Several tonnes of plastic cups, beer cans and cardboard plates that were dumped onto the floor of St Julian’s during last Sunday’s St Patrick’s Day were not recycled, but ended up in a landfill.
Cleansing division director general of the cleansing division Ramon Deguara confirmed this unfortunate fact yesterday during an interview on RTK yesterday.
“St Patrick’s was a huge challenge for our workers, who spent three hours cleaning up the streets of Spinola and Paceville from around 15 tonnes of waste,” he said. “Yes, the material could have easily been recycled, but it would have been impossible to do so in just three hours. We’d have needed way more resources and time.”
Deguara said he hopes that future editions of St Patrick’s Day will include more recycling bins, but warned the alcohol-heavy nature of the feast means revellers may still end up disposing of the waste onto the floor.
He also urged the festival organisers to pitch in for the cleansing costs, which this year were entirely born by the St Julian’s local council.
“Everyone involved made quite a bit of money from the festival and, in my opinion, they should contribute a bit of it back to society,” he finished. “Six years ago, we used to say that St Patrick’s was a spontaneous activity, but it has clearly become organised now, with road closures, tents and everything.”
Cover photos: Lionel Gerada