A flotilla of boats cleans up San Antonio Bay as part of World Clean Up Day

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A flotilla of boats cleans up San Antonio Bay as part of World Clean Up Day

A flotilla of boats cleans up San Antonio Bay as part of World Clean Up Day

The coordinated clean-up was organised by Plastic Free Ibiza and the sailboat Saga, with the collaboration of Es Nàutic and the participation of groups of SUPs and kayaks

Ibiza, September 19, 2020 – On World Clean Up Day, a flotilla of boats carried out a coordinated clean-up of San Antonio Bay. The action was organised and promoted by Plastic Free Ibiza and the sailboat Saga Ibiza, with the collaboration of Es Nàutic, the sailing club of San Antonio. The iBi Foundation catamaran and the canoeist Toni Prats also took part in the event.

A group of workers from the multi-service company Kronan Business Ibiza also joined the action, with 10 people in kayaks and paddles and another 10 on the coast, cleaning the area between Port des Torrent and Cala Bassa.

The boats started work at around 10am on Saturday morning, in small groups to respect the health regulations.

“Our action this year has focused on a marine cleaning on board Saga, with the intention above all to raise awareness about the consumption of single-use plastics, which as we see also end up in the sea, with all the pollution that this entails,” said Ana Villanueva, coordinator of Plastic Free Ibiza, who was on board the sailboat Saga during the action.

The town council of San Antonio gave its support to the fleet and committed to removing all the waste collected at the end of the day, through the company FCC. The action was also supported by Domus Nova Ibiza and Chiringuito Blue.

In addition to the action in the bay, a shore clean was carried out in the area between Port des Torrent and Cala de Bou, where a large amount of waste of all kinds was collected, especially cigarette butts, cans, microplastics and polystyrene.

World Clean Up Day began in Estonia in 2008, with the participation of some 50,000 people doing a coordinated clean-up of the country. The movement grew rapidly and currently has the participation of more than 20 million volunteers in over 180 countries.

“Our goal is not only to collect waste. Through this annual event and the work of our movement, we hope to raise awareness and encourage the circular economy by giving value to waste, in order to end the global waste epidemic,” said Barbara Di Giacinto, coordinating member of Let’s Do It Spain and the World Clean Up Day event in Spain.

Since 2018, Plastic Free Ibiza and Formentera has come together with Let’s Do It Spain to put out a specific call to action in Ibiza and Formentera. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, except for the flotilla, this year larger organised events such as beach clean-ups were discarded in favor of “micro-cleans”, encouraging the population to join the initiative individually in their own areas, whilst complying with the necessary health regulations.

Plastic Free Ibiza and Formentera is a movement consolidated in 2018 and promoted by IbizaPreservation. It is made up of some 15 main members, local non-profit organisations, whose aim is to preserve the environment of Ibiza and Formentera. Together, the members raise awareness and promote sustainable practices to make the islands free of single-use plastic by 2023.

Photo by Jon Izeta.