Fabian Demicoli

Green MT renews agreement with Had-Dingli Local Council

 The Local
Council of Had-Dingli has once again preferred
Green Mt as its  partner for the
collection of recyclables and packaging waste from the locality. The agreement
has been reached after discussions held between the parties during which it was
acknowledged that over the past five years, the locality has increased its
recyclables collection and has also increased its residents` awareness towards
further recycling.

The new agreement was signed earlier
this week by Green Mt's Chairman Mr Paul Abela and CEO Mr Joe Attard whilst Ms
Venera Micallef, Mayor of Had-Dingli Local Council and Deputy Executive Secretary Mark
Mallia signed on behalf of the Local Council.

The agreement includes for a twice a
week collection of the grey recyclable bag from the Local Council and includes
also the emptying of the existing bring in Sites in Had-Dingli with an option
to increase these sites if smaller bring-in-Sites on wheels are put in place.
Experience has shown over the years that the large dome shaped bring in Sites
were not very manageable and also attracted more abuse then the smaller 1100 litre bring in Sites on wheels. In
addition the new agreement sees the introduction of a co-mingled collection
from the said bring-In-Sites, thus paper, carton, plastic and metal will now be
collected together in these bring in Sites making recycling simpler to the
community and increasing economies of scale.

The agreement includes an ongoing
education campaign within the Locality which would reach across various sectors
of the community from the younger to the elder generations. The agreement
allows also for any modifications that would need to take place due to the
future implementation by Government of the Waste Management Strategy Plan
2014-2020 currently in its early stages.

Speaking at the signing event, Mr
Paul Abela Chairman of Green Mt thanked the Local Council of Had Dingli for
showing continued support to Green Mt and 
pointed out that the Scheme has worked very hard over the years, despite
an unfair level playing field, to make sure that morally our generations to
come will always remember the good work. Mr Paul Abela continued to state that
the environment should always be at
heart to everyone as it is there for each and everyone of us to take care off
as we all use it every day wherever we are, be it at work or where we spend our
free time.

Ms Venera Micallef, Mayor of
Had-Dingli noted that recyclable collection has increased over the last two
years and the Scheme and the Local Council have now agreed on a new benchmark to be reached by the end of 2015.
She also stated that Had-Dingli is one of those Local Councils who is not
effected by demographic changes and as such could be handled in a more
constructive manner to make sure that even more community residents come on
board to recycle not only to reach legal obligations but to also meet moral obligations.

Had-Dingli Local Council currently
collects 2.6 tons of recyclables weekly with a new target now set at 3.6 tons
weekly. In 2013 The Local Council of Had-Dingli reached a per capita collection
of 35.58kg annually. It is also to be noted that in the year 2013 residents
have also sent to landfill 893 tons of mixed waste which is under the
allocation set by Wasteserv Malta Limited, an allocation of 958tons. Such a
feat is only achieved by a few Local Councils only.

Green Mt is
an Authorised Packaging Waste Compliance Scheme, a fully owned subsidiary of
the Malta Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises, GRTU, permitted by the
Competent Authority MEPA, and set up with the aim of meeting environmental
obligations on behalf of its producer members 
within the Business Community. 

Green Mt can
be contacted during office hours on 21496965/66.

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