The Malta Independent 15 April 2024, Monday
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65 tons of waste cleared from 21 localities since October

Monday, 5 February 2024, 19:18 Last update: about 3 months ago

Since the beginning of the national project on cleaning and maintenance in October 2023, interventions have been carried out in 21 localities, resulting in the removal of more than 65 tons of waste, a government statement said.

The interventions, including cleaning, vegetable pruning, and other landscaping work, were conducted by the workers of the Division for Cleansing and Maintenance in collaboration with other government entities.

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The Division for Cleansing and Maintenance has deployed 8 compact sweepers in various arterial roads and localities. Since January alone, these machines have covered over 2,000 kilometers of roads, collecting around 30 tons of street litter.

Additionally, plans are underway to introduce new technological machinery that will assist the Division for Cleansing and Maintenance in covering 24 other localities. The planning includes the use of robots and sweepers, following extensive training for Clean Malta workers by foreign technical experts.

These details were announced during a press conference addressed by the Minister for Tourism and Public Cleanliness Clayton Bartolo, the Parliamentary Secretary for Public Cleanliness Glenn Bedingfield, and the Director-General of Clean Malta Ramon Deguara.

Minister Clayton Bartolo emphasized that public cleanliness remains a priority for the government, and resources are being allocated to Local Councils to enhance their collaboration with Clean Malta. He highlighted the successful pilot project conducted with several local councils a few years ago, which demonstrated significant benefits. The government aims to extend this exercise to a larger number of local councils.

Parliamentary Secretary Glenn Bedingfield expressed that maintaining cleanliness and environmental upkeep is crucial for a healthy and prosperous society. He emphasized that living in a clean and healthy environment is fundamental to the well-being of the Maltese and Gozitan people.

Ramon Deguara, the Director-General of Clean Malta, explained how this national project is making a positive impact, bringing about changes in the appearance of the streets and public spaces, contributing to the overall well-being of the community.

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