Bring-In sites were introduced to Malta by WasteServ in 2002 to enable the public to deposit clean, source-segregated recyclable materials. This was one of the first steps taken towards more sustainable waste management in Malta.
Bring-in Sites consist of four containers:
- blue for plastic
- white for paper
- brown for glass
- black for metal
Recyclable materials from these bring-in sites are collected separately and taken to the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) at the Sant' Antnin Waste Treatment Plant. Here they are further mechanically and manually sorted, packed in large bales and then sold on a monthly basis to the highest bidder, to be exported for further treatment mainly in European & Asian countries.
Around 400 Bring-In sites were purchased back in 2002 thanks to European Structural Funding. Although Bring-In sites were initially managed by WasteServ, the company eventually handed over the responsibility of waste collection and maintenance to Local Councils. Local Councils must now enrol with a private scheme to continue giving the service to their residents.
For details of your nearest Bring In Site, please contact your local council.
Watch these two videos to learn more about what recyclable materials can be placed in Bring-In Site bins (in Maltese):