Malta — reducing plastic use in public celebrations

ThThe Local Council Association in Malta has encouraged 39 of 68 local councils to stop using balloons and plastic confetti during fiestas throughout the Maltese Islands. Held between the last weekend in May and mid-September, each village holds an annual feast dedicated to its Patron Saint. Villages are decorated with lights and bunting, bands march through the streets and fireworks light up the skies.

Visitors are always welcome to join a fiesta, and it is a great way to get a real taste of local life. However, some of the leftover waste from these celebrations can have a negative environmental impact — especially plastic items that don’t decompose and can end up in the ocean. The new campaign will ensure that festivals don’t take an unnecessary environmental toll.

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