Malta’s GreenPak Achieves Substantial Benefits for the Environment

GreenPak has experienced a significant increase in its membership base, with over 1,300 member companies contributing financially in the collection and recycling of packaging waste.

Between 2010 and 2014, GreenPak saved enough energy to power 1,000 offices for one year.

Other achievements include: recycled enough plastic to make 7.85 million fleece jackets; recycled enough cardboard to save 441,000 trees; recycled 14 million glass bottles; recycled enough metal to make 100,000 bicycles; recycled enough plastic to make 1.57 million carpets; and saved 400,000 cubic metres of space at Għallis landfill.

While GreenPak’s recycling efforts are yielding ever better results, the latest figures published by the EC’s statistics office Eurostat show that Malta is still among the lowest performing EU member states, with almost 44.7 per cent of packaging waste recovered or recycled.

This contrasts sharply when compared with the success rate of other countries such as Belgium, which recovered or recycled almost 96.9 per cent of its packaging waste, Austria (93.7 per cent) and Germany (97.4 per cent).

GreenPak’s CEO Mario Schembri said: “The initiatives run by GreenPak Coop have led Malta to increase recycling without the need of taxing consumers. There is still much more to be done to bring Malta at par with other countries.

“Fragmentation in such a small market is the next barrier that needs to be overcome if Malta is to achieve the same levels of recycling as other countries which are doing better than we are in this sector.”

As a founding member of the European Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (Expra), a not-for-profit international organisation promoting the concept that it is private industry itself that should take up recycling, GreenPak is advocating the concept of extended producer responsibility (EPR) within the Maltese business community as the way forward to a circular economy as proposed by the EU.

GreenPak is also socially committed through the financing of various initiatives, including continuous education and awareness about recycling at locality level, the distribution of free green recycling bags to encourage further recycling and its Nirriċikla għall-Istrina campaign, which has been extendedbeyond school participation.

For the fifth year, in collaboration with the Malta Community Chest Fund, companies and organisations are participating in this noble cause to instil in young children the values of re-use and recycling.

GreenPak is a scheme authorised and approved by Mepa for the collection of packaging waste in Malta. More information about the recycling scheme can be obtained by calling 2166 1081, visiting www.greenpak.com.mt or e-mailing info@greenpak.com.mt.

The statistics of the success achieved by GreenPak speak for themselves. Comparing the first four years (2006-2009) of GreenPak’s operation with the last four years (2010-2014):

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