A group of local residents have taken it upon themselves to print out and stick informative posters around Sliema in an effort to remind people about the rules and regulations for rubbish collection.
Sliema is experiencing an ongoing problem with rubbish piling up due to residents leaving their bin bags on street corners, sometimes hours before the designated pick up time, instead of the designated areas in front of their apartments.
This habit has resulted in several ‘made-up’ rubbish collection points and has become a nuisance for nearby residents, especially those who live on the corner of the street. In some cases, whole pavements are blocked off due to the pileup of rubbish, posing a health and safety hazard for people walking by.
The issue has become such a problem that a group of local residents have decided to take matters into their own hands, printing a version of the garbage collection poster to be stuck on ‘target problem apartment blocks’ around Nazzarenu Street and the Sacro Cour Parish.
The poster includes the usual garbage collection times, along with the their addition of ‘Wrong Bag, Wrong Day, Wrong Time’… and MELA, because this is Malta after all
But the issue isn’t solely due to the negligence of the area’s residents
Members of the Facebook group ‘Sliema Residents’ feel that the local council hasn’t done its part to ensure that rubbish is collected in a timely and proper manner after a “test bag” was not picked up by the garbage trucks between the designated collection hours of 5:15pm and 7pm.
On the other hand is the issue of garbage trucks not being able to access certain streets due to the restrictions imposed by construction sites, which might explain why residents could be forced to leave their rubbish on the corner.
Despite the efforts of the Sliema vigilante group, there doesn’t seem to be a real strategy in place to tackle this issue.
Sliema continues to be both an overdeveloped and and overpopulated area, meaning that the garbage crisis will only get worse unless efforts are made to implement an effective and efficient method for rubbish collection.
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