are currently being installed in different ports around Malta. This was
announced during a press conference in Birgu, where the first sea bin has
already been installed. So far, a total of 9 new seabins have been approved and
funded. These will be located in Pietà, St Julian’s, Birgu, Msida, Marsaxlokk,
Marsascala, Ta’ Xbiex, Kalkara, and Gżira. There are 9 other seabins, which
will be placed in other areas. These seabins are being funded by private
entities including Norwex which will be funding a total of 10 seabins including
the one in Birgu. Strand Marine, and Auto Systems Ltd is taking care of all the
logistical work while the eNGO Żibel is in charge of the educational aspect.
Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis said that this
government is committed to ensuring that we have a cleaner country. That is
why, among other initiatives, we believe that this installation of new seabins
is necessary because these provide a holistic solution for the reduction of
waste in our sea and for reducing the damage that this waste is doing to the
marine ecosystem. The Parliamentary Secretary concluded by thanking all those
involved in this initiative.
Secretary for Consumer Rights, Public Cleansing and Support for the Capital
City Deo Debattista spoke about the importance of cleanliness not only on land
but also at sea. He explained that these seabins are proof of the importance
this Government is attributing to our country’s cleanliness and upkeep. The Cleansing
and Maintenance Division will enter into an agreement with the eNGO Żibel, to
maintain these bins. Deo Debattista added that two workers will be exclusively
assigned to this project. “As a division, we will be collecting detailed
statistics on the amount and the kind of waste collected, this will help us
better understand the cleanliness-levels at sea,” said Parliamentary Secretary
Deo Debattista. He urged the Maltese and Gozitan people to observe the law
since illegally dumped waste will ultimately end up at sea.
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