Start date: 21 January 2019
Closing date: 4 February 2019
Title of the public consultation: Intent & Objectives: Single-Use Plastic Products Strategy for Malta, 2019-2025 – Re-think Plastic
Ministry: Ministry for Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change
Entity: Environment & Resources Authority
1. Background

In terms of Article 51 of the Environment Protection Act (Cap. 549), it is duly notified that the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA), in collaboration with the Ministry for Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change is preparing a national strategy for the reduction of single-use plastic items in the Maltese Islands. This document shall be entitled “Single-use plastic products Strategy for Malta, 2019-2025 – Re-think plastic”. The Strategy shall be in line with the European Union Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy. The aim of the strategy will be to ensure the protection of the environment and human health from plastic pollution.

Items, that are entirely or partially made of plastics, that are used once and then are disposed of, are commonly used in everyday life. Such items constitute an important element of our economy. On the other hand, such items have low rates of reuse, recovery and recycling when compared with other recyclables such as paper, metals and glass. The majority of plastic waste is generally either sent to the landfill or incinerated. Yet, a significant amount of items made from plastic may end up as litter in the marine or terrestrial environment.

The objectives of this Strategy are to:

  1. Reduce consumption of single-use plastic (SUP) products; and
  2. Increase the quality and quantities of Single-Use Plastic waste collected for recycling.
2. Consultation

The public is invited to submit any feedback or comments on the intent and objectives of this strategy.

3. Submission of feedback:

 E-mail: [email protected]

4. Further notes

The proposed Strategy will be available for public consultation in due course at the following web link.

For further information contact ERA on [email protected] or on 2292 3500 Please be informed that comments submitted, together with the identity of the contributor, may be published online at the end of the public consultation, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data. In this case, the contribution may be published in anonymous form.