WasteServ help in three day clean up last month
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WasteServe took part last month in a three day clean up campaign at various sites across Malta and Gozo. They stated that while it is more than obvious that they could not solve Malta’s environmental problems in just three days, they truly believe they have managed to raise awareness with regards to keeping the local environment clean. The various activities also produced some very noticeable results.
Some of the main sites cleared up during this campaign were, a clean-up with heavy machinery in a stretch of coastline between Zonqor Point and Xghajra effected by workers from the Works Division of the ministry, sea-beds both in Malta and Gozo namely Wied iz-Zurrieq in Malta and Hondoq ir-Rummien in Gozo. In addition a thorough clean-up was effected at Birgu Bastions ditch and overlooking bastions, Floriana Bastions near AFM Maritime Squadron, Gnien il-Kottoner Cospicua, various sandy beaches in the north of the island like Golden Sands, Riviera, and the 3 bays in Armier, St Paul`s Bay promenade, Hal Far in the vicinity of the quarter mile track, and other frequented localities.
This coordination involved 40 Local Councils in Malta and Gozo, with the cooperation of 29 schools, and 26 companies who either provided manpower or boosted the campaign through financing some of the expenses involved or by the use of their equipment that included bulldozers, heavy trucks or light machinery like chainsaws. The ministry also worked closely with various corporations or large companies but also with numerous voluntary organisations that include Scouts, Girl Guides, Football Nurseries, including WasteServ Malta Ltd, MEPA etc.
In most cases the Local Council chose a site in their respective locality and effected a clean-up that not only served to effectively clear up the area but more importantly to educate the young persons taking part and emphasise on the importance of keeping our environment tidy for all to enjoy.
An unusual feature of this campaign was the exercise where 12 girl guides were entrusted with monitoring the main streets in Valletta and were handing out a flower with a note attached stating “We need your help too, please do not litter” to whoever they saw littering. 400 of these flowers were distributed in just 90 minutes. This message was intended to raise awareness in a positive way and was an overall success, even in the majority of comments in the media.
The ministry established Saturday the 25th of October as the day for the general public to attend and the participation was very encouraging especially in the clean-up of the beaches of the north of our island.
All in all about 3000 persons took part in this campaign, ranging from the general public to school children to private companies employees but also included a large section of Works Division employees and also administrative staff that took their turn at cleaning up in a designated site. For the `dangerous` tasks, the ministry found the usual cooperation of the Armed Forces, the Civil Protection, and the abseilers of the Restoration Unit. For the clean-up of one of the central sites chosen, Gnien il-Kottoner, the ministry recruited the expert services of the staff from the Environmental Landscape Consortium (ELC).
In all about 60 sites were effectively cleaned up from all over Malta and Gozo including 2 sea-beds, 6 beaches and various historical sites ranging from public gardens to areas around bastions.
WasteServ said they were proud to have participated in this initiative and looks forward to more such activities aimed at preserving and improving the state of our environment.