Watch: Environment Minister announces Malta’s 10-year waste-management plan

    Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

    Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning Aaron Farrugia announced a waste management plan for the next ten years.

    Malta’s long-term waste management plan will be up for public consultation to support the government’s vision to transform our country into an EU top performer in the waste management sector, said Minister Farrugia during a press conference on Saturday.

    Farrugia explained that the main objective for the waste management plan 2021-2030 is to maximise the resource value for waste through holistic waste management solutions and adopting a collaborative approach whilst fostering behavioural change. This would also lead to Malta achieving its ambitious 2030 targets.

    The proposed plan is based on the following ten key courses of action, with measures, amongst others including:

    • Moving towards a circular economy: Fiscal incentives to promote repair and reuse activities; the building of a repair and reuse centre; incentive use of recycled material
    • Waste prevention: Online swap shops; digital app to publicise best practices and real-time information
    • Waste separation: Mandatory separation for everyone including commercial outlets; introduction of a new bag for separate collection of paper
    • Waste collection: A move towards a regional approach which will lead to economies of scale; modernisation of fleet; introduction of a national schedule to harmonise the collection
    • Waste treatment infrastructure: ECOHIVE – state of the art plants to drastically decrease reliance on landfills
    • Extended producer responsibility: Exploring new EPR systems for disposing oils, tyres and textiles amongst others
    • Commercial waste: Provision of additional free collections of organic waste; introduction of an eco-label for commercial outlets
    • Educational campaigns, monitoring and compliance: Recruitment of green champions; increase enforcement to lessen abuses; publicly disclose non-compliant offenders by Government authorities
    • Data management, research and development: Introducing advanced digital systems and artificial intelligence applications in solid waste management
    • Stakeholder engagement: Working hand in hand with residents, local councils and regional government, the commercial sector, the industry and relevant government authorities

    Minister Aaron Farrugia said that this plan will work hand-in-hand with recent reforms in the waste management sector, including the largest ever investment in state-of-the-art facilities in ECOHIVE, to drive the country towards a circular economy with all waste streams being reutilised to their full potential, and move Malta away from over-reliance on landfilling, once and for all.

    The document will be available for public consultation on 14th December 2020, on the Ministry website.