Gozo Councils win Green MT Awards for Best Recyclables Recovery
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Green MT, the National Authorised Packaging Waste Complaince Scheme, has recently organised its yearly Green Council Awards. The event was held in St Julians, where guests were welcomed by Green Mt Directors.
The award for Local Councils recovering most recyclables from Grey bag and bring-in-sites per capita in Gozo was Ghasri, which was placed first in this category with a per capita collection of 64 kg. Second placed were Zebbug and third placed were Munxar.
The award for the Local Council recovering most recyclables from Grey bag recovery only per capita in Gozo went to the Local Council of Nadur.
The event included an address by Green MT CEO Joe Attard who thanked all the Local Councils who participated last year, in 2012, in the recovery of recyclable waste. Mr Attard duly outlined that some Local Councils needed to be commended both for the way they execute their day to day operations and in the way they cooperate with the Scheme to make sure that most residents are participating in this collection of recyclables. Whilst stating that we have still a long way in front of us he outlined that since the start of logistical operations, in July 2009, Green MT recovered over 53,000 tons of packaging waste from going to the landfill.
The event was followed by a keynote speech from the Minister for Sustainable Development, The Environment and Climate Change, Mr Leo Brincat, who outlined that it was Government’s strategy to make sure that waste management operations that could be handled by the private sector do not continue to be done by Wasteserv. Although this in itself requires a change in mentality he explained that he had already written to GRTU and other Constituted Bodies in this regard and Government was ready to consider any direct tangible effort by the private sector in relation to managing waste in Malta.
After the keynote speech, the Minister and Mr Paul Abela, GRTU President and Director at Green MT, presented the awards. The categories awarded were as follows:
The Local Council recovering most recyclables from Grey bag and bring-in-sites per capita in Malta was the Local Council of Mellieha placed first in this category with a per capita collection of 93 kg. Second placed was Ta` Xbiex and third place came Mgarr.
The Local Council recovering most recyclables from Grey bag recovery only per capita in Malta was the Local Council of Ta’ Xbiex placed first in this category.
The Local Council with the best enviromental initiative. This award went to none other then Marsascala Local Council. Marsascal Local Council have replaced 66 street benches at the promenade with funds emanating from the excess tonnage funds recuperated over three years by the Local Council.
The benches were installed between last year and this year and are manufactured from recyclable materials and were sourced from Greece. The Mayor Mr Mario Calleja received the award on behalf of the Local Council.
Following the presentations by the Minister and Mr Paul Abela those present were entertained to a reception at the same hotel.
Green MT can be contacted on 21496965/6 and currently effects its logistical operation from offices in Birkirkara.