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From Landfills to Green Spaces

From Landfills to Green Spaces


Through two projects carried out by WasteServ, two of Malta and Gozo’s landfills have been safely rehabilitated and restored to green areas and are now home to one of the most diverse ecosystems

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of Sliema and Valletta, then we have two recommendations for you; Wied Fulija in Żurrieq and Qortin in Xagħra, Gozo.

There is no way you’d guess that these two sites were once landfills, as they have since  been transformed into stretches of green landscape offering uninterrupted panoramic views.

Wied Fulija served as a landfill for 42 years until its closure in 1996. Following a landfill rehabilitation project with a €4.5 million investment that WasteServ completed last year, this area in Żurrieq is today flourishing and bursting with wildlife. Lined with shrubs and trees, this place has become highly sought-after as an area to get away from the rigours of daily life and enjoy a nice stroll with family and friends.

The two waste mounds that still contain around two billion kilogrammes of waste were recontoured at a safe angle, then covered with a subsoil and a topsoil, and revegetated. Around 43,000 trees and shrubs were planted as part of this extensive rehabilitation. A paved pathway, dotted with benches, was also created to allow access to the cliff’s edge.


Another landfill, this time on the island of Gozo, Qortin has also been transformed into an open space for families to enjoy. Nowadays completely unrecognisable, it offers a unique sense of remoteness as you make your way along the loop walking trail while savouring epic views of the Gozitan landscape.

Lying on a footprint of 50,000m2, Qortin was in operation as a landfill from 1968 until 2004. During this time, it received close to 600million kilogrammes of waste. Following the rehabilitation process whereby the landfill was sealed off by means of a subsoil and topsoil, and around 23,000 shrubs planted, this place was opened to the public earlier this year.


Besides being the perfect place to enjoy a nice walk or to simply sit and watch the sun go down, this is also a great place to visit with your pooch, as a dog park offering a stress-free environment is also available.

Owing to these projects, Wied Fulija and Qortin are today home to one of the most diverse ecosystems. And while these landfills had been an eyesore for so many years, they are today great outdoor spots that will allow you to get off the beaten track while discovering some of the most beautiful parts of the country.