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CF 119: Setting up of a Mechanical and Biological Treatment Plant in the North of Malta

Project Cost: €30,250,474
Beneficiary: WasteServ Malta Limited
Line Ministry: Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate change
Start Date: 2013
End Date: 2015

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

In general, the project seeks to increase the waste management capacity of Malta and thereby to improve the quality of life of Maltese citizens by reducing risks for human health and the environment and thus increase the overall attractiveness of the country.

Operational Programme: OPI Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life CF
Fund: Cohesion Fund
Operational Objective: To minimise landfilling of waste and to rehabilitate disused landfills, as well as, increase the capacity for waste treatment for energy recovery and recycling purposes;
Priority Axis: PA5 Safeguarding the Environment
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIPA5 Solid Waste

Project Objectives

The objectives of the Malta North Plant within Malta’s waste management system role is:
- to  process mixed municipal waste in a manner which reduces the landfilling of waste, especially of biodegradable waste;
- to provide for separation of bulky waste in a bid to increase recycling and reduce landfilling;
- to contribute to an overall improvement in waste management practices in the Maltese Islands.

Project Results

As a result of the setting up of the MBT plant in the Northern part of Malta, it is estimated that an average total of 73,359 tonnes of mixed waste together with 42,617  tonnes of bulky waste will be treated per annum thus contributing towards achieving 77.31% of the total amount of waste to be treated as targeted in Operational Programme I. This technology is expected to reduce landfilling to 58% of the original mass in the case of mixed waste with the remainder being transformed into mainly digestate for landfill covering, biogas and losses. Rejects from the MTP are considered under heavy fraction which is landfilled. Around one-fifth of bulky waste is extracted in the form of metals, and hence recycled rather than landfilled.

Project Purpose

The MBT plant has been designed in accordance with EU and national directives in order to meet its waste management targets.