Gozo tunnel will generate over one million tons of construction waste
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Partit Demokratiku has demanded that the Government declares “in no uncertain terms” what its plans are, both in the short term and on a sustainable long term, with regards to construction and demolition waste, describing it as a “construction waste crisis.”
As an example it pointed out that the projected Gozo Tunnel project “will generate over one million tons of excavation waste,” which it said, “is almost equivalent to what the construction industry generates in a whole year.”
Malta and Gozo has run out of space where to dispose of such waste, said PD, adding that “as a country we cannot carry on stumbling and reacting from one crisis to the next.”
PD continued by saying that these are not issues that developed now, but successive governments have been aware of them for decades.
“No proper evaluation has been taken and no long term strategy has ever been planned,” said PD.
It added that, “serious initiatives to recycle substantial quantities of Construction waste – which is a resource that should not be thrown away – have never been taken.”
“A huge environmental and financial cost is being unduly placed on the taxpayer,” it said. “PD stands as guardian and keeper of a healthy environment and is not ready to remain idle while our natural and cultural heritage is being compromised.”