The Malta Independent 24 October 2020, Saturday

Over 940kg of waste collected by volunteer divers for World Clean-up Day

Tuesday, 22 September 2020, 09:41 Last update: about 1 month ago

Over 20 diver volunteers collected 949.32kg of waste in Ta Xbiex marina, in aid of World Clean-Up day last Saturday.

The clean-up event was organised by the Environmental NGO Zibel and Raniero’s Adventures.

The clean-up, which took over five hours, took place behind the Royal Malta Yacht Club. The clean-up was restricted to dive volunteers due to the Covid-19 situation, but despite the restrictions it was a productive one. 


From the 949.32kg of waste, 428.74kg was glass, 14.1kg was metal, 1.86kg was recyclable ocean plastic, 316.2kg were tyres (32 tyres), and 10.7kg general waste ,19.18kg were batteries and 0.9kg of bottle caps. 

The divers also found 157.8kg of bulky waste, which included a ceramic sink, plastic chairs and a glass window amongst other things. 

World Clean-up day originated in Estonia back in 2008, and is now a global social action program aimed at combating the global solid waste and marine debris problem. Millions of volunteers join together to clean up litter from the street, beaches and forests to make the world a better and cleaner place for today and the future. 

The NGO thanked all the volunteers and their partners in helping them during the clean-up: dive system Malta, Malta Tourism Authority, The Alfred Mizzi Foundation, Clean Malta, Saving our Blue Malta, EcoPure Beverage Services, Portughes Dry Cleaning and Prohealth Ltd.

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