New seabins are currently being installed in different ports around Malta. This was announced during a press conference in Birgu, where the first sea bin has already been installed. So far, a total of 9 new seabins have been approved and funded. These will be located in Pietà, St Julian’s, Birgu, Msida, Marsaxlokk, Marsascala, Ta’ Xbiex, Kalkara, and Gżira. There are 9 other seabins, which will be placed in other areas. These seabins are being funded by private entities including Norwex which will be funding a total of 10 seabins including the one in Birgu. Strand Marine, and Auto Systems Ltd is taking care of all the logistical work while the eNGO Żibel is in charge of the educational aspect.
Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis said that this government is committed to ensuring that we have a cleaner country. That is why, among other initiatives, we believe that this installation of new seabins is necessary because these provide a holistic solution for the reduction of waste in our sea and for reducing the damage that this waste is doing to the marine ecosystem. The Parliamentary Secretary concluded by thanking all those involved in this initiative.
Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Rights, Public Cleansing and Support for the Capital City Deo Debattista spoke about the importance of cleanliness not only on land but also at sea. He explained that these seabins are proof of the importance this Government is attributing to our country’s cleanliness and upkeep. The Cleansing and Maintenance Division will enter into an agreement with the eNGO Żibel, to maintain these bins. Deo Debattista added that two workers will be exclusively assigned to this project. “As a division, we will be collecting detailed statistics on the amount and the kind of waste collected, this will help us better understand the cleanliness-levels at sea,” said Parliamentary Secretary Deo Debattista. He urged the Maltese and Gozitan people to observe the law since illegally dumped waste will ultimately end up at sea.