The Malta Independent 4 August 2020, Tuesday

Newly-formed NGO Let’s Do It Malta begins clearing up litter from Qalet Marku

Monday, 13 July 2020, 12:38 Last update: about 21 days ago

The newly-formed NGO Let’s Do It Malta has begun clearing up litter from the Qalet Marku peninsula, with a clean-up taking place last Saturday. 

In a statement, the NGO said that Qalet Marku, a peninsula close to Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, has been heavily eroded by cars driving over its natural surface. Its flora and fauna have been further affected by years of open fires and littering. 

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“Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia closed vehicle access to the land in March and granted permission for Let’s Do It Malta to clear its plastic and metal debris, an operation which is taking place over the next 12 months,” the NGO said. 

Qalet Marku’s first clean-up, which was held on Saturday 11 July, saw volunteers from Blexr, an iGaming company based in Sliema, hand-pick many pieces of rubbish from the soil. 

“Blexr has also provided a donation of equipment to the NGO, including buckets, containers, a shovel and broom and a specialist magnet so as to safely pick up the many large nails found on the peninsula.” 

The eventual aim is for the land to become a green area where people can walk and enjoy the Maltese countryside, the NGO said. “It is also the site of St Mark's Tower, a watchtower built in 1658.” 

Let’s Do It Malta became an NGO following a merger between similar environmentally-focused groups Malta Clean Up and Get Trashed Malta. 

Environmental campaigner Camilla Appelgren said: “It’s amazing to finally kick off our project to restore Qalet Marku in collaboration with the Ministry for the Environment. 

“This is the first step towards safeguarding this area and its beauty for the coming generations.” 

“Let’s Do It Malta is extremely happy to see Blexr offering its support by donating tools to be used for this project. We both believe the whole of society needs to work together to achieve a cleaner, better environment.”

 

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