The town of Sotira, in the Famagusta District, aims at reducing its waste production to zero, through the implementation of a series of programmes that will turn it into a “Green Municipality” by 2016.
Speaking to CNA, Sotira Mayor Georgios Takkas referred to the municipality`s cooperation with Green Dot Cyprus, the company that collects recycling material from door to door. He said the goal is “zero waste production”, in an effort to raise environmental awareness and reduce taxation for fellow citizens.
In particular, he said that the municipality introduced on May 1st a new waste collection system for recycled PMD and paper from door to door. The city council also voted unanimously to participate in a new project the Ministry of Agriculture is putting forward, to introduce “pay as you throw”.
Takkas explained that the project aims to control waste production, by putting recycled material in special bags that citizens can purchase. This will also make waste collection taxation fairer and lower than the current one.
The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Agriculture up to 95% and is already being implemented in other Municipalities, like Aglantzia in the Nicosia District.
The Mayor finally spoke about plans to introduce home composting, as well as create an intermediate waste collection plant, to reduce transportation costs that are being shipped to Kosi landfill.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
** The report is in the context of the project Rethink: Reduce- Reuse – Recycle which is funded by the EU programme LIFE+ (project code: LIFE13 INF/CY/000910) of the EU. Coordinating Beneficiary: CyBC. Partners: Green Dot Cyprus, Department of Environment, Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, CNA, Fost Plus Belgium **