Fabian Demicoli

Junk Mail consultation to be launched

 A public
consultation to address the issue of junk mail is in the pipeline, Environment
Minister Leo Brincat has announced.

The
issue of an excessive amount of unwanted mail could not be tackled overnight as
it impacted on various stakeholders.

(The
previous government had proposed a 1 cent tax on every 80g of paper delivered
for free on a door-to-door basis. However this was only to apply if more than
half of the publication's contents consisted of adverts. Magazines handed out
for free in newspapers were also be subject to this tax.)

Mr
Brincat made this announcement during the launch of a lottery aimed to raise
awareness on hazardous waste by encouraging people to take spent light bulbs to
civic amenity sites. According to a recent study carried out by WasteServ only
17 per cent of Maltese are aware that that bulbs are considered as hazardous
rubbish. 43 per cent dispose of them in black garbage bags used for mixed
domestic waste.

Through
this initiative people disposing of light bulbs at civic amenity sites will be
given lottery tickets.

A
similar initiative has already been launched for plastic bottles, resulting in
the collection of some a million bottles.

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