Fabian Demicoli

National campaign launched


GRTU Deputy
President Philip Fenech has this week participated a news conference in
Paceville, organised by Transport Malta during which an awareness campaign to
keep public places clean and tidy was launched.

During
the conference, Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis stated that tourism levels
this year were expected to exceed 1.6 million arrivals. August would be the
peak month with 220,000 tourists expected to visit the island. Since a large
arrival of tourists needs a better infrastructure and for this reason €1.5
million were being invested in the cleansing sector to be used for the purchase
of new equipment and more litter bins in tourist areas.

Mr Joe
Mizzi remarked that, last year, a number of zones which needed to be cleaned up
more often were identified. To cater for the demand, 70 employees were engaged
with the cleansing section and €300,000 were invested in new equipment. Another
€100,000 was spent on the installation of more than 500 waste bins. They will
be emptied twice daily and washed at least once a week.

Philip Fenech stated that this
initiative is a positive ongoing process that must be extended with continuous
education. It is also positive that children are being targeted specifically as
this is the target group which one should invest in. It is beneficial that this
campaign was initiated within tourists centres that will be visited by a high
number of tourists during peak season. However it is important that this
campaign is maintained but not only during peak seasons but all year around.

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