Local councils can now ask the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) for information related to holiday accommodation premises registered in their locality, and their owners, under a new agreement coming into force on 22nd September (today).

The agreement, which required a legal amendment, allows the MTA to provide information related to the ownership of holiday premises in a move meant to help local councils fight against unlawful waste disposal, an issue that has made headlines all throughout summer.

Local councils can use this information to implement measures to address the situation. These measures may include educational campaigns as well as enforcement together with the competent authorities, if the management of waste generated by holiday premises is found to be in breach of the law.

“The primary intention is to ensure that standards of cleanliness are respected in localities with holiday premises, and to respect the environment we live in,” read the press release, which was issued by the Ministry for National Heritage, Art and Local Government and the Ministry for Tourism.

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