Floriana - Malta Environment & Planning Authority has published the new Environment Report 2008. The report, which is published every 3 years, helps to monitor trends related to the most important environmental parameters. The report diagnoses the current situation of the environment today and shows a holistic picture of Malta’s environmental challenges, looking at all sectors and policy areas affecting the environment.
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* "Trends in waste generation indicate reductions over the review period, and this has been felt in most waste streams, except packaging and hazardous waste. Between 2004 and 2006, waste generated fell by 9.49 percent to nearly 2.3 million tonnes. In 2006, the majority (80 percent) of this waste was landfilled, while the rest was recycled, stored, exported or dumped at sea."
* "Municipal waste generated increased by six percent between 2004 and 2007, up to 265,947 tonnes in 2007.349 The majority of this was landfilled, with seven percent being recycled declining from 19 percent in 2006. The reason for these changes relates to the temporary closure of the Sant’ Antnin waste treatment plant, which is Malta’s principal waste recycling facility, for upgrading."
* "Inert waste, which in Malta consists chiefly of construction and demolition waste, represented 87 percent of total waste generated in 2006. Construction and demolition waste generated decreased by 10.5 percent between 2004 and 2006 when it fell to 2.49 million tonnes. In an effort to reduce the amount of inert waste going to landfill, and to keep this inert waste stream uncontaminated by other types of waste, since 1997 a proportion of Malta’s construction and demolition waste has been disposed of in spent quarries, at sea and through recycling."
* "In 2006, 53,600 tonnes of hazardous waste is estimated to have been generated in Malta, increasing by one percent since 2004. Most hazardous waste (97 percent in 2006) is stored awaiting eventual export from Malta to a location where it can be safely treated and disposed of. Exportation of hazardous waste increased fivefold between 2004 and 2006, from 255 tonnes in 2004 to 1,346 tonnes in 2006."
More information under Environment Report 2008. Quelle: Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA)