Green MT Limited, GRTU ‘s owned subsidiary has reached an agreement with eleven Local Councils in Gozo, thus nearly the whole region of Gozo. The Local Councils forming part of this agreement include Rabat, Fontana, Kercem, Ghajnsielem, Ghasri, Gharb, San Lawrenz, Nadur, Qala, Zebbug and Munxar.
Addressing those present included Hon Minister Giovanna Debono and Parliamentary Secretary Dr Said. Region President and Rabat Mayor Dr Samuel Azzopardi welcomed those present and expressed his satisfaction that Local Councils were gathered together to sign one agreement for the recovery of Separated Waste. Dr Azzopardi took the opportunity to thank all Mayors and Executive Secretaries for their contribution to reach this agreement.
Vince Farrugia, GRTU Director General and Green MT ‘s Chairman outlined GRTUs role in setting up the legislative framework together with Government to operate Waste Compliance Schemes on a fair level playing field. He outlined the response of the business community towards corporate social responsibility, including the recovery of waste packaging from the market. Green Mt is now indebted to all Local Councils present for this agreement and outlined the fact that Green MT will give back to the community through its not for profit based operation.
Mayors and Executive Secretaries present were also addressed by Dr Stafan Buontempo, Opposition Speaker for Local Councils who continued to state that there has been an increased input into Waste management recovery which has over the last years given results.
Dr Chris Said outlined with examples the increase in waste packaging recovery in localities currently under agreement with Green MT and continued to state that the target for these eleven Local Councils in Gozo is a 26 ton per week recovery. This will include an educational campaign to all sectors. Current recovery stands at 8.5 tons. Dr Said augured Green MT and each individual Local Council all the success in this green venture. He further outlined that over the last two years Government was proactive in providing Schemes for Local Councils in the Environmental and Energy sectors.
Minister for Gozo Giovanna Debono outlined that during her first years in Government she had a dream, that of closing down Qortin. This dream came true last week when a permit was granted to Waste serv to build a family park. The Minister spoke about waste recovery being a part of Vision 2015 and Eco Gozo. Without fail Local Councils played a very important role in keeping cleaner localities and augured to the success of this operation. However Local Councils operate through individuals and she thanked all those Mayors, Executive Secretaries, and Local Councillors who give so much of their time towards their individual localities.
The agreement which is for two years was signed by Green Mt Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Vince Farrugia and Joe Attard respectively, with each individual Mayor and Executive Secretary of each of these eleven Local Councils.