Fabian Demicoli

Maghtab, Charges and all that

MRRA (not MRA as unavertedly quoted in the press) should have given more thought prior to the approval of the exaggerated fees imposed on skip loaders and waste carriers for dumping at Maghtab.

One understands the reason for the increase – people will be forced to move elsewhere, recycle or reuse and save the hefty charge. But for most loaders there is no alternative. They have to accept the charge and lump it on the consumers, only if customers are willing to pay. Most loaders and waste carriers are already finding it hard to collect payments due to them as hoteliers and others are too hard up to pay. This is so when the rates are today only 0.04% of the new charges that WasteServ is now implementing.

GRTU is seeking a positive solution that would at least relieve waste carriers from the additional hefty expense that they have to meet as registration taxes on the purchase of new trucks to meet the new obligations to weigh the materials they carry and meet new emission standards. It is not an easy issue but GRTU is hopeful that an agreement can be reached shortly with WasteServ and with MRRA that should hopefully enable small enterprises in the waste carrier business to survive.

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