Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia this morning announced that reverse-vending machines, 350 of them, will be placed all over Malta and Gozo in the coming 14 months. These machines will give back 10c for every plastic bottle returned, with the aim being for 85% of plastic bottles in Malta to be recycled.
Minister Farrugia was speaking at the signing of a licensing agreement between a consortium of producers, retailers, importers, and the Resource Recovery and Recycling Agency.
With an investment of €15m, Minister Farrugia that this scheme, will not only help Malta reach its recycling targets, but it will also create several new green jobs, even through the new plastic bottle recycling centre which is being built at Hal Far.
Moreover, the Minister said that the government intends to move forward with its plans to phase out single-use plastics, adding that from the 1st January, importation of various types of single-use plastics will be banned, with a ban on sales to come into force the year after.