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Consell opens Deixalleria for appointments

The Formentera Department of Environment reports that the decision was made to open the municipal household waste and recycling centre, or Deixalleria, Monday to Saturday from 8.00am to 1.30pm. The centre will open by request from today; islanders who wish to obtain an appointment must phone 971 41 02 02. A thirty-minute margin will be maintained between appointments to ensure no overlap occurs between service users.

On a related note, it’s crucial everyone abides by hours for drop-off of rubbish and glass at kerbside bins: 8.00am to 11.00pm for the former and 8.00am to 11.00pm for the latter. Other categories of waste may be dropped off at any time.

6 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell and Ibiza & Formentera Preservation take Sustainability Clinic to local students

plastic free aula sostenibilidad2The Formentera Department of Environment has teamed up with Ibiza & Formentera Preservation to launch an initiative called l’Aula de Sostenibilitat. The aim of the initiative, whose name translates roughly as “the Sustainability Clinic”, is to make educational materials about sustainability and environmental preservation more widely available.

“Initially we envisioned taking the project to island classrooms”, said environment conseller Antonio J Sanz. The ongoing public health crisis, however, meant that “as with arrangements to work or attend classes from home, we needed to tailor it to fit current needs”. “The Sustainability Clinic embodies these changes. We’re very excited about this project and see it as a very powerful tool.”

Also backing the initiative is the Eivissa-Formentera Education Office, which is collaborating to disseminate the clinic’s associated activities across schools on Formentera’s northerly neighbour. Various levels of the public administration can use the Sustainability Clinic.

Related educational materials can be downloaded using the Classroom tool. Plastic Free Eivissa & Formentera, Water Alliance, Ibiza Produce, Sustainability Observatory and Marine Forum all take part in producing content for the initiative, the goal of which is to touch on a range of different subjects whose common ground is the environment and the Balearic Islands. Content related to Plastic Free Eivissa & Formentera was produced with backing from Ferrovial.

Free to use and with versions in Catalan, Castilian Spanish and English, the material was conceived for use in a variety of subjects across primary and secondary education.

Resources are available in the following subjects:

· Climate change: ecosystems in the islands, biodiversity, geological attributes, climatology.
· Water: the water cycle, purification, reuse, pollution.
· Plastics and waste: plastic and bioplastics, how they affect the environment, the 3 R’s.
· Local produce: organic farming, other certified forms of agriculture, native produce and when it can be found, native species.
· The sea: posidonia, threatened species, marine reserves, water quality in swimming areas, polluting discharge, etc.
· Biodiversity: endemic flora and fauna, native species, invasive species, etc.

The material is potentially of interest to schools and teachers because it touches on a subject that students of a particular age are already familiar with and receptive to. Updates will typically occur on Mondays, although presentations may be uploaded more frequently.

Schools interested in using the educational material can get in touch by contacting the Google Classroom email auladesostenibilitat@gmail.com.

3 April 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Appealing to islanders’ civic sense, Consell urges proper waste disposal and issues reminder re: Covid-19 recommendations

foto 2020 contenidors1The Formentera Department of Environment reminds islanders that waste must be sorted and placed in bins by category: non-recyclable garbage in grey bins, paper and cardboard in blue, Tetra Briks, cans and plastics in yellow, and glass in green. Cleaning crews have signalled increasingly large rubbish piles found next to empty refuse collection points.

“Putting trash in the right bin isn’t just a question of aesthetics; it’s a key public health issue, both for those that empty the containers and clean our streets and for normal islanders as they try to use public dustbins”, said environment conseller Antonio J Sanz as he appealed to residents for cooperation. “A clean Formentera is everyone’s business”, he said.

The following municipal facilities have closed amid the coronavirus health crisis: Es Cap de Barbaria vehicle dismantling station, household waste recycling centre (Deixalleria), Es Cap de Barbaria transfer station for non-hazardous construction and demolition waste and garden clippings. The closures will remain in effect for the duration of the state of alarm.

The Department of Environment reminds islanders of recent action to ramp up sanitising efforts in busy public spaces, particularly immediately outside pharmacies, supermarkets, food shops, banks, etc.

Recommendations for handling rubbish at homes with Covid-19 patients
The Consell de Formentera reminds islanders of the Spanish Ministry of Health’s recommendation for handling rubbish at home.

Households where no one is infected or under quarantine are encouraged to sort waste as usual. In an effort to reduce the amount of waste that winds up at treatment plants, please remember, proper sorting of paper/cardboard, glass, plastics and organic waste if applicable is key. Please only place items in bins that correspond to the accepted items as listed.

Another important reminder: latex and nitrile gloves like those used on trips to the grocery store are not plastic and hence, must not be placed in plastics-only yellow containers.

According to the health ministry, households in which at least one of the members is infected with Covid-19 or under quarantine should dispose of the patient’s waste, including single-use objects like gloves, tissue paper and masks used by the patient, in a plastic bag-lined dustbin (BAG 1) which should be located in the patient’s room (if possible, the bin should have a lid and a foot-push lever). Waste sorting in these cases is unnecessary.

BAG 1 must be properly closed and placed inside another rubbish sack (BAG 2), which will in turn accommodate gloves and masks used by the caregiver. BAG 2 must be properly closed before being taken out of the room.

BAG 2 and its contents should be placed into the bag (BAG 3) containing the household’s non-organic and non-recyclable waste [labelled “resta” on bins]. After closing BAG 3, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water for 40-60 seconds.

BAG 3 must be put into the general rubbish bin. Under no circumstance must these bags be placed in organic, plastics, paper, glass or fabric bins or left standing nearby.

31 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Cleaning pharmacy shopfronts

foto 2020 neteja farmacies1The Formentera Department of Environment reports that, in line with a request from the Official College of Pharmaticists in the Balearic Islands, crews have ramped up their efforts to clean and disinfect pavements adjacent to urban pharmacies across Formentera.

Pharmaceutical professionals have pointed out the current health emergency has seen a jump in visits to chemists, with attendant queues of customers waiting for their turn to enter. Formentera’s municipal cleaning services use special disinfectant cleaner and pressure washers in these areas and other busy urban spaces.

26 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera ramps up cleaning in main urban centres

foto 2020 neteja covid1The Formentera Department of Environment reports that since Wednesday, a collaborative effort has been under way with local cleaning contract-holder Ferrovial to sanitise and pressure-wash the busiest areas on the island. Department chief Antonio J Sanz pointed out that the undertaking is happening “in compliance with ministry recommendations and in the interest of the public good”.

The following measures are already being deployed:

-Backpack sprayer application of liquid disinfectant on street furniture in island’s main urban centres. Often low-concentration solution of bleach.

-As is periodically done, local squares are being pressure-washed according to recommendations on water-diluted liquid disinfectant. (Similar actions will be replicated in high-footfall points such as ATMs and supermarkets in urban areas.)

Cleaning crews will be outfitted in special suits, gloves and masks.

The Department of Environment also announces that the woodchipper service for garden clippings has been suspended.

20 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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