Environmental Education for the Unemployed and Households
Topic of the practice
Waste Prevention - training in waste management to a number of job seekers. These were then employed with WasteServ Malta for the duration of the project to disseminate education about waste minimization and separation methods amongst householders in Malta and Gozo
Good Practice Information
The objective of this project was to provide training in household waste minimisation and separation methods, techniques and practices to a number of job seekers. The training and temporary work opportunity 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 minimisation, the separate waste collection from households and proper use of bring-in and civic amenity sites. The temporary integration of the participants in the labour market equipped them with the right skills to adapt to and be able to cope with changes in the economic environment. The employability of the participants has been improved through the training, work experience and communication skills
provided by means of this project
1.Employ and provide training to job seekers who are interested to work as door-to-door representatives to disseminate one-to-one environmental education amongst householders.The door-to-door representatives receive periodic training during the duration of the project to keep up-to-date about the national waste management scenario;
2.Appointments with householders are confirmed beforehand via phone calls from the head office;
3.The training given to households focuses on the three Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle).
4. Evaluation sheets are completed by the door-to-door representatives during each house visit and are endorsed by the householders. The information within the evaluation sheets is inputted
into a database and any queries are followed up by the door-to-door representatives. These evaluation sheets are therefore also a means for data collection.
5. Organize monthly meetings with the door-to-door representatives to discuss common issues and to monitor the progress
Evidence of success
The project was quite successful as it was evident that people became more informed about waste management in Malta and public participation in waste separation improved considerably in a
relatively short time. Unfortunately, there was no method in place for measuring the positive effects of the project on waste minimisation hence data in this regard is not available.Besides for environmental benefits, this project provided training and temporary employment for job seekers.New jobs created and retained after the project represent a saving since the persons hired will no longer depend on unemployment benefits.Key factors of success:The door-to-door representatives should have very good communication skills for the message to be delivered across effectively.The door-to-door representatives should always be updated with the latest information in order to pass on the message correctly
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
WasteServ Malta Ltd.
Annex completed on: 04-11-2012