Fabian Demicoli

Green MT recovers 936 tons of packaging waste from Local Councils in July 2010

 "NINE HUNDRED AND THIRTY SIX TONS OF RECYCLABLE PACKAGING WASTE was recovered by Green MT, Malta's leading waste packaging Compliance Scheme in July 2010", stated Green MT Chairman, Vince Farrugia. 607 tons were recovered through the ‘grey bag' kerbside collection, whilst 256 tons were taken by residents to easily accessible Bring In Sites in 41 Localities run and managed by Green MT. A further 73 tons were recovered through a commercial collection from seven Local Councils, namely Birkirkara, San Gwann, Rabat, Qormi, Valletta, Poala and Mosta.

A number of initiaitives have been launched since the  birth of Green MT in each Local Council. Amongst these, visits by Eco Councillors to individual households to discuss and train residents in the separation of waste fractions has added greatly to this success. The provision of free recycling bags to a few of these Localities has proved to be also a success. Green MT will shortly be distributing free issue bags to another substantial number of Local Councils both in Malta and Gozo.

Green MT Eco Councillors have this week been visiting all households in Mgarr Malta. Just over 1000 households will be reached by these councillors, where they will provide further education to these residents. Mgarr Local Council will as from Friday October 01, conduct two collections of separated waste weekly, Tuesday and Friday. Each Household has also received fifty bags from the Scheme, Green MT. On both these days no mixed waste will be collected. A number of Bring in Sites have also been added in Mgarr.

Green mt has deployed its Eco Councillors in 26 Localities from October 2009 to date. The Local Councils visited cover a population of just under 250,000. Eco Councillors also provide a leaflet to these households outlining what can be placed  in the ‘grey bag' and those products that are not to be deposited in this ‘grey bag'.

Green mt has recovered and recycled 6190 tons of recyclable waste from Jan 01, 2010 to end June 2010, the first six months of 2010.

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