Six tonnes of waste collected from Maltese coast

Maltese organisation Zibel are known for organising clean-ups across Malta’s shores.

They have managed to collect over 6.2 tonnes (that’s 6200 kilograms) of rubbish from all over Malta’s sea bed in the span of 3 months.

Just to put things into perspective, a bus weighs around 9 tonnes. Let that sink in.

“Some areas are in a dire state, so much so that in just two hours of cleaning up one small patch at a depth of five to eight metres, we commonly recover between 1.5 and 2.5 tonnes of waste! So it is evident that we have just begun to scratch the surface,” NGO’s treasurer and PR officer Bettina Macelli shares.

Since Zibel was created back in 2017, the organisation has managed to collect over 60 tonnes of waste in total.

And it’s not just plastic and the odd item here and there that they come across. They’ve picked up kitchen appliances, tricycles, deckchairs … they even once picked up a toilet still which was still in tact.

But collecting waste around Malta’s shores isn’t the only thing the Maltese NGO have been up to.

They also launched the first solar-powered seabin in Spinola Bay St Julian’s. That alone should collect around 500kg of plastic and debris each year.

A big well done to Zibel, and we can’t wait to see what you’re up to next!