‘Waste not Want not’- Sustainable Waste Management in Malta


Tilak A. Ginige
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law,
School of Applied Sciences, Bournemouth University,
Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole,
Dorset, BH12 5BB, United Kingdom

Natalie Sparks
Independent Researcher,
School of Applied Sciences, Bournemouth University

Saviour Formosa
Institute of Criminology, University of Malta, Humanities A (Laws, Theology, Criminology), Msida MSD 2080, Malta


This paper aims to look at the implications of EU’s sustainable waste management policy as applied to the Maltese Islands. It will review the development of waste management in Malta, pre and post EU accession. It will bring the current analysis of the Waste Framework Directive 2008 in order to understand the implications to Malta.

When discussing waste management in the context of sustainable development, we are considering a system involving a process of change in which the core components, i.e. society, resource use, investment, technologies, institutions, and consumption patterns, need to operate in harmony with ecosystems.

Malta, whose efforts in waste management are reviewed in this paper, whilst serving as the locus for contribution to the waste management debate as early as 2005, has made great efforts in its strive to abide by the ‘Life Cycle Thinking’ approach highlighted in Municipal Waste Management Workshop it hosted together with the EC’s JRC in 2005. The outputs of that workshop showed that the modern aim of waste management plans is to lay the groundwork for sustainable waste management. However, drafting the strategy and implementing it in the field are two different realities, as depicted in this review.


Developing states, EC Waste Framework Directive 2008, Malta, Small Island, sustainable waste management, waste management plans.


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