The ROVS Scheme issued under the Environment Fund aims to incentivise the crushing of inert excavation waste and construction and demolition waste (CDW) prior to its recovery in void spaces by means of market-based mechanisms. By increasing the density of the backfilled material, the Scheme aims to maximise the void space available and the restoration of such void spaces with high environmental standards, without hindering the recycling of such material.
This Scheme is being targeted towards quarry operators and quarry owners who are either:
- Already permitted to backfill suitable inert waste from excavation and construction and demolition; or
- In the process or have the intention to apply for a permit to backfill suitable inert waste from excavation and Construction and Demolition.
In both cases, backfilling of material is restricted to crushed inert excavation and construction and demolition waste only.
Applicants considered eligible for funding under this Scheme, must be either:
- In possession of a development consent/clearance by the Planning Authority if and as may be required and an environmental permit by the Environment Resources Authority, to backfill inert excavation waste and/or CDW; or
- In the process of obtaining a development consent/clearance by the Planning Authority if and as may be required and an environmental permit by the Environment Resources Authority, to backfill inert excavation waste and/or CDW; or
- Intend to apply for a development consent/clearance by the Planning Authority if and as may be required and an environmental permit by the Environment Resources Authority, to backfill crushed inert excavation waste and/or CDW, within four (4) months from submission of application for funding and to acquire the required permits within one (1) year. Failure to adhere with these timelines will result in dismissal of the application.
Applicants will only be disbursed funds if the relevant permits are granted.
The overall budget for this Scheme shall be EUR 350,000, to be disbursed over a total duration of five (5) years, with a maximum disbursement of EUR 50,000 to each successfully selected applicant. The budget shall be disbursed to eligible applicants on a first-come-first-served basis according to the availability of funds.
The ROVS scheme shall remain open till 12:30pm of the 30th June 2023. The application form may be downloaded from this page or may be collected from ERA Offices, Hexagon House, Spencer Hill, Marsa from Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 12:30pm.(Please note that the ERA offices will be closed for business between the 23rd and the 31st December 2022.)
Interested applicants are to submit their application by:
- Leaving the complete application with ERA reception; or
- Sending the application by registered post to the following address: Environment & Resources Authority, Hexagon House, Spencer Hill, Marsa, MRS 1441, Malta; or
- Sending scanned application via email to the following address: [email protected], a physical copy of the application is still required to be submitted to the Authority.
ERA may close the Scheme before the announced deadline if the allocated budget is taken up earlier, or for any reason deemed legitimate by the Authority.
21 December 2022