Current Affairs
Over one kg of cigarette butts collected at Kalkara bay

As waste material continues to be dumped in bays and on shores during the swimming season, it also appears to be decreasing with Environment Ministry officials note an improvement when compared to last year. However, this cannot be said to the amount of cigarette butts being dumped in bays as within an hour’s time, over one kilogram of these butts were collected from the small bay of Kalkara.

Joseph Magro is a frequent snorkeler at the Rinella bay, mostly not to admire the fauna of the seabed but to retrieve waste material that persons irresponsibly dump at the area with a great damage to the eco-system and sea life.

Mr Magro was collecting bottles and drink containers when workers and officers from the Environment Ministry secretariat took the initiative to spend half a day cleaning the Kalkara bay as part of the “Saving Our Blue’ campaign, which is in its second year. The workers collected a large amount of waste from the beach and shore.

The Ministry assistant principal Ramona Borg said “although we are seeing progress each year, today we collected a kilogram of cigarette butts within an hour. It is important that during the summer season and while organising BBQs we use alternatives to plastic used only once, such as cups and utensils and other reusable things”.

Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia said that the sea and shores are part of everyone’s heritage which we need to protect for our future generations. “We came here together in this bay and collected a lot of material which can easily end up at sea and remain for scores of years to disintegrate”.

Plastic is the waste material which mostly endangers species and life at sea. Each year, some 26 million tons of plastic waste are generated in Europe. Figures by the National Statistics Office show that in Malta, within a period of four years, this waste decreased by half – from almost 2,000 tons in 2013 to a 1,000 tons in 2017.

Other News

The Nationalist Party said that it is informed that Gozo Channel company has no adequate system to monitor that on vessels and in the terminals, passengers observe the Covid-19 preventive…

Current Affairs

From today onwards, one of the best scenery of the Grand Harbour may be enjoyed from the rooftop of the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. This follows the inauguration during…


Public Health Superintendent, Prof. Charmaine Gauci, said that since the introduction of last week’s legal notice, five €3,000 fines on each case were issued to organisers of events, restaurants or…

Current Affairs

The two 18-year old youths, accused with the murder of Saviour Gaffarena and the attempted murder of his cousin Vincent Gaffarena last month, will stand trial. The decision was taken…

View More