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Dirty and Stinky

submitted by St. Margaret College Boys Secondary Verdala : Enrico Degiorgio, Giosue Agius  for 11-14
dissemination(s): newspaper, school media
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Dirty and stinky! So we call this rubbish dump field along ‘Mulett’ Street in the locality of Xghajra. Interviewing people living in the vicinity, I was told that sometimes the nasty smell coming from this field is indescribable. As this field is close to Xghajra Bay, many people refuse swimming in the nearby due to such nasty smells. Most of the solid waste accumulated in this field contains toxic chemicals affecting the public health and the local environment. Accumulation of wastes due to its improper disposal is a major problem in this locality and if not cleared at the earliest, they invite lots of problems. We risk an increase in numbers of insect vectors like flies and mosquitoes and more stray dogs and rats spreading diseases. It also generates bad odour and now in collaboration with the Xghajra Local council a scout team will help in the clean up campaign.



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Rolling Stones

submitted by St. Joseph Schol Sliema : Diana Gauci, Michaela Abela  for 11-14
dissemination(s): school media
filed under Photos

Following the explosion in the number of new buildings, less attention is being given to the old ones. Many of these seem to have been forgotten and their maintenance ignored. Such buildings can create a hazard for the people passing by. In the area around St. Paul’s Bay we were surprised to find many old, abandoned buildings that are falling down or that are not in a good, acceptable state. Pieces of stone from balconies were found on the pavement and in some cases it wasn’t safe to pass underneath the balconies. People actually had to cross to the other side of the road to be safe!! Owners of such places should have the legal obligation to keep their properties up to health and safety standards.



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Obstructed Valley

submitted by St. Margaret College Boys Secondary Verdala : Gianluca Caruana, Matthew Farrugia  for 11-14
dissemination(s): newspaper, school media
filed under Photos

Tracking along ‘Wied Għammieq’ valley, limits of Kalkara one immediately notices lots of dump solid waste polluting the area and obstructing the valley flow. Most of the excess rain water which pours down through this valley leads to the nearby sea. However, apart from polluting the valley, the thrown scattered dump and solid waste dissolves in the flowing rain water contaminating the area. This will surely lead to further damage on the various local growing and living flora and fauna of the valley. People tracking along the valley are also at risk as there is lots of broken glass along the whole valley. Also solid waste like washing machines, dishwashers, even shampoo dumped in the valley can all contain phosphorous that dissolve in water and goes down into the nearby sea affecting the local marine ecosystem. On contacting the Local Council, I recommended more vigilance, law-enforcement and regular clean ups.



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Il-Qerda ta’ Wied Blandun

submitted by St Michael School St Venera : Andreas Lanzon, Jethro Schembri, Neil Abner Camilleri  for 11-14
dissemination(s): school media
filed under Photos

Dan ir-ritratt juri l-qagħda li jinsab fiha Wied Blandun. Hawnhekk naraw kif dan il-post hekk sabiħ qed iservi ta’ post fejn in-nies jgħarmu l-iskart tagħhom. Dan il-wied jinstab bejn il-Fgura u Għajn Dwieli. Dan huwa wieħed mill-isbah widien naturali f’Malta fejn wieħed jista jirrilassa fis-sbuħija tan-natura, iżda dan qiegħdin nitilfuh minħabba li mhux qed nieħdu ħsiebu. Sabiex insebħu dan il-wied għandna; inwaħħlu cameras biex min jinqabad jeħel multa, ikun hemm għaqdiet volontarji li jnaddfu dan il-wied regolarment u jkomplu jitħawlu iktar siġar biex inkomplu nsebħu dan il-post. Finalment, irridu naraw li dawn l-affarijiet isiru u ma jaqawx fuq widnejn torox !



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Open air bathroom for free…

submitted by Gozo College Girls Secondary School : Nicole Micallef  for 11-14
dissemination(s): school website url:http://ads.skola.edu.mt/news/2013 2014/24FEB/Openairbathroom.html etwinning url:http://new twinspace.etwinning.net/c/portal/layout?p_l_id=30135526&p_p_id=33&p_p_lifecycle=0&, school magazine, school media, website
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Want to have a bath with a view?!! ….. Easy, follow the main road to Marsalforn from Victoria and there you are. You can even have company. Two bath tubs, one inside the other, in the valley, on the right hand side of the road. To compliment, two car batteries, perhaps to have some light? What’s going on? Aren’t people aware of the Civic Amenity Sites or free pickup from our homes? Was it easier and closer to dump here? Why are people not proud enough of the countryside? Shouldn’t harsh penalties be enforced? Lot of money, taxes we pay, are being spent to clean up such dumping. Costs increase and damage done gets worse with time. Attention: a countryside full of relics will not be nice to walk through. Let’s all put in our efforts to, educate, report, and give a hand where necessary to stop dumping and littering.



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