The Energy and Water Agency joined the Ministry for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development in a clean-up campaign currently underway by Parks Malta.
Over 50 volunteers participated in the sea clean-up to mark World Nature Conservation Day. 30 of the volunteers included divers, kayakers, and snorkelers. The Energy and Water Agency participated in this initiative as part of its’ Corporate Social Responsibility programme to continue raising environmental consciousness amongst the public and promote a cleaner and safer environment.
Manuel Sapiano, CEO of the Energy and Water Agency stated the importance of EWA’s participation in the cleanup. He thanked all the entities that not only participated in the clean-up but assist the agency in carrying out research. Isla was the chosen site for the clean-up following an analysis of the seabed carried out by EWA. The analysis indicated that a substantial amount of waste had been disposed of illegally. Over 2.5 tonnes of waste was collected from the sea including tyres, vehicle parts, glass bottles, TV units, wood, metal, pipes, and household items such as chairs, gates, and a toilet.
The Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development, Miriam Dalli explained how Parks Malta has been organising various clean-ups across Malta. In fact, over 275 tonnes of waste has been collected from the clean-ups organised. Minister Dalli continued to add that “Through Parks Malta, we want to continue raising awareness on protecting our environment”.
Director-General of Parks Malta, Adrian Attard, stated that through this initiative and many others, Parks Malta will continue to raise awareness towards the conservation of the environment.”
The sea clean-up was organized in collaboration with the following entities:
Ministry for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development, Water Services Corporation, Isla Local Council, Wave Of Change Malta, ATLAM SubAqua Club, Din l-Art Helwa, No To Plastic Malta, Emergency Response Rescue Corps, Raniero's Adventures - Live Life, PAULUS The Shipwreck 60 AD, Melita TransGas and Watercolours Dive Centre.