2021: Record 19,000 tonnes of recyclable waste processed

Hard work pays off as WasteServ surpasses the projected recycling record with 19,000 tonnes of recyclable material processed for 2021. 

WasteServ has exceeded its initial projections of recyclable materials and will now close off 2021 with 19,000 tonnes of paper, plastic, metal and glass processed instead of the original forecast of 18,000 tonnes. These materials are now on their way to international markets to be turned into other products.  

In the last months, there have been substantial improvements in the operations of WasteServ and as a country we have now started reaping the rewards of diligent decision making and a driven workforce. There are more projects in the pipeline aimed at improving the country’s recycling capabilities and ensure that more materials can be recycled and returned to the economy.

Besides, the €500 million ECOHIVE project that will translate into four state-of-the-art waste treatment plants, a new Multi-Materials Recovery Facility (MMRF) in Ħal Far with a €20million investment is expected to open its doors next year.

A new Multi-Materials Recovery Facility in Ħal Far with a €20million investment is expected to open its doors next year.

WasteServ is also seeking to develop novel solutions. One such example is the new project being implemented on Għallis landfill where a retaining wall structure made out of waste is being constructed at a 70-degree slope, instead of the typical landfill slope of 30 degrees. This will maximise the landfill capacity through vertical expansion without increasing its footprint or taking up more land.

The hope is that as a country we can continue building on this success. However, it will be up to each and every one of us to ensure that these results continue improving. And all it takes is the willingness to do our part when separating our waste.

WasteServ has recently reported that it is still finding many items placed incorrectly in the recyclables bag. These range from glass to clothes to electronic items and even hazardous waste, such as syringes and other clinical waste.

WasteServ is still finding many items placed incorrectly in the recyclables bag.

These items do not only slow down the sorting process once at WasteServ facilities that ultimately result in operational inefficiencies but also put workers at risk of injury.

In order to make it easy for everyone to separate their waste, WasteServ has recently published an online Waste Separation Guide. This sorting guide serves as a little reminder of what should be placed in what bin and also summarises the services offered by WasteServ to dispose of our waste the correct way.

By properly sorting your waste, it will not only make the recycling process more efficient, but it will also increase the value of the materials processed – not to mention that you will be helping save the planet.

As things are starting to look positive for Malta’s waste management sector, we hope that this years’ success is the first of many others.

If we all make small changes, there will be a lasting positive effect on the environment, and more reasons to celebrate.

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