The coastal cleaning service of the Regional Ministry of the Sea and Water Cycle removed a total of 5,692 kilos of waste from the coasts of the Balearic archipelago during the month of June. This action is part of the campaign to prevent and clean up bathing water on the beaches and coves of the Balearic Islands. Since June and until the end of September, 22 boats have been working in the archipelago to remove tons of waste that accumulate on the seafront: seventeen of them are of the ‘beach’ type and five of the ‘coastal’ type, the latter being larger and with a greater capacity to travel and collect plastics. In Mallorca they have a total of ten boats, five in Menorca, five in Eivissa and two in Formentera.

The cleaning boats not only collect floating waste, but can also help to remove large logs and dead animals, as well as providing support in the containment of spills or the cleaning of areas with no land access.

Presence of plastics

Plastic is the most frequently removed material, accounting for 44.03% of all waste collected. The other most common materials were wood (31.54%), other (9.66%), vegetation (7.82%), organic (6.14%) and oils (0.81%). By islands, 2,991 kilos were collected in Mallorca, 1,1258 in Menorca, 1,114 in Eivissa and 328 in Formentera.

In addition, four calls were attended to (3 from 112 and Maritime Rescue and 1 from private individuals) for the collection of dirt, trunks or the dispersion of fuels. And in Mallorca, the removal of an entire tree or sunken boats attracted attention.

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