Located in the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Sicily, the Maltese archipelago basically consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. Total population of the Maltese Islands: 416,110. The distance between Malta and the nearest point in Sicily is 93 km. The distance from the nearest point on the North African mainland (Tunisia) is 288 km. Gibraltar is 1,826 km to the west and Alexandria is 1,510 km to the east. Area of the Maltese Islands: 316 km2 . This strategic position has allowed Malta to develop as an important trading post. The Malta Freeport is one of the Mediterranean’s leading ports for container transshipments. Throughout history, Malta’s location has given it great strategic importance, and a succession of powers including the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Knights of St.John, French and the British ruled the islands. Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 and became a republic in 1974, whilst retaining membership in the Commonwealth of Nations. Malta was admitted to the United Nations in 1964 and to the European Union in 2004. Malta is also party to the Schengen Agreement and in 2008 it became part of the Eurozone.

Legal basis

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Maltese Legal Notice 277 of 2006 states that organizations whose activities lead to the generation of packaging waste within the Maltese market have a legal obligation to recover this packaging. They voluntarily join the scheme by submitting a declaration of packaging put on the Maltese market, whether through local production or imports

Facts and figures

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Data 2012


Population 416,110
No. of local authorities

34 Local Councils out of a total of 68

50.82% inhabitants covered by system

No. of companies in system 1265 membres
Packaging introduced to the market 17,415.79 tons
Recovered waste

10,540.45 collected by scheme

58.39% recycled

60.52% recovered

Types of packaging Household and commercial


Packaging organisation/s in Malta: