GreenPak Cooperative Society’s commitment in the collection of plastics via recycling bins on both islands is consistently yielding better results. A dramatic increase in plastics recovery was recorded following the introduction of the innovative iBiNs at the beginning of this year. Latest figures show that between January and May 2019 plastics recovery nearly doubled when compared to the same period in 2018. During the first five months of this year over 253,000 kilograms of plastics were recovered, which is equivalent to 3,162,500 plastic bottles.
Many consider plastic as the miracle material that has made modern life possible, but nearly half of it is used just once, and a significant part of it ends up polluting our seas to the detriment of the ecosystem, and ultimately our health.
Furthermore, between January and May 2019, GreenPak also registered another highly significant increase of 39% in recovered paper and glass materials when compared to the same five-month period in 2018. From over 651,000 kilogrammes last year, the total figure for both paper and glass over the past five months has increased to more than 882,000 kilogramms.
During the week marking World Environment Day, GreenPak’s CEO Ing Mario Schembri said: “As these figures amply show, iBiNs are positively impacting on recycling in both Malta and Gozo as they are making it easier and more efficient for people to recycle, anytime, anywhere.”
“For us at GreenPak, world environment day is practically every day – 365 days a year. Recycling serves to protect and improve the environment which today is globally recognised as being seriously threatened through, among others, the depletion of its raw materials. Our day-to-day work and operations serve as a tangible platform for public outreach across Malta and Gozo. Using our latest technological system, today we know that in 2019 there has not been a single day when citizens did not use GreenPak’s iBiNs to recycle.”
Earlier this year, the iBiNs replaced all the previous recycling skips in the 40 localities served by GreenPak. Equipped with smart technology, iBiNs enable citizens to recycle 24/7 in a simpler and more convenient way, while doing away with the unsightly overflowing of recycling bins.
The intelligent bins are able to measure their fill-level and transmit the information to a central system using Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology, brought to Malta for the first time by Vodafone Malta. Following last month’s official launch of the iBiNs link, more significant results are expected in the coming months as this link via mobile phone will be directing the person to the nearest empty iBiN, meaning more efficient use of time and less driving trying to locate an empty bin. The link is found at ibins.greenpak.com.mt with no download necessary. It works on any mobile device such as smartphones, tablets, portable computers and others.
For further information and enquiries regarding GreenPak one can visit the GreenPak website www.greenpak.com.mt or call on telephone: 2166 0233.
Photocaption: Smart technology iBiNs leading to plastic recycling increase