Category: Waste

Zero Waste Camp
February 2, 2018August 12, 2018
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Zero Waste Camp

We are organising a two day live-in activist camp/workshop from Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th of March at Xrobb l-Għaġin Nature Park. The scope of the event is to learn how to cut down on plastic use and waste-generation on a personal level and also how we can take action to move towards a zero-waste society....

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...

Friends of the Earth Malta calls on political parties to safeguard our wellbeing
May 8, 2017April 10, 2018
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Friends of the Earth Malta calls on political parties to safeguard our wellbeing

Friends of the Earth Malta has been calling for environmental improvements since 1985 and, thirty years on we face much greater problems than we did then. While environmental awareness has increased, Malta faces a variety of environmental problems related to land use, waste, transport, agriculture, energy, the sea, and biodiversity. Malta has lost far too...

Waste reduction, not incineration, FoE insists
April 24, 2009August 28, 2017
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Waste reduction, not incineration, FoE insists

The revision of the Waste Management Strategy comes 8 years after the original one was completed rather late, most will agree, particularly since the team revising the strategy started the job back in 2005. The document states that the strategy sets a five-year plan. The fact that drafting the revision took 3 years leaves us...

Packaging Waste Collection Scheme – more questions than answers
May 15, 2008August 23, 2017
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Packaging Waste Collection Scheme – more questions than answers

Further to the letter ‘Packaging waste collection system’ by Chris Ciantar and published on The Sunday Times (April 27th), Friends of the Earth (Malta) would like to point out the following issues. In his letter, the newly appointed Permanent Secretary, clearly exhibits his annoyance at the public statement issued by the NGO. However, unless he...

The eternal saga? Part II
April 16, 2008August 28, 2017
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The eternal saga? Part II

Further to the article published in The Sunday Times, 30th March 2008, “Waste Separation Postponed” Friends of the Earth (Malta) would like to point out that only minor parts of the PR text issued by the organisation were quoted in this article and these were out of context. A case in point of this is...

Waste Separation in Malta – the eternal saga?
March 28, 2008August 23, 2017
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Waste Separation in Malta – the eternal saga?

Friends of the Earth Malta would like to express concern at the recent developments related to the postponing of the introduction of weekly separate waste collection from households. The reason given by the local press is that, though, local councils, fully support the scheme, they cannot meet the deadlines imposed on them and start implementing...

Redefinition of Incineration Undermines Sustainable Resource Use
July 13, 2007August 28, 2017
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Redefinition of Incineration Undermines Sustainable Resource Use

With reference to Mr. Paul L. Cardona’s reaction (The Times, July 7) to our position on the re-definition of incineration, FoE (Malta), together with several other FoE groups across Europe, oppose incineration for one simple reason– incineration does nothing to create a shift towards more sustainable and equitable use of the world’s resources. In fact,...

ENVIRONMENT MINISTERS MUST REJECT EU PLAN TO PROMOTE INCINERATION
June 26, 2007August 28, 2017
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ENVIRONMENT MINISTERS MUST REJECT EU PLAN TO PROMOTE INCINERATION

Friends of the Earth (Malta) today called on EU Environment Ministers to reject a plan to redefine waste incineration from ‘disposal’ to ‘recovery’, arguing that the redefinition would promote environmentally-damaging incineration and is, in any case, unnecessary. Under current EU law, most incinerators are defined as disposal installations, and installations can only be defined as...