A total of 35 quarries across the country are licensed to accept construction waste, figures supplied in Parliament show.
In reply to a parliamentary question by PN MP Kevin Cutajar, Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia confirmed that 32 quarries are licensed to receive construction waste to help rehabilitate the site. A further three quarries are licensed to receive construction waste for recycling only.
Nearly half of these quarries are found in Siġġiewi (9) and Mqabba (7). Kirkop and Żurrieq each have three quarries licensed to receive construction waste while Dingli and Naxxar have two. Three of these quarries are found in Gozo, in Kerċem, Qala and San Lawrenz. The remaining quarries are in Iklin, Mellieħa, Mosta and Qrendi.
The disposal of construction waste had made the news last week after it was revealed that Transport Malta had stopped roadworks across the country as it could not find a place in which to dispose the waste generated. Farrugia had confirmed that lack of space was not the issue, indirectly confirming that the issue was one of pricing, which had been going up.
Farrugia suggested that dumping construction waste at sea could be an option, but the impasse was ultimately resolved following negotiations, with a price cap of €12 per tonne agreed upon.