WasteServ Malta - Organic

Organic Waste Collection…the start of a new chapter in Malta’s waste collection


What happens to organic waste once collected?

All organic waste collected is sent to Sant’ Antnin Waste Treatment Plant where sorting systems are in place. This waste is turned into liquid form and placed into tanks without oxygen. A bacterial process will then take effect, generating gas. This process takes roughly 30 days to complete. At the end of the process, this product is then dewatered leaving us with material similar to compost. The compost-like material is derived from both the black bags and white bags. Hence there is a level of contamination and this material cannot as yet be used as a soil improver. Currently the SAWTP is being upgraded to be able to treat organic waste on its own which will eventually produce a less contaminated material.  In the interim until such works are concluded, organic waste is being delivered to and treated at the Malta North Facility.


You can find the collection schedule here:  




How has Malta benefited?

The environmental benefits from a nationwide separation of organic waste for Malta are significant. The collected waste is used for the production of energy, delivering clean electricity back to residents. During 2019 more than 27,000 tons of organic waste was collected, this exceeding by far the projections based on the pilot project.  However, this can potentially go up to 70,000 tons of organic waste with participation from all residents disposing of organic waste in the white bag rather than the black bag.


Where can you dispose of this organic waste?

Free home kits were delivered to all localities. The kit consists of a ventilated bin and compostable bags that are to be used only for the organic waste.


How are the free home kits currently being collected?

To make it more convenient for households to separate their waste, besides the already distributed organic container, four additional bins are being distributed for FREE The bins can be collected from:


Visitor Centre in Sant’ Antnin Family Park, Marsaskala

Monday to Friday 8am till 3:30pm


Tal-Kus Facility, Xewkija - Gozo

Monday to Friday 8am till 5.30pm


You can also register your interest in getting these bins by enrolling through this form or by calling on our Freephone - 8007 2200.  

Documents to be presented:  ID Card for first residence, utility bill for second residence, agreement for rented accommodation.


What waste can be placed in the white organic collection bags?

The organic waste collections will include; all cooked and raw food including bones, fish and shellfish, bread and pasta, rotten fruit and vegetables, fruit and vegetable peels, tea bags and ground coffee, egg shells, napkins and soiled papers, leaves and flowers.

On the other hand, items such as cigarette stubs, nappies, food packaging, napkins used for sanitary purposes, foil, and branches should not be placed in the white bag.



Do Shops supply organic bags?

Yes a growing number of shops, including supermarkets, are selling these organic bags.  For the purposes of organic waste collection, any white bag is accepted although it is preferable if the white bags are bio compostable.


For further information, one can:


Call the Freephone number 8007 2200


Visit the official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wasteserv/


Email: info.ws@wasteservmalta.com