EU agrees unprecedented cuts to single-use plastics
December 19, 2018December 19, 2018
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EU agrees unprecedented cuts to single-use plastics

However reduction targets missing and collection targets delayed Friends of the Earth Malta (FoE Malta) welcomes the EU’s finalised new laws to reduce single-use plastics. After months of intense negotiations, the EU has agreed much-anticipated laws to slash single-use plastics in the EU. The agreed text is a significant step forward in tackling plastic pollution,...

The Great Fire of Magħtab: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
September 5, 2018September 5, 2018
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The Great Fire of Magħtab: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

The spark that set off the 31st August Magħtab fire which blanketed the whole island was lit decades ago. This article was first published as part of the Isles of the Left‘s environment section  Very few might imagine that what is currently referred to as Mount Magħtab was originally a valley. Truckloads of unseparated waste tipped their...

Reduction of single-use plastic paramount to tackling plastic pollution
September 1, 2018September 1, 2018
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Reduction of single-use plastic paramount to tackling plastic pollution

FoE Malta submits recommendations on single use plastics Friends of the Earth Malta (FoE Malta) welcomes the publication of the Proposal for a Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment by the European Commission. It is designed to prevent and reduce the impact of certain plastic products on...

FoE Malta proposes a more comprehensive Beverage Container Refund Scheme
July 5, 2018July 5, 2018
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FoE Malta proposes a more comprehensive Beverage Container Refund Scheme

Friends of the Earth Malta (FoE Malta) supports the introduction of the Beverage Container Refund Scheme (BCRS) that the Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change has proposed. FoE Malta is pleased that a deposit scheme will be implemented by the end of 2019. This is a step in the right direction to...

Beverage Container Refund Scheme
May 29, 2018June 16, 2018
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Beverage Container Refund Scheme

Public Consultation We are very pleased to see that in May 2018, the Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change have put forward a proposal for the Beverage Container Refund Scheme (BCRS), that is open for public consultation until the 30th of June. This is one measure through which Malta is trying to...

Repair Cafe
May 11, 2018May 20, 2018
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Repair Cafe

The fight against a throwaway culture A bit more then a month ago, as part of our Zero Waste Camp, we had organised a Repair Cafe. A Repair Cafe is a meeting place where the community comes together—people who have things that need fixing, meet others who know how to carry out repairs, and an...

Plastic packaging failing to prevent food waste crisis, new study finds
April 10, 2018April 10, 2018
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Plastic packaging failing to prevent food waste crisis, new study finds

Europeans produce amongst the highest amounts of plastic packaging waste globally A rise in plastic food packaging is failing to reduce Europe’s growing food waste problem, and in some cases may even be fuelling it, according to pioneering new research. [1] The study shows how annual per-capita use of plastic packaging has grown simultaneously with...

Reconsidering our Waste Predicament
October 3, 2017January 19, 2018
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Reconsidering our Waste Predicament

Għallis, the last remaining engineered landfill in Malta is filling to the brim and it is a matter of months, not years, until it reaches its capacity and there will be nowhere else to dump our municipal waste. This does not come as a surprise – landfills are ultimately a temporary solution to the chronic...