Friday 23 August 2019

MDA urges government to tackle construction waste problem

Once again, the Malta Developers Association (MDA) feels it must draw the attention of the authorities to the need for immediate action in relation to the serious problem of the lack of facilities for the disposal of construction waste.
Very little space is now available. This consists of some two unfilled quarries that have made the operators of these sites enjoy a captive market in which demand heavily exceeds supply. This situation has hit all contractors who cannot find a solution to the problem and face a steep rise in costs for waste disposal. Apart from the fact that this increase in costs will be reflected in an increase in building costs, the situation will soon lead to a serious scarcity of disposal sites.
Meanwhile, applicants for permits to use their property for construction waste disposal have been facing excessive bureaucratic procedures lasting many months to arrive at an acceptable solution to issues raised by the state authorities concerned.
Identifying an area of the sea where land reclamation is acceptable from an environmental point of view with the aim of utilising the available amounts of construction waste for this purpose has also become an urgent matter.
MDA calls on the government to redouble its efforts to ease this problem in one way or another.

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