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PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND PLANNING The government achieves support of European Commission for collaboration in best practices on waste management

Reference Number: PR200316, Press Release Issue Date: Feb 26, 2020
The government achieves support of European Commission for collaboration in best practices on waste management

The government achieves support of European Commission for collaboration in best practices on waste management​

​The Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning Aaron Farrugia held his first meetings in Brussels on pressing environmental issues, waste, and the European Green Deal, which included a meeting with the European Commissioner for Environment, Virginijus Sinkevičius. 
 
As a result, the government will be receiving support from the Commission services in the identification and implementation of best practices, particularly through the TAIEX-EIR PEER 2 PEER programme, which will help Malta move closer to its waste targets.
 
During a meeting with the Commissioner, the Minister discussed the government’s plan for waste management, which will be finalised by the end of the year and carry the country until year 2030.
 
The Minister said that the government is well aware that the clock is ticking on achieving the 2020 waste targets, but that the case needs to be contextualised. “Our waste management is challenged by significant structural and economical aspects. We have in the pipeline the development of different infrastructures which will effectively contribute in turning waste into a resource. The waste-to-energy facility will accelerate such processes. We are developing a multi-materials processing facility aimed at improving the recyclability of different waste streams and increasing their value, as well as a mechanical biological treatment facility to treat organic waste,” he said. 
 
The discussion also touched upon the Commission’s vision on a number of topics, including the circular economy, oceans, and biodiversity.