The Malta Chamber of SMEs welcomes MCESD Chairperson David Xuereb to its offices
01 February 2024
Malta Chamber of SMEs President Mr Paul Abela and Deputy President Mr Philip Fenech welcomed...
Facts always speak louder than words. Packaging Compliance
Schemes have been waiting for amendments to the principal regulations (Legal
Notice 277 of 206) for over seven months now. The amendments were published for
public consultation early in June.Government, through the Ministry for Tourism Culture and the Environment (MTEC), set
procedures in motion so that these amendments actually become law and had to be
published on the Government Gazette on 17th July 2012.
Government Authorities and Ministries seem not to care at all
as long as a service is being rendered to the community, at no cost to
Government. The laissez-faire attitude by GovernmentAuthorities and departments
will not change unless they feel the brunt of forking funds.
As an Authorised Packaging Waste Compliance Scheme, we are
committed to provide a service to 270,000 residents and this does not come
cheap. As a Scheme we have found loopholes in the principal regulations that
drive us to the gutter. These loopholes have already been outlined to
Government late last year but our call for action continues to fall on deaf
The Scheme has dedicated members, who fork out funds
financially on a quarterly or yearly basis in order for us to be able to
provide services within the community. Whilst we do our utmost, Government,
through MEPA, and mostly MTCE, does its best to leave to ruin what has been
built over the last three to four years.
It is ridiculous to note that since January 2012, no
penalties for infringement to Legal Notice 277 of 2006 have been issued. We are
told that the enforcement of this legislation, which was being done well by the
Policy and Compliance Unit, has been forwarded to the Enforcement Directorate.
Since that happened what was built last year went into limbo. Schemes are not
able to take on new members because there is no enforcement at all. Or is this
just because an election is near?
If that is the case, it is well that MEPA takes due note that
packaging waste has no colours, and the environment and its problems cannot
wait until an election is held and maybe then we set the ball rolling.
To add insult to injury MEPA allows producers of packaging
waste who sell directly to consumers to self-comply with the legislation and
Green MT has to collect their packaging from households against no kind of fee,
because the producer who generates this packaging waste does not pay a cent to
But the buck stops here! If these amendments are not issued
by end July 2012 it will be Government that will foot the bill for the
collection of grey bag and collection from Bring in Sites and their upkeep. The
choice is an easy one and Local Councils will not bear the brunt. After all
Government had always promised them that it will have to take on this
responsibility if a Scheme or Schemes falter.
Now, it is testing time, facts not words!
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