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...

Networking Evening – Waste
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Networking Evening – Waste

We invite people from all backgrounds who are already working (or are interested in becoming active) in the area of waste reduction, circular economy, plastic pollution, clean-ups, marine litter and other related topics, to a Networking Evening. The scope is to introduce ourselves, what we are currently working on, the projects we anticipate that we...

Zero Waste 2-day Workshop
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Zero Waste 2-day Workshop

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...

FoE Malta’s submissions on terms of reference for EIA for GF 3627/03 Restoration of quarries by infilling with Inert & non-hazardous waste Qrendi and Siggiewi
August 17, 2003August 28, 2017
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FoE Malta’s submissions on terms of reference for EIA for GF 3627/03 Restoration of quarries by infilling with Inert & non-hazardous waste Qrendi and Siggiewi

The terms of reference for the above application should consider as a minimum: the zero option: ie that the so-called interim landfills are not necessary and the option of using Maghtab until another site is determined for Malta’s landfill is selected and prepared to accept separated waste that if it is found that Malta cannot...

MEPA doublespeak – landfill site selection process should be widened
May 19, 2002August 23, 2017
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MEPA doublespeak – landfill site selection process should be widened

During a recent meeting held between officials of the ‘Malta Environment and Planning Authority’ and ‘Friends of the Earth (Malta)’ MEPA officials confirmed that it had received an application from government to develop an engineered landfill at either of two designated sites, at Tal-Harrub, Benghisa or Il-Ghallis ta’ Gewwa. Friends of the Earth representatives were...