Malta Enterprise has launched a new scheme to help companies purchase machinery and containers to place the product in and thus avoid the use of single-use plastics. This means that the use and consumption of plastic by shops and businesses will be reduced.
This was announced by the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning Aaron Farrugia and the Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development Miriam Dalli. The new scheme will be assisting companies to purchase machinery that stores products in large quantities and custom containers for customers to place these products in. This includes systems which to date are used in the case of liquid washing products and in the case of cereals or almonds and which can be used for many more products.
The scheme to be operated by Malta Enterprise will cover up to 50% of the eligible cost, with a grant of up to € 20,000. Eligible investments also include technological systems to manage the process and others to clean the containers and prepare them for reuse.
Minister Miriam Dalli explained that businesses can also operate sustainably and help consumers do the same. “We can live sustainably, with the least impact on the environment. To do this we need to bring about change in a tangible way and this initiative is a living example of this. We want sustainability to be a natural part of our operations and we want to stand with businesses and consumers as they make this change,” said Minister Dalli.
Minister Farrugia stressed the importance of reducing plastic consumption. “We are currently at a time of transition — at this time we are offering this assistance, in addition to the policy that this government is pursuing, to greatly reduce the consumption of single-use plastic, because this pollutes the environment for decades and even hundreds of years, and in addition to damaging the environment around us, it also has an impact on economic sectors such as tourism. It is important that sustainable investment becomes a crucial part of our economy and the norm in the services we need every day,” said Minister Aaron Farrugia.
Malta Enterprise CEO Kurt Farrugia urged businesses to benefit from this scheme. “We encourage all businesses that are interested in introducing a similar system to call Business First on 144, where we can better guide them on which costs are eligible. We believe that this container initiative can lead to a change in the culture of the way we shop — to reduce pollution and buy more responsibly and sustainably. “
Applications are open on the Malta Enterprise website. Companies have a chance to submit their application by the end of next November. Guidance on the application process can be obtained from Business First by calling 144.