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Raising awareness that not wasting is everyone’s business

Environment Minister José Herrera spoke about the various environmental measures and initiatives the government was planning to introduce. Photo: Francis Micallef/DOI

Environment Minister José Herrera spoke about the various environmental measures and initiatives the government was planning to introduce. Photo: Francis Micallef/DOI

As part of European Week for Waste Reduction a business breakfast on the theme ‘Make it your business not to waste’ on how local businesses can reduce waste was held by the Ministry for the Environment at a hotel in St Julian’s.

Waste expert Mario Schembri from AIS Environment consultancy and Wasteserv chairman David Borg spoke about how being proactive about waste is the way forward. Other speakers included Charlene Mercieca from Soap Café, Victor Galea from VG Tiles and Selina Zerafa from Malta Freeport.

Environment Minister José Herrera said the government was planning to introduce environmental measures and initiatives. These included a nationwide organic bag collection, the implementation of the Beverage Container Refund Scheme, the setting up of a waste-to-energy facility by 2023, increased enforcement and other measures a legal nature.

But he said that “to effectively reach our targets we need the active participation from all industry players as well as from all private citizens”, adding the government was committed to strengthening efforts related to environmental educational campaigns.

The European Week for Waste Reduction is a Europe-wide initiative aimed at promoting awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management during a single week. It encourages various audiences and stakeholders, including public authorities, private companies, civil society as well as individuals themselves, to get involved and come up with more ways to reduce waste.

For more information on how to get involved in the week and for more tips on how to reduce waste in the business place, visit the websites below.

www.ewwr.eu

http://dontwastewaste.gov.mt

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