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Malta : GRTU SCHEME joined by 55% of waste producers.

Nearly 375 producers/ importers have chosen to join the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Scheme operated through WEEE (Malta) Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of the GRTU Malta Chamber of SMEs.

These producer members have announced a yearly average import of 6,600 tons, 55 per cent of the total weight imported to Malta.

WEEE Malta stated that on a national scale Malta is expected to need to collect at least 20 tons a day, spread over a five-day week. It requested the authorities involved to assure that all the relevant waste goes to authorised facilities and not to scrap metal facilities.

Although the issue of allowing permits for both a WEEE facility and a scrap metal facility was pointed out to government, nothing to date has been done about this issue. And in other EU countries cash transactions at scrap metal facilities are banned. Malta should follow suit and not try to re- invent the wheel, WEEE Malta further added.

In addition, the GRTU motivated other companies to sign up, pointing out that penalties are now in place.

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Date:Sep 21, 2015
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