Current Affairs
Scheme for Local Councils to implement new ideas for improving waste management

Local Councils are to be given an opportunity to come up with innovative ideas for more effective waste management in their localities. This through a 900,000 euro scheme aimed at helping Councils to solve problems linked with waste collection.

Through the launch of this new scheme, the Ministry responsible for Local Government is allocating 900,000 euro from which all Local Councils can benefit, so that waste collection can be implemented through different systems according to the needs of particular localities.

Engineer Mark Muscat explained that through this scheme, Local Councils can create new waste collection systems. Some Councils, Muscat added, experience problems either through foreigners who are not familiar with the regulations, or through persons who would be unable to put out their waste bags during the allocated times.

“There are problems with following the rules, and we can avoid people being fined for taking out the wrong bags. We are calling this an innovative system, as we don’t want Councils to come out with proposals which would result in a dumpsite.”

Local Government Minister Jose’ Herrera said the need for the environment to be given priority is a target which can be strengthened through this scheme.

“There are European directives, issues of an environmental nature where waste is collected in a certain manner which will make it a recyclable resource. The way certain Councils are functioning, we still have not reached this level. These funds are aimed at helping particular Local Councils to invest in new methodologies for separation, collection and retaining of waste.”

Minister Herrera added that in the near future waste will serve for Local Councils to have a financial income, adding that Councils in the same areas should collaborate to solve common problems on waste management.

The scheme will start being implemented from this year and will continue through next year so that Local Councils will be given time to see what the communities’ needs are and to come up with solutions to address residents’ needs.