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3rd Limassol Environment and Recycling Festival to raise awareness on Rethink Campaign
CNA - CYPRUS/Limassol 02/10/2017 19:01


3rd Limassol Environment and Recycling Festival to take place next Saturday at the coastal town aims to raise awareness about Rethink Campaign, for the reduction, reuse and recycle of waste, co-funded by the Life + programMme of the EU. Cyprus News Agency is a partner in the project.

The Festival also aims to highlight how recycle positively contributes to the protection of the environment, the improvement of our wellbeing and the quality of our lives and health. It is co-organized by the Limassol Municipalities, Green Dot Cyprus, AFIS and Electrocyclosis and will take place at the Limassol Multifunctional Marine Park.

 A press conference was held on Monday at Limassol Town Hall during which Limassol Mayor Nicos Nicolaidis referred to the need to further promote recycling and raise awareness among the Cypriots in order for them to realize the benefits that this brings to the environment and to their lives in general.

The need for recycling, as pointed out, also reflects our European obligations, indicating that the European Parliament has set the goal of increasing the recycling rate from 44% to 70% by 2030. In Limassol Municipality, this percentage does not exceed 6%.

 According to the Mayor, a Limassolian produces 580 kgs of rubbish a year and recycles only 33 kgs. This is a major challenge, he said, and we must promote recycle and get citizens to recycle more and meet the EU goals.

At the same time, he noted that the expected operation of the Limassol District Waste Management Unit in the village of Pentakomo imposes an immediate need to increase the recycling rates, since the volume of garbage that will end up in the plant will also determine the waste fees to be paid by the citizens.

According to the Mayor, the challenge is big, pointing out that we must all work together and collaborate in order to promote the recycle campaign, shift our priorities and change the way we think.
 
Referring to the Festival, he said that it has become a tradition for Limassol and added that the local authorities in Limassol were among the first to have applied recycling. He also congratulate Green Dot Cyprus for the work is carrying out.

Head of Board of Directors of Green Dot, Michalis Spanos said that the major aim of the Festival is to raise public awareness for environmental issues and, more specifically, for recycling, in a fun and educational way. He said that people of all ages can visit the Festival, adding that participation in games is free of charge.

Spanos added that in 2016 Green Dot recycled 7.346 tonnes of household waste and 10.000 tonnes of waste from industries, which are the biggest from any other year. He said that Pentakomo Unit is expected to operate soon and this makes it imperative to send there large quantities of waste to be recycled.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pentakomo Unit, Mayor of Mesa Yeitonia Doros Antoniou stressed the importance of the project, since, among other things, its operation will also mean the closure of the waste disposal site in Vati .

Antoniou also said that there needs to be cooperation and collaboration in the efforts to reduce the waste we produce and citizens must acknowledge their responsibilities to this end.


CNA/SK/KCH/GV/2017
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

** The news item 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 **


 

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