By Constantinos Psillides
CYPRUS is preparing legislation to promote “Pay-as-you-throw” trash metering programmes within local authorities, with the competent government department unveiling two regulations for public consultation this month.
Costas Hadjipanayiotou, the Director of the Department of Environment, said the two regulations concern a new strategy for municipal waste management and the prevention and reduction of waste.
While explaining their importance, Hadjipanayiotou noted that adopting the two bills is a precondition set by the EU for all relevant co-funded programmes during the 2014-2020 period. Following the public consultation, the bills will be submitted first to the Cabinet and then to the House of Representatives.
He was speaking during a consultation in Nicosia with journalists within the framework of the project “ReThink: Reduce- Reuse-Recycle”, which is funded by the EU programme LIFE+.
Addressing the same event, the chairman of the House Committee on the Environment, Adamos Adamou, said he hoped the “ReThink” project will deliver the results expected in order for Cyprus to lower its ranking among the EU’s greatest waste producers.
The Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, Giorgos Markopouliotis noted on his part that Cyprus produced 19 per cent more waste in 2000-2010 compared to the previous decade, while other European countries were decreasing their waste by 1 percentage point per year.
Commissioner for the Environment Ioanna Panayiotou said that the EU predicts that 580,000 new jobs will be created in the effort to achieve the new waste targets, adding that this will also lead to an increase in competitiveness.