By Alexia Evripidou
ROME MAY not have been built in a day, but could Cyprus be cleaned in one? Thanks to the ‘Let’s do it Cyprus!’ campaign, 9,717 volunteers on Sunday made a good stab at it.
Along with Let’s Do it Cyprus!, individuals, communities, the national guard and government organisations, joined forces in over 700 clean up points around the island on Sunday to help clear up dumped garbage.
Environmental Commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou praised the hard work, spirit and determination of all involved.
“We have surpassed our goals. The turn-out of volunteers was very large and a huge amount of garbage was collected…. hopefully not to be seen again!” she said on Monday.
Some 25 tonnes of rubbish was picked up from the countryside and parks. Some pieces were so big, machines were needed to remove them. Seven tonnes of the rubbish was recyclable. Amongst the many offending items, were mattresses, furniture, bedding, several car tyres and suitcases full of clothes.
“The best part for me,” said project manager Stella Michael of Let’s Do it Cyprus! “was the great atmosphere and the desire of the volunteers to get the job done.”
Nicosia had the most volunteers with 2,714. Some 1,331 national guardsmen also took part and 992 hunting club members.
The campaign, part of the global Let’s do it World! whose mission is to rid nature reserves worldwide of garbage, will be organising the event again next year.
The next step is to clean beaches and sea beds. Let’s Do it Mediterranean (http://ldim.net/en/) is taking place on May 10.