Richard Bilocca

On Wednesday, WasteServ Malta stated that in last week’s grey and green bag collection, explosives were found dumped, endangering the lives of WasteServ employees and leading to the disposal of 140 tonnes of recyclable waste.

“It is difficult to find words harsh enough to condemn the disposal of explosive materials with the recyclables collection,” WasteServ Malta CEO Richard Bilocca said.

In a LinkedIn post, Mr Bilocca expressed his disappointment and further stated that this was not just an issue of “total lack of respect towards workers, but recklessness on a criminal scale.”

WasteServ had to call in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit of the Armed Forces of Malta to assist it in safely removing and neutralising the hazardous materials. In turn, as a precautionary measure, and in light of the danger posed by the discovered material, a total of 140 tonnes of good recyclable material had to be quarantined and eventually disposed of in the landfill.

In addition, WasteServ explained that this incident could have had more serious consequences, “especially considering the presence of highly flammable materials such as paper, plastic and cardboard.”

Mr Bilocca reminded that hazardous waste such as flares, batteries, electronic equipment and other explosive materials must never make it to the refuse collection.

WasteServ also highly condemned “this gross negligence” and appealed to the public to be responsible. “Situations such as these not only put employees’ lives at risk but posed a serious threat to its operations and new infrastructure.

It also appealed to the public and reminded citizens that such materials can be safely disposed of at one of WasteServ’s Civic Amenity Sites.

“As WasteServ, we are working tirelessly towards meeting the country’s recycling targets. However, we want to emphasise that our success is highly dependent on the cooperation of the public. Above all else, our company prioritises the safety of its employees and its infrastructure,” WasteServ concluded.

Related

Travel / Unsplash

‘At the mercy of the airlines’: Strikes and cancelled flights posing challenges to local travel agents

14 July 2024
by Fabrizio Tabone

Despite these challenges, Malta’s travel agents tell MaltaCEOs.mt that their outlook for this summer remains positive.

Dear CEO: MFSA notes financial entities ‘still have room for improvement’ to comply with EMIR REFIT

13 July 2024
by Anthea Cachia

Chief Officer Supervision Christopher P. Buttigieg highlights the need for an ongoing effort from all stakeholders.

GVZH Advocates announces three senior leadership changes

12 July 2024
by Fabrizio Tabone

The appointments include Ann Bugeja as the firm’s first female Partner.

WhatsApp is the most popular messaging and voice call platform for local businesses, MCA survey finds

12 July 2024
by Anthea Cachia

52 per cent of businesses surveyed use WhatsApp for voice communication.

Close Bitnami banner
Bitnami