A few days ago (June 5th), World Environment Day was celebrated.
Environmental topics are a bit of a two-sided coin here in Mallorca. A surprising amount of ignorance goes hand in hand with a lot of waste and squander. At the same time, and maybe equally unexpected, a lot of preservation and conscientious utilization of natural resources and land protection is going on. A large portion of credit had to be laid on the doors of the very effective GOB (Grup Balear d’Ornitologia i Defensa de la Naturalesa), a Mallorcan Green movement of some high standing. But, some credit also has to be given to the Consell de Mallorca. The island council is doing some good work here in Mallorca despite some often unfounded criticism.
Compostation for instance, the compost production process. The Consell de Mallorca maintains five industrial compostation plants on this island, in Felanitx, Ariany, Sa Pobla, Calvià and Marratxí. I went to the Felanitx plant a few months ago and I must say, I was impressed. Plant residue is being collected from a large area in the Southeast of the island, which is then shredded, mulched, sieved and composted. The result of this process of compostatge is some excellent organic compost which can be bought for use in private gardens or in garden centres, at a relatively modest price per cubic metre.
The largest of the five compostation plants is the Parc de Tecnologies Ambientals de Mallorca, in Marratxí. You can visit the installations there and have compost making and lots of other residue processing explained to you. Visits are free and can be arranged by prior appointment (telephone 971.435.455).
The photos were taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: February 6th, 2010. The time was 12:13:02, 12:11:38 and 12:12:14, respectively.
By the way, June 10th marks the third anniversary of this Mallorca Daily Photo Blog. Here’s to many happy returns, if I may say so myself.