Wasteserv Malta - Construction Waste
Construction Waste

What is Construction Waste?

Construction waste is waste generated from the building and construction industry and includes material like bricks, concrete, tiles, debris, ceramics and more. Generally, this material is non-hazardous and does not undergo any significant physical, biological or chemical transformations.

 

Construction Waste & Rehabilitation of Quarries

Before July 2003, the average weight of mixed waste received annually at the old Maghtab Dump was about 1.6 million tonnes. The major fraction of this waste, 80% by weight, was inert waste generated from the Construction and Demolition industry.

 

 

In July 2003, clean inert waste was no longer accepted for disposal at uncontrolled landfills. From then on, WasteServ Malta Ltd started utilising privately owned facilities to provide a public service through contracts with the private sector. Presently, WasteServ is operating Quarry No HM33 at Ta' Belula, Lapsi L/O Siggiewi. The table below shows the amount of waste diverted from landfills to quarries operated by WasteServ between 2003 and 2011. Besides this facility, other private quarries also accept this waste fraction. For statistics please refer to the website of the National Statistics Office.

Amount of waste diverted from landfills to WasteServ-operated unused quarries:
 

Year Total Waste (Tonnes)
2003 761,883
2004 2,177,861
2005 1,185,174
2006 865,713
2007 981,789
2008 427,905
2009 88,046
2010 51,423
2011 53,322
2012 44,725 
2013 47,248 

 

Entities which require to use this facility are to register as clients and should ensure that their vehicles are registered with MEPA to carry this waste fraction. Further information about this procedure can be obtained by calling WasteServ on freephone number 8007 2200.
 

Alternatively, construction and demolition waste originating from households and in small quantities may be disposed of in one of our Civic Amenity sites free of charge.
 

After the quarries have been filled with the inert waste, a layer of soil is put on top making the area suitable for agricultural purposes.

 

 

The benefits of this practice

The disposal of uncontaminated construction material in unused quarries has proven to be pro-environment in many ways.
 

Since many of these quarries have their lower levels very close to the water table, by filling them up with similar material to that originally extracted the risk of contamination of the water table through other uses is reduced.
 

This practice is also beneficial because by rehabilitating unused quarries one is also reducing the visual pollution created by this abandoned activity as well as contributing to the sustainable land-use of our country.