Planning Authority removing illegally dumped waste at Ta’ Qali

Tons of illegally dumped construction material and abandoned structures started being removed early on Friday morning

The Planning Authority said it started to remove tons of illegally dumped waste from a site at Ta' Qali
The Planning Authority said it started to remove tons of illegally dumped waste from a site at Ta' Qali

Tons of illegally dumped construction material as well as several “abandoned structures” started being removed from a large site at Ta’ Qali on, the Planning Authority (PA) said.

In a statement, the PA said its Compliance and Enforcement Directorate began removing the material early in the morning, at a site measuring over 48,000 sq.m which is located adjacent to the Ta’ Qali National Park.

The PA said the area was frequented by many locals at the weekend.

The clean-up operation is expected to take a number of days, given the large quantity of material to be cleared.

“Truckloads of this dumped material will be removed and transported to a licensed landfill. Machinery used in the concrete industry and other scrap material is also being removed,” read the statement, with the PA adding that it would be ensuring that the site is rehabilitated.

Furthermore, it said that as a preliminary measure to prohibit further dumping in the area the PA had, towards the end of 2018, place concrete barriers to seal off the site, thus making it inaccesible for trucks to enter and dump waste.

Surveillance cameras have also been installed around the site for continual monitoring, the PA said.

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