98,000 tonnes of garbage illegally disposed garbage in four years

A garbage picker collects recyclable materials at a rubbish dump in Tripoli, Libya October 12, 2019. Picture taken October 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

98,000 tonnes of garbage were illegally disposed of in the past four years. Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Rights, Public Cleansing and Support for the Capital City Deo Debattista said this during the National Conference on Cleanliness.

He also announced that the Cleanliness Department has received over 2,500 complaints in the same period, of which 996% were solved.

During his intervention, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat stressed for the need of more centralised efforts on cleanliness.

He also talked about giving further responsibilities to local councils by keeping certain cleanliness aspects decentralised.

Minister Owen Bonnici said that the final aim is an excellent service based on a 24×7 system, as the demand for cleanliness services is on the rise, especially in popular and prominent localities.

Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis said that local councils hold an essential role when it comes to the cleanliness of the environment. He added that a fund of around 21 million euros were allocated in the Budget 2020. These funds will allow them to fund waste collection and clean streets.

Over 6.5 million euros were allocated to local councils between 2015 and October 2019.