Irriċikla għall-Istrina

St Benedict College Ħal Għaxaq Primary school is an active participant in the Irriċikla għall-Istrina project initated by GreenPak COOP.

The GreenPak COOP’s Irriċkla għall-Istrina initiative aims at collecting funds for the annual charity campaign L-Istrina through gathering and recycling of plastic bottle caps.

The initiative was launched in 2011. Through the years GreenPak has further extended its scheme to 88 schools enabling households to actively contribute in this charitable cause.

Primary school students are encouraged to help local charities by collecting and depositing plastic bottle caps in recycling bags at their respective schools. Primary schools in Malta and Gozo are supplied with GreenPak’s recycling bags.

“In merging two socially beneficial activities, Irriċkla għall-Istrina aims to instil among the young generation the importance of contributing to a charitable cause and, in turn, helping to create a more caring and environmentally friendly future,” states Denise Brincat, GreenPak Senior Manager. “The more plastic bottle caps students collect in schools, the bigger will be their school’s donation towards l-Istrina.”

GreenPak’s educators, along with GreenPak’s mascot, Green Gary, tour schools to explain the scope and benefits of Irriċkla għall-Istrina initiative. All students are encouraged to appreciate the importance of recycling, and at the same time help raise funds for l-Istrina.

As one of Malta’s major charity events, l-Istrina is organised by the Malta Community Chest Fund and involves the airing of a 12-hour TV marathon on the 26th of December, annually.

For more information regarding Irriċkla għall-Istrina and a list of all the schools that are registered with GreenPak in this initiative, kindly contact GreenPak Coop Society on tel: 2166 0233, via email:, or by visiting

Click photos below for the results of the GreenPak Irriċikla Għall-Istrina Awards held during the past years:


Irriċikla għall-Istrina 2011

Irriċikla għall-Istrina 2011


L-istrina 2012

GreenPak’s Irriċikla Għall-Istrina 2012


€12,000 cheque from the 4,464,500 plastic caps for Irriċikla għall-Istrina 2013

€12,000 cheque from the 4,464,500 plastic caps for Irriċikla għall-Istrina 2013


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