By Maria Savva
A THREE month campaign gets underway on October 1 to collect clothes, shoes, linens, bags and belts with the aim to reuse and recycle them, while helping those in need.
The campaign, “All of Cyprus Collects and Provides” organised by the non-profit Anakyklos Perivallontiki, will include schools, churches, charities, food banks and companies that will collect clothing on their premises.
Anakyklos director Doros Michail, said that the aim is to raise awareness and reduce the volume of waste that ends up in landfills. “With proper recycling, only 2 per cent will end up as garbage,” he said.
The first campaign from April to June collected more than 124 tonnes of clothing from 280 organisations who then contributed the 24,839 euros raised to social programmes.
Michail said that the community of Lythrodontas of about 3,000 inhabitants collected over five tons in the previous campaign, adding that at this rate Cyprus could overtake Germany in the percentage of clothes collected.
In the four years of operation, Anakyklos set up 378 purple bins and collected 4000 tons of used clothing and has so far distributed free clothing worth 25,000 euros.
The Commissioner for Volunteerism, Yiannis Yiannakis congratulated Anakyklos for both the social and the environmental benefits of recycling.