Waste

National Winning Photo 3rd – Beauty and the Beast

submitted by Miriana Ferrito St Francis Secondary School Sliema for Waste
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This picture shows the beast – an abandoned cement mixer, alongside the pure beauty of Mother Nature. Notice how the green meadow with the lovely red flowers is ruined with the rusty deteriorated metal mixer simply as a result of the selfishness of a few people. This is so irresponsible! There is a hazard to people with young kids who come here for a breath of fresh air and to enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of Mother Nature. Let us all act responsibly, take action by informing our local councils of such eyesores and inform people of the bulky refuse collection that is done free of charge by our local councils. Besides, there are the civic amenity sites that will also offer help as required, so that we dispose of all our recyclable rubbish no matter its size!



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Photo Special Prize – Ħela u Ħsara

submitted by Alison Schembri St Benedict College Tarxien Girls' Secondary for Waste
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Minn żmien għal żmien, fid-djar tagħna nirċievu bosta magażines u karti b’ messaġġi promozzjonali. Ħafna kumpaniji jużaw dan il-mezz ta' komunikazzjoni bil-għan li jżidu l-bejgħ jew jesponu xi ogetti ġodda fis-suq. Tgħid il-bejjiegħ u l-konsumaturi huma konxji ta’ kemm dan huwa ta’ qerda fuq l-ambjent? Bil-ħajja mgħaġġla tal-lum, naħseb li ftit huma dawk li jaqraw jew jiftħu dak li jkunu rċivew. Nemmen li ħafna jarmuhom, mingħajr ma biss ikunu fetħuhom. Din hija ħela ta' karti u wkoll qerda fuq is-siġar – sors importanti li jnadfu l-arja mniġġsa tagħna. Anke jekk ammont konsiderevoli minn dawn il-karti jiġu rriċiklati, il-ħsara tkun saret xorta waħda għax ir-riċiklaġġ minnu nnifsu jsarraf f’enerġija. Li kieku nevitaw il-Ħela u l-Ħsara, il-generazzjoni futura tkun tista’ tgawdi minn ambjent ahjar bhal ma forsi ġa gawdejna aħna!



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No Green, No Clean

submitted for Waste
filed under Articles

What is waste? Waste production in the Maltese Islands is a major problem and therefore several actions are being taken in order to act sustainable for the future generations. How can waste be conserved? What are its effects on the environment? Are we acting sustainable?



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Plants do not want to learn the computer…

submitted for Waste
filed under Photos

My friend and I took this photo when we were at Delimara. It is really the limit that we want plants to learn to use the computer! As the flowers cannot be bothered with learning the ECDL this computer will go to waste. Then as waste this computer will harm the natural environment. Without this computer the scenery full of flowers would improve. To save the plants from computer fanatics, persons can be employed to keep watch in these areas. If they catch anyone not respecting the plants they will get a fine. The local council will put signs that the plants do not want to learn the computer and if anyone is caught trying to force the plants against their will they will have to face the consequences. Action has to be taken so that our countryside maintains its natural identity. Leave them plants alone!



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Wastewater

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Any amount of water which has been used by human beings and then discarded is known as wastewater. It includes liquid wastes originating from domestic, commercial enterprises, industry and agriculture. These wastes contain a very wide range of contaminating agents in various concentrations. It is the waste from towns and villages made up by mixing used water with contamination arising from different sources. Sewage is usually contaminated with human discharges but also it includes waste products disposed off to the sewers, coming from industrial and commercial liquid waste products. Such wastes reach the sewers through pipes, channels and similar structure. Wastewater or sewage originates from a large number of sources but these can be broadly divided into five categories namely domestic, commercial, industrial, agricultural and natural.



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Health Hazard

submitted for Waste
filed under Photos

On your way down to a secluded beach located near Golden Bay, one would expect to find a scenic view in a quiet beach. This beach is quite rich in biodiversity and it seems to have very little human intervention accept for a concrete staircase; there is also an obvious presence of Blue Clay which forms a hill on top of which picturesque panoramas may be observed. This location seems perfect yet there on the way down to the beach are two rusty garbage bins which lie near the stairs, they are an eyesore to all who visit the site not to mention a health hazard, especially to young children who may cut themselves on the jagged, rusty edges of the metal bins. These bins are undoubtedly full of waste and are highly unhygienic.



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Dangerous Fly Ash

submitted for Waste
filed under Photos

Recently, we have been hearing about the disastrous effects of nuclear power stations. But have we ever wondered that radiation which is much worse than that emitted by nuclear power station may be closer to home! All countries which have at one time or another used coal for their power stations have a deposit of fly ash. This fly ash produces radio active waste which is very hazardous because it has a high concentration of uranium and thorium. Although fly ash is often deposited in remote areas, it is often close to farms especially in densely populated countries like Malta. Locally, there is a four storey fly ash waste dump site at Benghajsa. Besides affecting people and being a great eyesore, the radio active waste is leached into the soil and aquifer and also into the nearby sea destroying biodiversity. Is there no better solution for these dumping sites?



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Air Pollution … Meet the Expert!

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The debate on air pollution in Malta has been going on for some time now on talk shows, newspapers, etc… Everyone is giving his own opinion on the topic. But what are the facts? To find out, we interviewed Professor Alfred J. Vella, an expert from the University of Malta.



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Il-Ġebla fuq Saqajna

submitted for Waste
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Minħabba li qed ngħixu f’soċjeta` konsumerista ta’ kuljum aħna l-Maltin nikkunsmaw ammont kbir ta’ prodotti u servizzi. Dan bla dubju jħalli warajh ħafna skart. Il-poplu Malti huwa magħruf bħala poplu bieżel u li dejjem inaddaf daru. Minkejja dan, sfortunatament, xena bħal din t’ hawn fuq spiss narawha komuni madwar il-bliet u l-irħula Maltin. Agħar minn hekk, ħafna Maltin għadhom mhumiex konxji dwar l-importanza li l-iskart li narmu ikun isseparat biex imbagħad wara, jiġi rriċiklat f’ riżorsi oħra. Prattika bħal din tar-ritratt hija bla dubju tifsira ta’ kif u għaliex ħafna kimiċi u tossiċi ħżiena qed ikunu b’ mod inviżibbli ta’ kumpanija magħna. Konxji li qed nitfgħu il-ġebla fuq saqajna?



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Littered beaches

submitted for Waste
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Have you ever wondered what careless dumping can do? …..This is a local beach that is full of plastic rubbish that has been transferred to this otherwise beautiful spot by sea current. This plastic debris, most likely was carelessly dumped into the sea by boat owners. Any sea creatures can mistake this plastic litter with their food. But are just boat owners that are littering our sea? Tourists visiting our islands, coming across such a littered beach will retain a bad impression. A clean-up operation is urgently called for by responsible authorities before the tourists season starts in earnest. The authorities should also post signs to keep the beaches clean, and organise a media campaign to educate the public on the harm of irresponsible plastic waste.



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