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Up to €1,000 fines for Valletta residents who breach new littering rules

Under proposed changes, waste in Valletta will be collected between midnight and 3:00am, and between 3:00pm and 5:00pm every day

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Maria Pace
21 December 2017, 4:48pm
A pubic consultation on proposed changes in the Litter Act regarding waste management in Valletta has been launched.

Under proposed changes, waste will be collected between midnight and 3:00am, and between 3:00pm and 5:00pm every day, including Sundays and public holidays.

Residents and business owners will be obliged not to take out waste more than half an hour before proposed times.

Those caught taking out waste outside imposed time slots would be subjected to a €200 fine on first offence. This could be upped to €500 on second offence, and to €1,000 on third or any further offence. Those caught collecting waste from Valletta using unauthorised vehicles would be guilty of criminal offence and can be fined up to €2,000.

Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Protection and Valletta 2018 Deo Debattista launched the public consultation with residents and business owners in Valletta on proposed changes in the Litter Act regarding waste management in Valletta..

 "Valletta has experienced a social, cultural, and economic boom, and while this must be celebrated, we must also address its repercussions. One of these, is excessive generation of domestic and commercial waste in the city," the Parliamentary Secretary noted.

The consultation will end on 15 January.

“All this is being done to make way for more responsibility and discipline in this country. Everyone must understand his own role in the upkeep of a clean country,” Debattista said. “We started with Valletta not only because it is only days away from being crowned European Capital of Culture, and thus must look its best, but also because we wanted to overcome challenges brought about by one of the busiest localities in our country.”

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Maria Pace joined MaltaToday in 2017.