Kirkop and Siggiewi quarries to
receive construction waste
- decision on engineered landfill site next week
Trucks laden with construction waste will no longer make the trip to
Maghtab. As of yesterday, construction waste started to be dumped in
two disused quarries in Kirkop and Siggiewi.
The Kirkop quarry is situated at Tal-Mejda in Valletta Road close to
the airport runway, while the Siggiewi quarry is known as Tal-Bellula
and is situated close to Ghar Lapsi.
Construction waste forms the bulk of all waste dumped at Maghtab and
the re-direction of this waste to disused quarries will ensure the dumpsite
on the Bahar ic-Caghaq coast road will not get much bigger before the
scheduled closure in May next year.
It was only yesterday that Minister for Resources and Infrastructure
Ninu Zammit published the names of the sites identified for construction
waste dumping. During the press conference Zammit added that applications
for the use of other quarries for construction waste dumping were made
and permits will be issued shortly.
Meanwhile, the Minister also announced that the site for the new engineered
landfill to replace Maghtab and Qortin will be made public next week.
Zammit said the two sites studied by experts were those at Ghallis and
The five-year contract for the management of construction waste was
awarded to Polidano Brothers and German company Staedterinigung West
Nolting (SWR Co.).
The tariff on dumping remaining unchanged at Lm1.18 for every tonne
and it remains governments prerogative.
Although being very bulky in nature, construction waste is the least
environmentally hazardous of waste streams. Dumping the waste in disused
quarries would help in the future rehabilitation of quarries.
Zammit said that in March and April this year 60,000 tonnes of building
waste were deposited in the government-owned quarry in Ta Kandja.
The site, formerly a scrap yard, is scheduled to be transformed into
land for agricultural use.
WasteServ Malta Ltd., a government company, is responsible for the management
and supervision of the facilities and sites that handle waste.
Minister Zammit said that measures were being taken to prevent waste
such as oil sludge, tyres and chemical solvents from making it to the
Maghtab dump. Government is working on a number of arrangements such
as the shredding of tyres for storage and eventual exportation and the
storage of chemicals.