A clear step forward

From today, Malta ups waste management with see-through black rubbish bags.

Malta is stepping up its game in waste management with a new initiative: see-through black bags for waste disposal, launching today, 1st July, 2024. The Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) is leading this innovative move, aligning with Schedule 3 of S.L.549.40 to improve door-to-door regional waste collection.


The impact of the measures introduced in 2023 has been encouraging. With a new waste collection schedule coordinated by Regional Councils and ERA’s Mandatory Waste Separation, we’ve witnessed a dramatic 23% drop in mixed waste and a stunning 35% surge in separately collected organic waste.

The transparent advantage


Black bags are meant for items that don’t fit into the organic, recyclable, reusable, hazardous, or medicinal categories. The introduction of transparent black bags makes it easier to ensure proper waste disposal and encouraging proper waste separation practices. If you’ve noticed a change in the black bags at your local grocer or supermarket, that’s market suppliers joining forces with ERA to support this new approach.


And don’t worry, non-see-through black bags will still be available for all your other needs beyond mixed waste disposal.

Smooth transition ahead


ERA is committed to making this transition as smooth as possible, offering a grace period focused on public education and awareness. Your dedication to proper waste separation and disposal is key to this initiative’s success, playing a vital role in preserving our beautiful environment, cutting down on pollution, and boosting recycling efforts.

Your waste routine, unchanged


The current waste collection schedule remains unchanged. Stick to the familiar: green or grey bags for mixed recyclables every Thursday, white bags for organic waste every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and glass waste collections on the first and third Friday of each month. Local councils continue to offer a free bulky waste collection service, making it easier than ever to dispose of large items responsibly.


We also urge you to breathe new life into items by donating to Wasteserv’s Reuse Centres. These hubs for ‘pre-loved’ treasures help promote sustainability by giving used items a second chance.


For all the details on the waste schedule, disposal methods, and separation guidelines, visit https://www.wastecollection.mt/.

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