GreenPak’s ‘Nirri­cikla ghall-Ist­rina’ raises €21,000 from 18m plas­tic bot­tle caps

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

A record €21,000 was raised through GreenPak’s Nirri­cikla ghall-Ist­rina re­cy­cling ini­tia­tive that saw a whop­ping 18 mil­lion plas­tic bot­tle caps col­lected through­out 2018.

This wor­thy cam­paign in aid of the Malta Com­mu­nity Chest Fund’s an­nual Box­ing Day char­ity event saw the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 132 schools and 62 lo­cal coun­cils, as well as the con­tri­bu­tion of clubs, com­pa­nies and other en­ti­ties.

GreenPak co­op­er­a­tive CEO Mario Schem­bri said: “This is the eighth edi­tion of Nirri­cikla ghall-Ist­rina and we laud the con­tri­bu­tion of all those who recog­nised the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­por­tance of this cam­paign that comes with the added bonus of con­tribut­ing to those most in need.”

“This year a record 55,300 kilo­grams of plas­tic bot­tle caps were re­trieved, which would have oth­er­wise ended up in the land­fill caus­ing un­told dam­age to the en­vi­ron­ment − we are proud of ev­ery in­di­vid­ual and or­gan­i­sa­tion who con­trib­uted by do­ing some­thing wor­thy for our en­vi­ron­ment.”

Bil­lions of plas­tic bot­tles and con­tain­ers are sold each day and the bot­tle caps end up in the sea or washed up on beaches. Ac­cord­ing to the North Sea Foun­da­tion, a Dutch NGO, plas­tic caps are among the top five most deadly ocean waste items be­cause ma­rine mam­mals, birds and fish see the brightly coloured caps as food and choke on them.

Or­gan­ised un­der the pa­tron­age of the Pres­i­dent of Malta, the cam­paign sees GreenPak do­nate the money made from re­cy­cling all the bot­tle caps col­lected from schools, coun­cils, bars, clubs, restau­rants, ho­tels and other busi­nesses to the MCCF.

The school that col­lected the largest amount of caps per stu­dent is the Gozo Col­lege San Lawrenz Pri­mary School, which suc­ceeded in col­lect­ing an av­er­age of 59kg of plas­tic caps per stu­dent.

Nirri­cikla ghall-Ist­rina is one of sev­eral cam­paigns un­der­taken by GreenPak to pro­mote re­cy­cling and safe­guard the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

GreenPak rep­re­sen­ta­tive Denise Brin­cat (third from left) to­gether with this year’s win­ners, Gozo Col­lege San Lawrenz Pri­mary school head and stu­dents

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