Zminijietna calls for a ban on single-use plastic in Malta
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Zminijietna – the left think tank organisation, has commended the policy recently announced by the Minister of the Environment, on the introduction at the beginning of next year, the ‘reverse vending machine system,’ to better manage the collection and recycling of plastic waste.
In a statement, Zminijietna called for a holistic approach in the management and recycling of waste, the Government should also ban single-use plastic, it said.
Therefore, it said, the scheme should also incorporate other beverages, those in aluminum cans and glass bottles.
The Voice of the Left added that, “if the system is applied efficiently, 97% of all the plastic waste generated will be recollected. Other policies, to prohibit the use or selling of certain plastic products should also be encouraged.”
It concluded by pointing out that “France just passed a law that says all plastic plates, straws, cups, and utensils (single-use plastic) will be banned by 2020, and replacements will need to be made from biologically sourced materials that can be composted.”
File photograph of plastic pollution in Victoria by Alain Salvary