The coastal cleaning service concludes the 2023 season with 27.81 tons of waste removed from the Balearic coasts

Nov 6, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

Regarding geographical distribution, Mallorca leads with 16,915 kg, followed by Menorca with 6,083, Eivissa with 3,714 and Formentera with 1,099.

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The coastal cleaning service

The coastal cleaning service of the Conselleria del Mar y del Ciclo del Agua has concluded the 2023 campaign, which began in June and ended last September, removing a total of 27,812.94 kg of waste in the Balearic archipelago, equivalent to an average of 195.82 kg per day of garbage extracted.

The joint effort of the ‘beach’ and ‘coastal’ boats, which have worked uninterruptedly for 120 days, has made it possible to carry out the campaign aimed at the prevention and sanitation of bathing waters on beaches and coves of the Balearic Islands. Regarding geographical distribution, 16,915 kg of waste have been removed in Mallorca, followed by Menorca with 6,083, Eivissa with 3,714 and Formentera with 1,099.

Specifically, beach boats have contributed with the cleaning of 20,888.44 kilos, averaging 138.22 kilos per day, while coastal boats have collected a total of 6,924.53 kg, with an average of 57.61 per day.

In Mallorca, the compilation of data by municipality reveals that Pollença tops the list with 3,227.45 kg of waste removed. Capdepera follows it with 2,324.75 kg and Alcúdia with 1,928.06. Likewise, Felanitx and Palma also registered significant figures, reaching 1,498.55 kg and 1,207.68 kg collected, respectively.

In Menorca, the collection reached 2,050.20 kg in Es Mercadal and 1,717.43 kg in Maó. Ciutadella contributed 1,218.90 kg to the cleanup. In Eivissa, Sant Josep removed 1,371.48 kg, while 914.60 kg were collected in Sant Joan. Formentera contributed to the removal of 1,099.05 kg.

Among the waste collected, plastic is the main pollutant, accounting for 45.70% of the materials collected. It is followed by wood, with 32.17%, and other materials such as vegetation (7.20%), miscellaneous objects (8.20%), organic matter (5.26%) and oils or hydrocarbons (0.78%). It should be noted that during the current season, 7.6 tons of waste have been collected more than last year.

In addition to the usual cleaning, the brigades attended to 23 warnings, including assistance in cases of fuel spills and the collection of specific waste in specific coves. The warnings coming from 112 and Salvamento Marítimo totalled 17, while the remaining six were issued by institutions and individuals.

During the season there have also been interventions such as the collection of trees, plastic barrels, sunken boats adrift, dead animals or wrecks. In addition, during the summer months, the presence of the Portuguese Caravel has not been reported, although some Pelagia, Rhizostoma and Tuberculata jellyfish have been collected in bathing areas.