€21,000 – a new record amount – was raised through GreenPak’s Nirricikla ghall-Istrina recycling initiative that saw a whopping 18 million plastic bottle caps collected throughout 2018.
The school that collected the largest amount of caps per student is the Gozo College San Lawrenz Primary School, which succeeded in collecting an average of 59kg of plastic caps per student.
132 schools and 62 local councils, as well as contributions from clubs, companies and other entities took part in this worthy campaign in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund’s annual Boxing Day charity event.
“This is the eighth edition of Nirricikla ghall-Istrina and we laud the contribution of all those who recognised the environmental importance of this campaign that comes with the added bonus of contributing to those most in need,” said GreenPak cooperative CEO Mario Schembri.
He added, “this year a record 55,300 kilogrammes of plastic bottle caps were retrieved, which would have otherwise ended up in the landfill causing untold damage to the environment – we are proud of every individual and organisation who contributed by doing something worthy for our environment.”
According to the North Sea Foundation, a Dutch NGO, plastic caps are among the top five most deadly ocean waste items because marine mammals, birds, and fish see the brightly coloured caps as food and choke on them.
Billions of plastic bottles and containers are sold each day and the bottle caps end up in the sea or washed up on beaches.
Photo: GreenPak representative Denise Brincat (third from left) together with this year’s winners – Gozo College San Lawrenz Primary school head and students.
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