Importation of plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates, and cotton buds are now officially banned in Malta and Gozo.
GITH HQ were over the moon to read that Malta will stop the importation of single use plastic this January and ban their sales completely by january 2022.
It’s true. We are finally getting our act together as an island and have officially stated that single-use plastics will no longer be imported into the country, following a legal notice published on Wednesday 30th December. We are one step forward in the fight against plastic waste to protect our natural environments and marine wildlife. Plus, Malta is one of the first countries to do so in the European Union, according to Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia.
“It is high time that we give answers to our children who ask about all the litter on our beaches, who see photos of washed-up seagulls with stomachs full of plastic products, and injured turtles caught up in plastic bags. We will continue to work to decrease pollution, launch our climate change strategy, improve our health and that of our ecosystems, with tangible results,” he said and we could not agree more.
Now as much as this news is totally amazing, it should not stop us from doing our bit to keep Gozo clean and tidy. But hopefully, scenes like this will soon become a thing of the past. Hoorah!