Training Job Seekers to Assist in the Implementation of Waste Minimisation Concepts and Waste Separation at Source
The project is eco-innovative in preparing trainees to believe in resource management, adopt zero waste systems, and take a holistic approach from the drawing board to the end of the product’s life. These project takes an integrated approach to waste/resource management and assist socially disadvantaged groups to integrate back into society. Additionally, the project also takes a proactive approach in providing young school drop outs with an alternative opportunity. Furthermore, the trainees will be receiving academic training in resource management, which will assist for them to have a better chance of finding and staying in employment, instead of depending on social security.
The objective of these two projects was to provide training in household waste separation methods, techniques and practices to a number of job seekers. The training and temporary work opportunity provided enabled the participants to acquire new skills which improved their prospects for future employment. The task of the participants was to educate households and other interested entities about waste management issues such as waste minimization, the separate collection from households and the proper use of bring-in and civic amenity sites. The temporary integration of the participants in the labour market equipped then with the right skills to adapt to and be able to cope with changes in the economic environment. The employability of the participants was improved through the training, work experience and communication skills provided by means of this project.
Phase 2 of the project aims at enabling and encouraging environmental stewardship through the empowerment of its socially disadvantaged participants via adequate training and skills transfer. The target groups include amongst others young school drop-outs, victims of domestic abuse, ex-convicts, substance abusers and asylum seekers. The intent is to enhance the employability of the trainees within green jobs, thus linking also to targets related to the creation of a green economy. The training programme is based on a combination of both academic, workshops and on the job training.
Care Creates Change provides training in Resource (Waste) Management, preparing individuals to work in the environmental field. Care Creates Change takes a holistic approach and presents a new way of life to learn expected behaviours at the place of work, building strong values while shifting from consumerism and turning Waste to Resource. Care Creates Change is based on Zero Waste concepts and adopting this philosophy into everyday life, minimising the use of natural resources.
Setting up of the Resource (Waste) Management Training Centre
Analysis of recruitment needs for the waste management industry and identifying training needs
Job Analysis and Design of future Environmental / Resource Operators requirements
Preparing Trainees at Basic Level, having the right motivation to take care of the environment, together with academic skills
Workshops to design and manufacture useful and saleable recycled products, whilst developing the right cognitive and manual dexterity to become a Resource Management Operator
Intermediate Level – Trainees specialising in specific resource management sectors
On the job training – Setting the right attitudes and behaviours at the place of work, and put theory into practice.
Participants were provided with training in the following:
i) waste management
ii) communication skills
By the end of the first phase of the project over 53,000 households were visited by the door-to-door representatives.
Barriers and Drivers
Modern waste management practices require the householder to play an integral part in the source management of waste by minimising the amount of waste generated as well as to separate waste into its organic and recyclable fraction. Malta has always relied on a kerbside collection system of MSW with all waste being deposited in a single bag. In order to comply with EU legislation as well as to fortify resource efficiency WasteServ embarked on an intensive programme to provide infrastructure in the form of bring in sites as well as a differentiated kerbside collection system. The transition of human behaviour from an indiscriminate to a selective separation of waste mentality required education on a one to one basis as well as on a mass media basis. The integration of disadvantaged groups into providing this form of social responsibility is not an easy task and requires incentives, education and persuasion.
The cost of waste management infrastructure cannot be underestimated. Costs are directly related to the amount and type of waste generated. Whilst WasteServ has continued to manage waste treatment plants and landfills, waste management schemes have found fertile ground in implementing producer responsibility. For such schemes to be economically viable it is important for households to provide a source of separated waste that qualifies for the desired recovery of packaging materials targets. In this way waste management systems become more economical to manage whilst offering new niches for the private sector to participate in.
Disadvantaged groups need to be motivated into new experiences which contribute to their sense of achievement and lifelong learning. Malta relies extensively on its human capital and hence disadvantaged groups need to be valorised and propelled into modern day developments in the country's infrastructure. This will not only contribute towards the national waste management agenda but will also contribute to raising the self esteem and competencies of such disadvantaged groups who could find it easier to re-integrate themselves into the world of work.
Increased separation implies greater resource efficiency as well as lower amounts of waste being directed to landfill or treatment facilities. Separated organic waste can be exploited by digesting it and producing biogas which contributes towards Malta's renewable energy targets. Lower waste volumes diverted to landfills will also mean an extended life for such facilities particularly in the light of Malta's small size. Increased recovery volumes will also mean enhanced recycling of such materials and extended resource valorisation.