Tonnes of rubbish on Balearic coasts

A TONNE of rubbish has been collected every day in August along the coastlines of the Balearic Islands.

This is 40 per cent more than the same month in 2014, according to the Head of Environmental Education, Quality and Refuse, Sebastia Sanso.

Thermal winds have caused more plastic to be blown to the shores, as well as wood and organic waste, he explained, during an event held by Escola Viva, which works with disadvantaged children, when a 34-kilo sea turtle was released in Pollensa Port. It was found in Portopetro in June caught in plastic. It has been cared for at Palma Aquarium, which works with the Environmental Council, and one of its flippers had to be amputated.

The event aimed to teach children the importance of looking after the coastline.

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