Copious amounts of discarded plastic and wood have been found at Paradise Bay in Mellieħa.
Local environmentalist and adventurer Raniero Borg uploaded a three-minute video to his Facebook page yesterday, showing an insane amount of plastic and wood that seems to have been dumped and left at the bay.
The plastic, which has probably been there for a while, has become very brittle and is now breaking down into microplastics that will probably be dragged into the sea. These microplastics will remain whole for many years, and will probably be ingested by marine life in a way that may cause some extreme harm to them.
Microplastics have been found everywhere from fish guts, to tap water, to human stool (yes, human stool), so there is no denying this is a major global problem. One way to solve this would obviously be to reduce the production of plastic overall, but also to avoid environmentally hazardous habits such as dumping and littering.
Raniero, who has organised several clean ups on the island over the past few years, said that this is “the worst mess I personally have come across in Malta”, and calls on the public, as well as NGOs and the government, to step in and help.