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Green MT, the National Authorised Packaging Waste Compliance Scheme has held its annual Council Awards under the patronage of the Hon. Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, Leo Brincat and the Hon. Stefan Buontempo, Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government.
The Green Council Awards have entered into their fifth year and eleven awards were this year given to Local Councils, Schools, Industry Operators, and individuals who have distingushed themselves in the sector of waste separation and final recycling.
Milk and juice cartons can now be Recycled!
GreenMT, the National Authorised Packaging Waste Compliance Scheme, as from September 2015 organised a number of Educational Recycling Campaigns in Schools around Malta and Gozo for the fourth year running.
These talks with a difference were very well received by both students and teachers alike.
GreenMT's Eco-Councillors Mrs. Grace Buhagiar and Mrs.Josette Pisani together with Singer/Songwriter Kristina Casolani visited over 30 schools throughout this campaign. This campaign will continue in 2016.
GreenMT, the National Authorised Packaging Waste Compliance Scheme first week of December organised an event in Mellieħa in order to collect used clothes, shoes and bags. All items collected shall be exported to be segregated and reused and will be sold to third world countries.
GreenMT Eco-Councillors distributed grey bags to all who attended the recycling event. The residents of Mellieha were very cooperative.
This Recycling event in Mellieħa is to be repeated every three months.
The implementation of the WEEE Directive is now round the corner. In mid April a consultation document was issued by the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change together with the Malta Environment and Planning Authority. The consultation document focused mainly on amendments to the Eco Contribution Act and amendments to Legal Notice 204 of 2014.
Green MT, together with GRTU Malta Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises, welcomed the draft amendments which clearly showed a commitment by Government to deliver this Budget 2015. The draft amendments included the abolishing of Eco Contribution related to electrical and electronic equipment including refrigeration and air conditioning, heating and cooking apparatus, IT and telecommunications equipment and other related equipment.
In response to this public consultation GRTU and Green MT issued feedback document which was forwarded by 8thMay 2015 as requested and agreed with Minister Hon Leo Brincat. Beyond this date only one consultation meeting was held with MEPA officials who were responsible to discuss the feedback issues provided by stakeholders and others who formed part of this consultation. During the meeting it was established that a number of proposals put forward by GRTU and Green MT were accepted and thus amendments were made to the legislation accordingly to reflect stakeholders input including producers of WEEE and Scheme operators.