An en­cour­ag­ing pub­lic re­sponse to or­ganic waste sep­a­ra­tion

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

With lit­tle more than a week to go un­til the col­lec­tion of source sep­a­rated or­ganic waste comes into ef­fect across all Malta on 31 Oc­to­ber, Waste­serv is en­cour­aged by the sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in pub­lic in­ter­est in the new ar­range­ments.

As a re­sult, Waste­serv is also tem­po­rar­ily in­creas­ing the hours dur­ing which its Customer Care freep­hone ser­vice 8007 2200 is avail­able. In fact, this ser­vice will now also be avail­able on Satur­days and Sun­days from 7.30am to 5.30pm. The pub­lic is also in­vited to send any ques­tions or com­ments via Waste­serv’s Face­book page.

Among the most fre­quent queries be­ing re­ceived are ques­tions re­gard­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion of bins, en­force­ment of the new ar­range­ments, how the sep­a­rated waste will be used and what ex­actly should be in­cluded with or­ganic waste in the white bags.

With re­gards to bins, dis­tri­bu­tion is con­tin­u­ing with more than 60% of house­holds in Malta and Gozo now in pos­ses­sion of a bin. Those who have not yet re­ceived theirs can find up­dates on their par­tic­u­lar lo­cal­ity on Waste­serv’s Face­book page. The pur­pose of these bins is to fa­cil­i­tate the sep­a­ra­tion of waste at home. The bins are not, how­ever, meant to be taken out on the kerb­side. In fact, only the white bags for or­ganic waste should be left out­side. Any house­hold which, for some rea­son, re­mains with­out a bin should there­fore still be­gin sep­a­rat­ing or­ganic waste in any white bag as from 31 Oc­to­ber.

At this stage, Waste­serv is com- mit­ted to fo­cus­ing on gen­er­at­ing more aware­ness among the pub­lic on how to sep­a­rate or­ganic waste prop­erly. This will be sup­ported by a mon­i­tor­ing ex­er­cise which will take place dur­ing the col­lec­tion it­self. Mem­bers of the pub­lic who leave the wrong bag on the kerb­side will in fact also have a sticker with in­for­ma­tion about the new ar­range­ments at­tached to the bag that will be left un­col­lected on the day.

The or­ganic waste col­lected will be sent to Sant’Ant­nin Waste Treat­ment Plant where, among other pro­cesses, has the po­ten­tial to be trans­formed into a ma­te­rial sim­i­lar to com­post, de­pend­ing on the vol­umes of sep­a­rated waste gen­er­ated by the pub­lic. Dur­ing the treat­ment of waste, en­ergy will also be pro­duced al­low­ing Waste­serv to in­crease its ex­ist­ing sup­ply to heat the ther­a­peu­tic swim­ming pool at the In­spire Foun­da­tion.

On the sub­ject of which items can be in­cluded in or­ganic waste col­lec­tions, Waste­serv would like to re­it­er­ate that this in­cludes all cooked and raw food in­clud­ing bones, fish and shell­fish, bread and pasta, rot­ten fruit and veg­eta­bles, fruit and veg­etable peel, tea bags and ground cof­fee, egg shells, nap­kins and soiled pa­pers, leaves and flow­ers.

More in­for­ma­tion can be found on www.waste­serv­

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