Maltese households increase their waste generation by 7.3%

Only 9% is recycled

Over 340,000 tonnes of municipal or household waste was generated during 2019. Data published by the National Statistics Office (NSO) shows that Malta generated 7.3% more municipal waste when compared to 2018.

The NSO study ‘Municipal Waste: 2019 Municipal waste generation’ shows that by the end of 2019, municipal waste generation reached 349,576 tonnes; 23,825 tonnes more or 7.3 per cent over 2018.

The major contributors to this increase originated from kitchen and canteen bio-waste amounting to 20,165 tonnes, followed by mixed packaging at 9,402 tonnes and bulky waste at 9,175 tonnes.

The introduction of organic waste collection left a positive mark in its full year since its launch in October 2018. The study shows that mixed municipal waste went down by 21,372 tonnes, while organic waste collection increased by 3.7 times or 19,975 tonnes over the amount collected in 2018. This also reflected, as direct consequence, in the amount of black bag waste which dropped by 25,466 tonnes.

However, while we continued to increase municipal waste, recycling remained stuck at less than 9% of the waste generated.  The remaining 90% goes into landfills.