called ‘For a cleaner island’, together with reinforced inspections, to encourage the correct use of bins.

Disposal times at streetside bins:
MSW and similar rubbish: 8.00pm to 11.00pm. [Dumping outside these hours is punishable by fine.]
Glass: 8.00am to 11.00pm. [Dumping outside these hours is punishable by fine.]
Paper, cardboard, packaging, clothes, etc.: any time.

Door-to-door pickup at businesses:
Summer: daily, 8.00pm to 4.00am.
Winter: Sunday to Friday, 8.00pm to 4.00am.
Es Pujols, summer (1 June to 30 September): daily, 8.00pm to 11.00pm.

10 August 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Cynthia Díaz’s ‘Terra, aigua i aire’ settles into Centre Antoni Tur “Gabrielet”

cartell 2021 cynthia diaz ATomorrow, 10 to 19 August, resident painter Cynthia Díaz will take to Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’ to pull the curtain back on “Terra, aigua i aire”, an exhibition celebrating the trifecta of essential elements —earth, water and wind— on Formentera.

The display by the Asturia native is a colour-rich pictorial collection of 12 pieces —from acrylic on canvas and small-format watercolours to graphite— offering a many-sided look at life on the island. “Terra, aigua i aire” is open Monday to Saturday from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

9 August 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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