The Zero Waste Future program completed successfully in Malta. This program onboarded 50 HoReCa businesses and collected over 57 tonnes of PMD. The Zero Waste Future Program runs in Malta for the third year in a row by the Cypriot NGO AKTI Project and Research Centre with the funding of The Coca-Cola Foundation and the support of our Company.
The project engaged coastal HoReCa businesses, citizens, local authorities and NGOs in Malta to take ownership of the efforts for sustainable development, to increase recycling and decrease land and marine litter, through a novel, engaging solution-oriented, awareness-raising and participatory process and to address the strategic topics of recycling and sustainable waste management within a Circular Economy in Malta. The Zero Waste Future program has been very successful in Malta for the past years: the activities have raised awareness among more than 5 million citizens through social and traditional media. Over 57 tonnes of Plastic, Metal & Drinks packaging (PMD) have been collected, and more than 1000 volunteers participated in the beach and seabed clean-up activities.
The results of this year’s “Zero Waste Future” (July 2022 – June 2023) are impressive! The waste characterisation study, which is happening for the first time in Malta, was expanded to cover all three cities of Cottonera, which covered 66 sampling points over 3 sampling sessions. The positive impact of BCRS on minimising the amount of residual waste was visible. 50 HoReCa members were enrolled in the Responsible Coastal Business Network and 17 tonnes of PET waste was collected and recycled in cooperation with Festivals Malta and the NGO Zibel. Additionally, more than 4 million citizens were reached. Sustainability is the only way forward.
Malta is on the road to becoming a sustainability champion!