World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 and through it the United Nations aims at promoting awareness of the environment and its protection.
Each year, the United Nations chooses a different theme to mark the Day. The chosen theme focuses people’s attention on a critical environmental issue. This year’s theme is “Beat plastic pollution. If you can’t reuse it, refuse it.”
This news release published by the National Statistics Office (NSO) gives an overview on subject matters affecting the local environment, namely, waste generation, recycling of plastic waste, built-up areas, and bathing water quality.
- Total non-mineral waste generation in Malta in 2016 increased by 31.8 per cent;
- In 2016, recycled plastic waste amounted to 7,526 tonnes, equivalent to 17.1 kg per capita;
- Developed land rose from 67.7 km2 (21.5 per cent) in 1990 to 103.8 km2 (32.9 per cent) in 2015;
- Of the 87 bathing sites that were tested in 2017, 98.9 per cent were certified to have excellent water quality.
Waste is made up of objects/substances that the possessor “discards or intends or is required to discard” (Directive 2008/98/EC Article 3(1)). A country’s volume of waste generation is a sign of its production and consumption habits.
In 2016 Malta’s total generation of non-mineral waste increased by 31.8 per cent over 2015, reaching a total of 1.3 tonnes per capita. There was a threefold increase in hazardous waste over 2015, resulting from the disposal of oil drilling vessels. On the other hand, non-hazardous waste increased by 13.2 per cent and amounted to almost one tonne per person.