On Saturday morning (10 September), Greenpeace will be staging a rubbish-collection exercise on Es Carbó beach in Colonia Sant Jordi as a means of raising awareness of the amount of plastic in the sea. In the afternoon, the location shifts to the beach of El Molinar in Palma where there will be an information point to reinforce the message.

This is all part of a campaign "Better Without Plastics" through which Greenpeace wants to make the issue of plastic pollution in seas and oceans more visible and to demand solutions to the serious problem it poses.

The organisation says that each year some eight million tons of plastic end up in oceans. This is material that can take anything from six months to 500 years to degrade.

In the Balearics last year 780,000 tons of municipal waste were generated. In Majorca under 15% of it was collected separately (and so for potential recycling). The figure in Ibiza was similar, but was higher - 25% - in Minorca and Formentera.

Saturday's exercise is the final cleaning of twenty that have been staged since 27 August. Other exercises have involved rivers and reservoirs as well as beaches across Spain. More than 400 people have taken part and over 11,000 litres of waste have been collected.

The beach clean-up is between 10.00 and 12.00 and the information point in El Molinar will be there from 18.00 to 20.00.