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Wasteserv hosts an International Conference on Sustainable Food and Bio Waste Management
Press Release On 5/31/2016 2:47:09 PM

Wasteserv hosts an International Conference on Sustainable Food and Bio Waste Management

 

 

Wasteserv in partnership with the international network ACR+ hosted an international conference on Sustainable Food and Bio Waste Management. The full day conference was well-attended by stakeholders from the waste sector in Malta and around Europe, the tourism and food industry, the educational sector, NGOs and local councils among others. Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, Hon José Herrera and EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella were also present.

The conference included sessions by a mix of local and foreign speakers, with themes ranging from areas of concern regarding food waste and its prevention to territory-specific case studies on challenges and solutions for food waste management. There were also a number of presentations on bio waste management best practices from around Europe and the Mediterranean region.

During his welcome speech, Wasteserv Chief Executive Officer, Tonio Montebello said “the issue of sustainable food has rightly gained global recognition in recent years, as the world struggles to keep up with the environmental pressures of food production, consumption and of course its management thereafter”. He continued to speak of the recently inaugurated ‘Malta North’ facility, which is an important step forward to treating waste in Malta. “This facility has the capacity to treat 66,000 tonnes of Municipal Solid Waste and, coupled with the operations of our smaller plant in the south of Malta, all household waste generated in Malta and Gozo will now be treated instead of being sent directly to landfill.”

The conference was also addressed by Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, Hon Jose Herrera who stated that last month MSDEC embarked on a three year long education and awareness campaign about waste management called ’Don’t Waste Waste’. This campaign accompanies the implementation of the Waste Management Plan for the Maltese Islands published in 2014.

Minister Herrera mentioned that another proposal which is being implemented from the Waste Management Plan is that of the introduction of a third collection – the organic waste collection. He explained that the pilot project at the moment covers 9 localities in Malta and to date around 1,000 tonnes of organic waste has been collected. Minister Herrera announced that work is currently underway to extend this pilot project to other localities.

During his address, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella congratulated the conference in helping to spread the word and generate more ideas on how to solve the problem of food waste. "Twenty percent of the food we produce in the EU is wasted. Eighty-eight million tonnes every year, worth 143 billion euros, simply goes to waste. The European Commission is working hard to help reduce this loss.”

 

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