Sort it Out
Sort It Out

Sort It Out

The launch of organic waste collection across Malta and Gozo on the 31st October 2018 was welcomed by the community and is leaving positive results with almost 32,000 tonnes of organic waste collected since until the end of 2019. This initiative is therefore achieving its aim of a behavioural change in the Maltese community, resulting in household waste being separated correctly at source. 


The benefits of separately collected organic waste are numerous. Besides the obvious advantage of sending less waste to our landfills and thus also a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, its processing will result in the production of clean energy which can be used to make our energy mix even greener. 


The separation of organic waste is, however, just one part of the story.


The Waste Separation Process

Waste separation is simple to implement and will make the recycling process a lot easier.


To make it more convenient for households to separate their waste, besides the already distributed container for organic waste, four additional bins are being distributed for FREE.


The bins can be collected from:

  • Visitor Centre in Sant’ Antnin Family Park, Marsaskala and Tal-Kus Facility, Xewkija Gozo. Monday to Friday 7:30am till 3:00pm or;
  • The Roadshow Truck by registering through this form or;
  • by calling on our Freephone on 8007 2200.  

Documents to be presented:  ID Card for 1st residence, utility bill for second residence, agreement for rented accommodation.


The four bins feature lids which are coloured differently to indicate different types of waste. 


  • Black -> for mixed waste 
  • White -> for sanitary waste, pet litter waste and nappies 
  • Brown -> for glass (only)
  • Green -> for mixed recyclables 


By separating all your waste at source, you will be making a further positive contribution to the environment. Your waste will go to the correct place and will be disposed sustainably. It’s an effort that pays everyone and goes a long way in making the waste management process easier and less detrimental to the environment. 


Waste separation hardly takes any extra time, rather it’s a matter of understanding what goes where and encouraging more responsible civic behaviour. 


Proper separation of waste further paves the way to a “circular economy” whereby creating green jobs, reducing consumption of virgin resources and promoting investments and innovations in the community. 


What waste goes in which bin?

This table details what waste should be deposited in what bin. 


Organic Waste

Mixed Waste


Mixed Recyclables

Sanitary Waste

Bin:    Green small

Bin lid colour: Black

Bin lid colour: Brown

Bin lid colour: Green

Bin lid colour: White & complete with filter

Bag:   White

Bag:   Black

Bag: Carton Box

Bag: Green or Grey bag

Bag: Black




Cooked food


Cooked or raw meat

Dairy products

Egg and egg shells

Expired food (without packaging)



Fruit & vegetable peels

Fruit & vegetable seeds


Icing sugar



Raw food

Rotten fruit & vegetables

Soiled newspapers

Soiled napkins


Tea bags

Tea leaves

Spreads (eg honey and butter)

Nut shells

Seafood shells

Adhesive tape

Soiled aluminium foil

Baking paper

Broken ceramics / pyrex

Dirty food wrappers

Cellophane tape

Dirty-take away boxes

Foil coated packets





Plant pots

Used sponges

Sanitary items


Hair (human & animal)

Small broken mirrors


Toothpaste tubes

Used cleaning materials

Used rubber gloves

Used floor cloths


Wax paper

Wet wipes

Cigarette butts & ashes



Crisp / snack packets


Ice lolly sticks and wooden skewers


Glass bottles

Glass jars


Carton food boxes (clean)

Clean aluminium trays & foil

Clean plastic bags

Clean take-away boxes

Cooking oil bottles

Cosmetic containers (clean)

Detergent bottles (empty container)

Detergent boxes

Food cans

Jar lids

Juice cartons

Liquid soap container  (ampty) Magazines

Plastic bottles

Margarine tubs (clean)

Metal caps

Drink cans

Milk cartons




Paper bags (clean)

Plastic bags (clean)

Plastic caps

Plastic containers

Plastic food packets

Plastic bottles

Shampoo container (empty  )

Shower gel container (empty )

Spray cans (empty)

Toilet paper rolls

Toiletries (clean containers)

Yoghurt containers (clean)

Sanitary items

Animal waste and pet litter




To view the collection schedule for your locality please click here 



Why should waste be separated at source?

The separation of waste at source within households makes its processing at a later stage easier, more efficient and provides recyclable material of a better quality. This has a positive knock on effect on our environment by further reducing the amount of waste which is sent to landfill, and also contributing to the development of the ‘circular economy’ through which waste can be turned into an economic resource.


How is Wasteserv helping the public to separate waste?

Following the launch of a nationwide organic waste collection on the 31st of October, every household is now entitled to a set of stackable bins for the separation of other waste streams for free.


How many different bins are being provided?

Each set of stackable containers consists of four bins. . The four bins feature lids which are coloured differently to indicate different types of waste. 

The four colours are:

  • Black -> for mixed waste 
  • White -> for sanitary waste, pet litter waste and nappies 
  • Brown -> for glass 
  • Green -> for mixed recyclables 


How are the bins used and what materials should be placed in each bin?

The aim of the bins is to help one organise better waste separation at home. The stackable bins can be placed on each other to take less space. As per question above, the colour of their lid is indicative of what waste should be disposed in that particular bin.

A comprehensive list of items which are to be disposed in each bin is available here.


When do we have to take the sanitary bag out?

Since a black bag is to be used in the sanitary waste bin, same coloured bag used for mixed waste, this is to be taken out for collection on the day that the mixed waste bag is collected.


So why is there a separate bin for sanitary waste, pet litter waste and nappies when these items will also be included in the mixed waste (black bag) collection?

The white lid of the bin provided for sanitary waste, pet litter waste and nappies includes a filter specifically designed to minimise unpleasant smells. This will further help to ensure that the separation of waste at source by households does not create any inconvenience for the public. 


Do we have to take the bins outside?

No. Only the bag with waste from the bin is to be taken out for collection as per respective locality’s schedule.  It is important that bags are not placed on each other so as to keep all bags visible.


Are bags being given out with these bins?

No. People can continue using the same bags they used to use so far, preferably adhering to the colour guidelines provided above.


Isn’t the bin for recyclable waste too small?

We suggest that boxes (carton boxes or tetra packs) are flattened and plastic bottles are crushed to take less space.


Aren’t the bins too big for the bag?

The bins are of around 35ltr capacity, hence bags for this size are easily found on the market.


Can Wasteserv deliver the bins?

Bins have to be collected by a representative from each residence. Should one be unable to go personally, someone else can  collect it on their behalf  upon presentation of  the ID card of the resident and also the person collecting the bins.


Can I pick up my relative’s / neighbour’s bins?

Yes. A maximum of 10 sets can be collected by one person. Please also refer to the information in the answers above. 


Do we have to use these bins?

These bins are being provided to assist citizens with their waste separation at home. However people are free to separate their waste by adopting a system which best suits their needs.


Do we have to pay for these bins?

No. These bins are being provided for free.