Fabian Demicoli

GRTU Replies to Maltastar article

 

 On reading the News "Attard residents to keep ‘smelly' domestic waste inside for 48 hours", published on the MaltaStar website on the 19th of June, Joe Attard, CEO GreenMT, wrote: "With respect to the locality of ATTARD, it is to be noted that there is no collection on Sunday, as such the residents are already keeping their organic waste inside from Saturday to Monday.

 

As well stated by the local council it transpires that when both collections are to be made by the same waste carrier, then collection of the organic waste was being done quite late in the day resulting in a number of difficulties. With respect to the commercial establishments, it is assumed that they will shortly be included in the collection system for recyclables, which is being planned accordingly. However commercial establishments are also not serviced on Sundays to date.

It is also to be noted by one and all that the current agreement between the government and GRTU and the local councils only allows the current waste carrier contracted in each locality for collection of organic waste to collect the separate waste. This will continue to be the case until new tenders are issued separately for recyclables collection and also organic waste.

In the near future local councils will have the ability to discuss a financial package with Authorized Waste Packaging Schemes. In turn the Local Council would then issue tenders for collection of recyclables. It is to be noted that the initiative of the ATTARD Local Council is highly commendable and we fully support this initiative. The collection of recyclables in the Maltese Islands has to continue to increase from month to month and waste carriers, local councils together with the support of government, will make sure that no stone is left unturned to make sure this is a successful diversion program from using landfills.

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