New seabins are currently being installed in different ports around Malta. This was announced during a press conference in Birgu, where the first sea bin has already been installed.
So far, a total of nine new seabins have been approved and funded. These will be located in Pietà, St Julian’s, Birgu, Imsida, Marsaxlokk, Marsaskala, Ta’ Xbiex, Kalkara, and Gżira. Additionally, nine other seabins will be placed in other areas.
Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis said that new seabins will provide a holistic solution for the reduction of waste in our sea and for reducing the damage that this waste is doing to the marine ecosystem.
Parliamentary Secretary for Public Cleansing Deo Debattista added that the Cleansing and Maintenance Division will enter into an agreement with the eNGO Żibel, to maintain these bins. He mentioned that two workers will be exclusively assigned to this project. “As a division we will be collecting detailed statistics on the amount and the kind of waste collected, this will help us better understand the cleanliness-levels at sea.” He urged the Maltese and Gozitan people to observe the law since illegally dumped waste will ultimately end up at sea.
These seabins are being funded by private entities including Norwex, which will be funding a total of 10 seabins. Strand Marine, and Auto Systems Ltd is taking care of all the logistical work while the eNGO Żibel is in charge of the educational aspect.