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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
9.00am-5.00pm

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

Formentera youth get on board for Women’s Day celebrations

foto 2020 mural dona 3Earlier today the Formentera Department of Youth unveiled the list of activities lined up this coming March at the island’s youth drop-in centre, the Casal de Joves. Department chair Vanessa Parellada called the first week “a very special one”, highlighting not just local plans to commemorate Women’s Day but also efforts by island youth to “win a better lot for women in society and educate others about the importance of real equality”.

At 6.00pm this Friday 6 March, the Casal will host a contest using a captivating digital premise to test participants’ knowledge on an array of questions like equality and gender. Then, at 7.00pm on Wednesday 18 March, attendees can also see En la brecha, a documentary about inequality in the working world.

Youth will also command the spotlight in the once-monthly environmental actions that have become standard. On Friday 27 March Formentera Marxa will add its name to Fridays for Future, and from 4.00pm, workshops in Sant Francesc’s Plaça de la Constitució will offer youth and islanders at large the chance to learn about the importance of having a sustainable future.

Meeting of Youth Councils
On Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th, Youth Councils from across the Balearic Islands, including Formentera’s Youth Participatory Council (Consell de Participació de la Infància i la Joventut), will gather for their first meeting in Santa Eulària, Eivissa.

Casal de Joves turns 13
Councillor Parellada pointed out that one of the more special events would be happening from 6.30pm on Tuesday 31 March: the Casal de Joves’ 13th anniversary. The chief of the youth office applauded efforts to include Formentera youngsters in the Casal’s creation and growth, and called on people aged 10 and over, and all those who have taken part in Casal activities over the last 13 years, to join in.

Other activities
Kicking off the programme today in the Casal is a workshop on homemade decals and stickers, followed by, at 5.30pm on Saturday 7 March, a culinary clinic where participants can learn how to make Colombian empanadas. Youth can drop in every other Wednesday (11 & 25 March) for film night; do arts and crafts for Father’s Day on 13 Friday; learn tips for discussing sex and getting questions answered in the “Let’s talk about sex” workshop on Saturday 14 March, or take part in a circus activity on Saturday 21 March. All activities, except for the how-to on empanadas, start at 6.30pm in the Casal de Joves.

4 March 2020
Department of Communication
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

Formentera presents arguments re: draft bill on education in Balearics

The Formentera Department of Education reports that the administration has submitted 18 separate declarations concerning the Balearic government’s draft bill on education. According to education chief Susana Labrador, the briefs, sent during a period of time set aside specifically for public comments, are aimed at not just making sure the real needs of each island are represented, but also “enriching the wording of the legislation and highlighting the significance of decisions affecting education”.

“The hand we were dealt on Formentera means our residents endure a condition of triple isolation”, said Consellera Labrador. As it was presented, the text of the draft bill makes no mention of Formentera’s “insularity” — a condition which, as far as education, infrastructure, amenities, supplies, resources and services are concerned, “has grave repercussions”, according to the comments submitted by Formentera. “Such assets, if scattered across Eivissa and Mallorca, are, on Formentera, nowhere to be found. These deficits, blind spots and needs are not going anywhere.” Formentera’s representatives say an appropriate education bill would do something to compensate the de facto isolation, like initiating a policy of grants, over and above the general system of grant moneys already in place at the regional and national levels, to benefit locally-domiciled students who study off the island.

Local decision-makers also insisted that Catalan, the native language in the Balearic Islands, be the go-to language in education — exactly as is laid out in regional legislation that was adopted on 29 April 1986.

Formentera’s representatives likewise agitated for the possibility of collaborative agreements between island governments and town councils — not just in the first stage of early-childhood education or lifelong learning for adults, but in vocational programmes as well, and special schooling arrangements that the current draft legislation ignores.

Free schooling for children under 3
Formentera’s policymakers voiced their hope that, ultimately, the legislation would make reference to the goal of removing costs for educating children under three years old. They additionally argued the bill must specifically state how much funding such a move would require and how island and town councils ought to assume the cost.

The comments also include improvements in areas such as occupational training, human resources, funding, application of the bill and student grants.

4 March 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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