Hun­dreds pitch in for Na­tional Clean-Up Day 2017

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - NEWS -

Hun­dreds of peo­ple lent a help­ing, civic hand dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Na­tional Clean-Up Day. The ini­tia­tive was launched by Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary Deo De­bat­tista and Maltese MEP Dr Miriam Dalli, to­gether with mem­bers of NGOs Let’s Do It Malta and JCI Malta.

In all, 53 lo­cal coun­cils par­tic­i­pated in the clean-up day.

De­bat­tista com­mented: “The govern­ment will go on sup­port­ing ini­tia­tives such as this, which en­cour­age res­i­dents and youths to make an ef­fort for a cleaner coun­try. The fact that 53 lo­cal coun­cils have will­ingly agreed to par­tic­i­pate this year shows that our mes­sage is strong and is be­ing heard. We also can­not for­get that tourism nowa­days af­fects all areas of our coun­try and is a huge con­trib­u­tor to waste gen­er­a­tion.”

Dalli in turn thanked JCI Malta for this ‘cit­i­zen’s ini­tia­tive’ which ad­dresses cleans­ing not as a taboo, but tack­led it in a fun man­ner. Dalli also noted the ef­fort made by the Cleans­ing Depart­ment, and hopes for a time in the near fu­ture when such ini­tia­tives to keep Malta clean will not be needed.

Cleans­ing Di­rec­tor Ra­mon Deguara also noted that em­ploy­ees work on 24-hour shift bases for dif­fer­ent cleans­ing op­er­a­tions to take place around Malta. Apart from be­ing part of ini­tia­tives such as the ‘Na­tional CleanUp Day’, the di­rec­torate has so far picked up a record amount of waste this year and will soon be adding to its re­sources.

JCI na­tional pres­i­dent Rachel Cas­sar said that the or­gan­i­sa­tion en­cour­ages cit­i­zens to take ac­tion and re­spon­si­bil­ity for the prob­lems around them.

For the event, a num­ber of com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Bets­son, Leo Ve­gas and M&Z Mar­ket­ing gath­ered their em­ploy­ees and formed teams to tackle dif­fer­ent sites all over the is­land.

The next Na­tional Clean-Up Day will take place on 15 Septem­ber 2018 as part of a global ini­tia­tive.

Pho­tos: Michael Camil­leri

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