The government is looking into the possibility of a complete overhaul of the country’s door-to-door waste collection system, Local Government Minister Jose Herrera has confirmed.
In comments to the Times of Malta, Herrera said that a proposal for scrapping the present system, put forward by Malta’s Local Councils Association, was actively being considered, though he said that any change would need to take place over time.
As things currently stand, local councils across the island must enter into commercial agreements with waste collection operators, who collect garbage bags left outside house doors.
The system has always been problematic, with stray animals often tearing into garbage bags and creating a mess in the surroundings.
The problem has become greater in recent years, especially as houses have started to make way for blocks with multiple apartments, resulting in pavements in some parts of the country being completely covered in garbage bags.
While there are few details regarding what a new system would look like, it would involve residents dropping their rubbish off at central points within the community.
Malta generates one of the highest volumes of municipal waste per capita when compared to other EU countries.
The mandatory separation of waste was only introduced at the end of 2018 and it remains the country with the lowest rate of recycling across the bloc.
Do you think the present system should be scrapped?