GreenPak hosts its first Local Council 2013 Awards
In a bid to recognise the recognise the local councils that have striven most to improve their green credentials, the GreenPak Cooperative Society hosted this year’s first GreenPak Awards for Local Councils.
The awards were divided into five categories with three local councils nominated in each category as finalists.
The ‘Best Overall Recycling Performance’ award was won by the Pembroke Local Council with a 54% waste recovery rate, while the Gżira Local Council won the ‘Most Supportive towards Recycling’ award.
The awards ‘Best Door to Door Recycling Performance’ and ‘Most Committed to Recycling’ were adjudicated to the localities of Attard and Fgura respectively. The Gudja Local Council was awarded the ‘Best Improvement in Recycling’ award with a staggering 96% improvement in recycling terms.
The award ceremony was attended by more than 100 local council mayors and councillors. Both the Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change Leo Brincat as well as Parliamentary Secretary for Culture and Local Government José Herrera congratulated the Local Councils and encouraged them to keep improving on these results in order to reach Malta’s targets of recycling 58% of generated waste.
GreenPak Coop Society CEO Mario Schembri said: “The GreenPak Local Council Awards are an appreciation for all the recycling performances carried out in the respective localities. Now that the thresholds have been set, it would be desirable to achieve these targets and further increase the recycling performance at local level.”
“Besides the trophies and certification, GreenPak is giving out a prize of €1,000 to each Local Council winning one of the five awards. These funds will be used to support an environmental project through which the locality and its residents will directly benefit,” added Ing. Schembri.
GreenPak, a MEPA authorised scheme, is the largest waste recovery scheme in Malta, with over 1,300 companies, who have entrusted GreenPak with the waste management responsibilities. The organisation is also very active internationally when earlier this year it helped set up EXPRA, the not-for-profit international organisation promoting the concept that it is the industry itself that should take up recycling and not place the burden on Government or Local Authorities. GreenPak has for the past decade also been one of 35 national producer responsibility systems operating under the PRO Europe umbrella.