Recycling increases 1.7% in Madeira 1The Diario reports that the Regional Directorate of Statistics of Madeira today published the Regional Statistics of the Environment, which reveal information on water supply, wastewater treatment, solid waste, regional administration and regional entities management and protection of the environment by economic aggregates and areas for the year 2017. Meteorological data and information on forest fires, fire and air quality are also available.
Of note is an increase in recycling in Madeira compared to the previous year (2016). Other notable stats are below.

Water: The data collected by the Regional Directorate of Statistics of Madeira (DREM) for the year 2017 indicate that water distributed through the public network was around 26.6 million cubic meters, + 1.6% than in 2016. 54.9% of the water distributed was destined to the domestic sector, a percentage lower than that of 2016 (57.1%).

Waste: The main component of global production concerns the waste that is treated at the Solid Waste Treatment Station of the Serra, which increased by 1.7% compared to 2016. In turn, the waste destined for recycling / recovery of the RAM amounted to 25.9 thousand tons, an increase of 6.6% over the year 2016.

Weather data: In 2017, the amount of precipitation was lower than in the previous year, both in Funchal (377 mm in 2017 versus 647 mm in 2016) or in Porto Santo (367 mm in 2017 versus 498 mm in 2016). Regarding temperatures, in Funchal, the average maximum temperature in 2017 was 23.4ºC (23.0ºC in 2016), while in the case of minimum temperatures, the average was 17.8ºC (17.4ºC in 2016) .

Firemen: By 2017, the 10 existing fire brigades in the Region had 686 personnel (3 more than in 2016), which provided about 43.3 thousand services (+ 12.4% than in 2016), with a large majority (73, 2%) related to the health/prehospital area.
In the year under review, the expenses of the firemen’s corporations were around 10 million euros, + 3.3% compared to 2016, of which 77.5% is related to personnel expenses (79.7% in 2016).

Fires: For the year in question, data on air quality show that 88.6% of the observations for the Funchal agglomeration had a “Very Good” or “Good” result. Only 5.7% of the observations presented a negative qualitative evaluation.
Also to be noted in 2017 was the occurrence of 94 forest fires, which consumed an area of ​​1,570 hectares (of which 658 hectares of forest stands). By 2016, the number of fires had been lower (54), but the extent of burning was higher (6,270 ha).