Construction and Demolition Waste Strategy for Malta, 2021-2030 Managing Construction & Demolition Resources
Approval date: November 2021
Construction and demolition (C&D) waste has been identified as a priority waste stream due to the substantial amounts generated across the European Union. Data shows that the construction industry in Malta has experienced a considerable increase in activity over recent years. This is resulting in an increase in construction and demolition waste being generated. To date, there is a reliance to backfill waste resulting from such activities. Furthermore, there is a high potential for re-use and recycling of such waste, since several components within the waste stream have a high resource value.
In this context, the Construction and Demolition Waste Strategy for Malta, 2021-2030 – Managing Construction & Demolition Resources, aims to identify options for the management of waste arising from excavation, construction and demolition activities, by primarily addressing the current issues within the sector as well as highlight the possible short-term and long-term measures to be adopted, with a view to shifting the treatment of such waste from backfilling to the re-use and recycling.
This Strategy will contribute to Malta’s transition towards a more circular economy, and will help protect the environment and human health from waste-related pollution while reducing consumption of raw minerals, and increasing the quality and quantities of C&D waste re-used and recycled. This Strategy will also act as a framework intended to bring about a cultural and behavioural shift within the sector in terms of its attitude towards excavation, demolition and construction methods.
This policy has been approved in line with Article 51 of the Environment Protection Act (Cap. 549).