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Malta’s Leading Environmental Consultancies Team Up for a Coastal Clean-up

Last Friday, staff from three leading Maltese environmental consultancy firms – Adi Associates, En-Sure Limited, and Ecoserv – joined forces to pick up litter around the Marfa coast.

The team spent the morning clearing the coastal area between the historic Wied Musa Battery (also known as Il-Palazz l-Ahmar) and the Cirkewwa Bay of accumulated waste. They collected a range of wastes – including fragments of polystyrene (jablo), masks, wet wipes, ceramic, rusted metal, wood, and recyclable materials including plastic and glass. The team also collected bulky waste such as tyres, plastic pipes, steel bars, as well as three asbestos cement pipes.

The team filled up a large skip, kindly made available by the Mellieħa Local Council, and the waste was removed for recycling or disposal by a licensed contractor.

Following the event, Rachel Xuereb, Director at En-Sure Ltd, said, “We chose this location after having carried out daily environmental monitoring during one of our projects, where we witnessed first-hand the environmental pressures experienced by this area. We are immensely proud to have directly improved our natural environment and given back to the community through this initiative.”

Professor Joseph A. Borg, Senior Scientific Consultant, who attended the event added “This coastal area is an important part of our ecological and coastal heritage. In particular, it is located adjacent to the Malta-Comino Channel, which supports dense and healthy beds of the important Posidonia oceanica (alka) seagrass habitat. It was a pleasure to join up with other environmental scientists – in this way the combined effort resulted in a bigger positive impact.”

If not managed properly, waste can harm the environment in various ways, with leaching of chemicals, generation of microplastics, and suffocation of wildlife being examples. Adrian Mallia, Managing Director at Adi Associates concluded by congratulating all staff on the joint effort, adding, “We encourage other companies and individuals to take similar initiatives to improve the Maltese environment.”

Published on 10th November 2021.

This event was also reported in The Sunday Times of Malta.

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