THE Palma city council has launched a Solidarity Bus, to raise awareness to the need for sustainable development by recycling articles, which will be given to the disadvantaged.
Mayor Catallina Cirer, and Balearic sports minister Rosa Puig, launched the bus yesterday.
They said that the bus will tour the city, picking up items which can be used by people in need, in the Balearics and in developing countries.
The project is financed by the city council, the Balearic government and the Foundation for Sustainable Development of the Balearics.
Cirer said that the Solidarity Bus forms part of the Local Agenda 21, and it will provide work for 19 persons. It will give them work experience and job training in recycling and cooperation, which will help them enter the labour market, she said.
Items which can be donated to the bus include non-perishable foodstuffs, clothing, footwear, sun glasses, books, school materials, toys and small domestic appliances, providing they are in good condition.
Between now and March next year, the bus will cover a route with 45 stops in Palma, to provide information and make people aware of the importance of sustainable development and recycling objects. These objects can also be left in solidarity bags will be distributed in public centres.
Cirer said that she was confident that the initiative will be a success.
Pau Collado, director of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, stressed the innovative character of the Bus, and said that he was in favour of promoting more policies such as this.
Rosa Puig underlined the scheme's importance in job training and finding work.