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PR190934en

02/05/2019

PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR JUSTICE, CULTURE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR CONSUMER RIGHTS, PUBLIC CLEANSING AND SUPPORT FOR THE CAPITAL More than €250,000 investment for cleansing and maintenance for the upkeep of Vall

The Cleansing and Maintenance Division within the Secretariat for Consumer Rights, Public Cleansing and Support for the Capital City has invested in human resources, machinery and cleaning equipment to increase efficiency in cleaning and maintaining Valletta. When the Legal Notice 175/2018 came into force which regulates how, at what time and what type of vehicle must collect waste, the Cleansing and Maintenance division invested in three new low emission vehicles which cost over €200,000.

 

The extensive investments made include; pedestrian mechanical sweeper, water bowsers were equipped with modern devices which enabled the washing of streets and pavements at night, a specific machine which washes and cleanses the pavement was bought to increase the Division's cleaning efficiency. Moreover, an additional investment was made to purchase several waste containers, including a side container for recyclable waste and a number of ashtrays were also installed. All this for an investment of €50,000.

 

A number of workers have been specifically assigned to clean the streets of Valletta any time during the day, within all areas of the Capital. Several upkeep interventions were made including; repair and maintenance of street furniture, traffic bollards, paving repair, maintenance on fountains, cleaning rainwater drains and the replacement of decorative light bulbs. For this purpose, the Cleansing and Maintenance Division also recruited a number of technical workers, in order to have the best technical and professional services.

 

"The Cleansing and Maintenance Division has thoroughly invested in human resources, machinery and equipment for the cleaning of our Capital City, during the last two years," said Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici. "Numerous interventions are carried out continuously in Valletta, including general upkeep around the city. The Division also ensures to carry out cleansing works after each activity, including activities, which attract quite a number of people, so that the capital city swiftly returns to normal. All of this is being done for the benefit of our community," Bonnici continued.

 

Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Rights, Public Cleansing and Support for the Capital City Deo Debattista spoke about the importance of cleanliness and maintenance in our country. He said the Cleansing and Maintenance Division invested thousands of euros to make sure that the services provided are effective and efficient. Debattista added that it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to abide by the law. He urged the public to not be part of the few people that vandalize and abuse the environment. The costs incurred to clean and repair vandalism acts can be easily used in other areas for the benefit of all Maltese and Gozitans.

 

Director General responsible for the Cleansing and Maintenance Division Ramon Deguara explained how the Division is working extensively to control public cleanliness and maintenance in Malta. Deguara spoke on various investments made to improve the upkeep of Valletta.

 

Anyone who encounters the need to report illegal waste can make use of the Cleansing and Maintenance Division mobile app 'Clean and Upkeep' or the freephone 1718.