BALEARIC Government maintenance teams will, from November, start a clean up operation on the beaches of the islands.
They will collect the rubbish and other items which gradually pollute the Balearic coast during the Winter, because at the moment there is no firm commitment by the councils to collect rubbish dropped by tourists in the low season. This is one of the objectives which the Balearic Minister for the Environment, Jaume Font, discussed with the leader of the Balearic Government, Jaume Matas, at a meeting to discuss the Ministry's objectives for the next few months. According to Font, the cleaning teams will work between the months of November and April and will cover 4.5 kilometres of coastline every day collecting rubbish, but this will not include the removal of algae or marine rubbish. “When the tourist season finishes very few councils clean the beaches and, although it is not strictly the Government's job, the Ministry thought it necessary to address this situation”, said Font. He added that the project will be coordinated jointly by the Balearic Ministers of Tourism and the Environment.

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