The Environment Department collected a total of 10,477 kilos of rubbish
from the waters around the island in the summer months,
almost double last year's figure.
However, the amount is similar to that collected in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Of the total amassed
- 4,625 kilos were of wood,
- 1,796 kilos of plastic and
- 1,765 kilos of oil,
with algae and other organic material making up the remainder.
In Formentera the percentages were very similar.
Of the 1,831 kilos of rubbish collected,
there were 654 kilos of wood,
and 455 kilos of plastic.
There are currently twelve boats dedicated to cleaning the coasts
across the four islands to ensure the beaches remain among the cleanest in Europe,
with the Govern claiming most of what is being collected has been swept here
from much farther afield.
In total the boats will collect around 85,000 kilos from the near 600 kilometres
of Balearic coast which they are covering.
The process has also included the collection of dead animals floating in the sea
with two tortoises, a dolphin, and even a horse found in Menorca.