Metro, bus and Rodalies ticket prices to rise faster than inflation with the T-10 rising to €8.25 (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). The three tickets most used will increase in price by 3.54 percent in 2011 when the IPC of November stood at just 2.3 percent. The cards most used in the metropolitan area of Barcelona are the T-10 (49.6 percent), the T-50/30 (11.6 percent) and the T-Mes (6.67 percent) with the T-10 accounting for around 920 million trips per yea. According to the Autoridad de Transporte Metropolitano (ATM) the rise in energy prices and the cost of operating significantly lengthened subway lines, plus the extension of free or discounted cards for children and families warrant this hike in price. In the tariff revision, two notable developments have been included relating social discounts; from January, single parents will qualify for discounts of up to 50 percent for the T-Mes, T-Quarter and T-jove. Furthermore a newly created ticket, (T-FM/FN) for parents of large families and single parents will exist, allowing 70 journeys in 90 days that can be used by any member of the family. ATM have reported that since the implementation of the free card for children, 56,883 had been issued, 8,000 more than a year a ago. With regards to the Rodalies train lines, the single fare will increase by 3.57 percent to €1.45 for one zone, or the Bonotren will rise to €7,.85 and an unlimited monthly ticket will increase to €43.20.
The Barça football shirt will now carry the logo of the Qatar Foundation with the Unicef logo being moved to the back (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The distribution of logos has been changed due to a new agreement with the billionaire sport investment group Qatar. This new shirt will only be used in the Liga and the Copa del Rey as during the European Championships the Unicef logo will not appear. This is due to UEFA's ruling which states that only one sponsorship is allowed on one single shirt. The football organisation does accept that the club could combine Nike, the Qatar Foundation and Unicef in one unique logo on the front but the club decided this wasn't a feasible option. Unicef have accepted this move with approval coming from its various delegations in Barcelona, Geneva and New York. Their biggest concern was that their logo be kept visible. The Barcelona football club agreed the move with Qatar Sport Investment on Monday. It is thought that the Catalan club will now receive €165 million for the next five seasons.
Traders and neighbourhood associations are asking for more education on how to recycle organic waste (read article in Castilian here, El Periódico). Several residents and business associations have complained that the new organic waste bins that were installed a year ago do not work correctly. A member of the FAVB, the management committee in charge of the bins, Jordi Giró, said that they found it "troubling" the number of inappropriate materials they were finding in the brown containers and called for more education. The Vila de Gràcia is one of the districts with the most inappropriate items in the brown containers. Concha Tomàs, from the neighbourhood association said, "there are people who throw away their rubbish in the first bin they come across" and criticised the fact that the containers quickly become "overwhelmed" resulting in rubbish lying around. In Clot, the president of the Asociación de Comerciantes, Josep Santamaría also criticised the collection of the containers saying it was too "infrequent" and doesn't take into consideration different times of years when more waste is produced, such as Christmas. In response to the complaints, president of Comerç, Joan Mateu said that the new collection system of the new containers is quieter and faster.