The Malta Waste Re­duc­tion Awards— ac­knowl­edg­ing good waste prac­tices

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The ninth edi­tion of the Malta Waste Re­duc­tion awards were or­gan­ised by Waste­serv and held at the Dol­men Ho­tel, Qawra. Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, sev­eral lo­cal en­ti­ties were awarded for en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tion taken and this year a to­tal of 100 lo­cal can­di­dates took part. This an­nual cel­e­bra­tion is a Eu­rope-wide ini­tia­tive and forms part of the Euro­pean Week for Waste Re­duc­tion.

The awards recog­nised the ef­forts made by var­i­ous par­tic­i­pants and dis­played the en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tions which were put for­ward. Par­tic­i­pants in­cluded lo­cal coun­cils, busi­nesses, schools, NGOs and in­di­vid­ual cit­i­zens.

“There needs to be a col­lec­tive com­mit­ment to take waste man­age­ment to the next level. It is use­less to in­vest in projects, tech­nolo­gies and new fa­cil­i­ties which are ben­e­fi­cial to our coun­try if the public does not do its part,” stated Dr José Her­rera, Min­is­ter for the En­vi­ron­ment, Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment and Cli­mate Change. He thanked Waste­serv, not only for their work to strengthen their in­fra­struc­ture but also for their on­go­ing sup­port in this an­nual event re­lated to the Euro­pean Week for Waste Re­duc­tion.

The lo­cal ini­tia­tives for the Euro­pean Week for Waste Re­duc­tion were grouped un­der seven dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories and were awarded as fol­lows: • Public Ad­min­is­tra­tion Cat­e­gory: Għajn

sielem Lo­cal Coun­cil • As­so­ci­a­tions Cat­e­gory: Agara Founda

tion • Ed­u­ca­tional Es­tab­lish­ments Cat­e­gory: St

Ni­cholas Col­lege, Ra­bat Pri­mary • Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion Cat­e­gory: Ojo

Hair and Beauty Lounge • In­di­vid­ual Cit­i­zens Cat­e­gory: Abi­gail

Az­zopardi • Clean-up Aware­ness Cat­e­gory: #Żi­bel, Kun­sill Stu­denti Univer­si­tarji and De La Rue Cur­rency & Se­cu­rity Print Ltd • Best Prac­tice in Most In­no­va­tive Re­use

Ini­tia­tive Cat­e­gory: Gżira Lo­cal Coun­cil

Lo­cal­i­ties tak­ing part in the Or­ganic Waste Project were also awarded dur­ing the evening. The win­ners in this cat­e­gory were se­lected based on res­i­dents’ par­tic­i­pa­tion, the amount of or­ganic waste col­lected per capita, re­duc­tion in the amount of black bag waste and the in­crease in the quan­tity of re­cy­clable waste. Prizes of €5,000, €3,000 and €2,000 were this year awarded to Bormla, Mġarr and Marsaxlokk from among the Mal­tese lo­cal­i­ties and Għa­jn­sielem, Fon­tana and Xewk­ija re­spec­tively from among the Goz­i­tan lo­cal­i­ties.

This year, 44 co­or­di­na­tors from 32 dif­fer­ent coun­tries around Eu­rope par- tic­i­pated in the Euro­pean Week for Waste Re­duc­tion. A to­tal of 13,410 en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tions were im­ple­mented by a wide range of ac­tion de­vel­op­ers across Eu­rope.

A wide range of au­di­ences across Eu­rope im­ple­mented a to­tal of 13,410 en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tions – 160 of which were im­ple­mented by Malta alone. Every year the Euro­pean Week for Waste Re­duc­tion has a spe­cial fo­cus and last year’s ini­tia­tive was to re­use and re­pair goods. The aim be­hind this in­ter­na­tional ini­tia­tive is to ad­dress “the need to shift from a throw-away at­ti­tude to­wards more ap­pre­ci­a­tion for prod­ucts and the re­sources used”.

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