Tag Archives: Waste & sewage

More schools signed up for the fight against plastic

At the beginning of March, the infants and primary school, Margalida Florit, signed up to the “Promise 2020 without Plastic” and so agreeing not to use any plastic tableware in the school that is for use only once.

The “Promise 2020 Without Plastic” is a campaign started by GOB in the middle of 2018 that aims to eliminate the maximum amount of expendable plastic and to use products made from more sustainable materials, throughout Menorca. Continue reading More schools signed up for the fight against plastic

Allegations made against a rural hotel with more than 100 tourist places

Menorca is living in a boom period for countryside tourist accommodation, with many initiatives for agrotourism and rural hotels. Not all the projects are similar, as some have all the appearances of being short-term speculation for estate agents and others help in moving tourism from the coast inland. Continue reading Allegations made against a rural hotel with more than 100 tourist places

La Salle d’Alaior adds its agreement to fiestas without plastics

The Salle d’Alaior school has signed an agreement with GOB promising not to use disposable plastic crockery and cutlery for its fiestas and celebrations. Currently, 8.7 million tons of plastics end up on our shores. This number is only 3% of the plastic waste we generate in the world each year and it is rising. Far from being biodegradable, this waste breaks down into smaller pieces entering the food chain through fish, other sea food and salt which we then consume. The latest study talks of 5 grams of plastic per person, the equivalent of a credit card, each week. Continue reading La Salle d’Alaior adds its agreement to fiestas without plastics

A meeting with the Balearic Government requested to discuss the Central Power Station

Control of the Central Power Station, the approach to renewable energy, control of transport emissions and other similar subjects are the questions on which GOB wishes to deal with the new Counsellor for Energy Transition and with the Vice President of the Balearic Government. Continue reading A meeting with the Balearic Government requested to discuss the Central Power Station

Letter about water to Mrs Armengol and Mr Mir

One of the major problems that confronts Menorca is the shortage of water resources. This is a difficult matter to resolve because it is the Balearic Government that is responsible for its management and there have been successive cases of inaction, lack of transparency and failures to complete obligations. This is not a new problem, but it is never sorted out and in some cases becomes much worse. The latest example is from the increase in building development wanted at Torre-solí. Continue reading Letter about water to Mrs Armengol and Mr Mir

Microplastics and polystyrene in the Marine Reserve

A large volume of needless plastic and a great deal of broken plastic bits. This comes from the cleaning of the shore that GOB organised for 9 June in the area to the west of Cala Tirant. In total, more than 130 kilos of rubbish was collected of which more than 125 kilos were plastics and petroleum derived materials such as expanded polystyrene and ropes. If this is compared with other areas we have cleaned along the shore we see that the quantity collected seems to be less than we find normally, but it has to be borne in mind that a significant amount of this rubbish collection was made from the so called micro plastics, pieces of small plastic. As the area cleaned was a macar (a stony beach), the micro plastics accumulate between stones and are difficult to extricate. Continue reading Microplastics and polystyrene in the Marine Reserve

Wednesday 10 April, conference on drinking water and the overuse of plastic

The consumption of bottled water is provoking a large increase in plastic waste. In our islands there are initiatives to change this tendency and it is very interesting to learn about them. This Wednesday, 10 April, there is a talk in Mahon organised by CleanWave, which promotes the installation of places for providing drinking water without plastic containers. The talk will be accompanied by showing the film “Out of Plastic” made in Mallorca. Continue reading Wednesday 10 April, conference on drinking water and the overuse of plastic