The Malta Independent 11 August 2022, Thursday

Dumped objects to get a new lease of life at Reuse Centres

Saturday, 23 January 2021, 09:07 Last update: about 3 years ago

WasteServ will be opening four Reuse Centres to enhance its Civic Amenity Site experience and to further widen the concept of a circular economy.

These centres, which are expected to be opened by the end of the year, will offer used and ‘pre-loved’ items such as ceramics, toys, books, and loose furniture which still hold value and can be reused.

This was announced by Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning Aaron Farrugia during a visit at the Ħal Far Civic Amenity Site where one of the Reuse Centres will be opening.

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Minister Farrugia explained that people will be able to obtain these items against a pre-established donation which will go towards a fund for environmental initiatives, including a bee conservation program.

A new tender (https://www.wsm.com.mt/en/tenders) has been issued which will see shipping containers repurposed and transformed into a high-end innovative retail space with a creative design to serve as Reuse Centres. These will be placed at the Civic Amenity Sites of Luqa, Ħal Far, Mrieħel and Tal-Kus (Gozo).

Minister Farrugia said that these centres will provide an excellent opportunity to extend the life of various items that still hold value and would have otherwise entered the waste stream. This also complements the objectives of the new Long-Term Waste Management Plan by fostering a culture of resource efficiency and sustainable consumption.

WasteServ CEO Richard Bilocca said that through these centres, WasteServ will prevent waste by promoting the reuse of products. This would also serve to raise people’s awareness by urging them to act with greater concern for the environment.

This is what, more or less, the centres will be like

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