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Push for a cleaner Paphos

By Bejay Browne

EFFORTS are being made to clean up Paphos with new services being offered from the beginning of March.

According to, Nicos Simillides, the president of the Paphos municipality’s environment committee, a new low-cost tree and shrub pruning and collection service will be provided by the municipality in a bid to prevent dumping on waste ground, ravines and other areas.

Simillides said: “This is a good idea as so many people cut trees and bushes and throw away branches in parks, rivers and elsewhere. This is creating unsightly areas for the town and we are making efforts to clean up.”

From March 1st, the service will commence with charges ranging from 10 euros to 30 euros depending on the volume of pruning and material and the service required, said Simillides.

“For cleared garden waste which fills a small truck it will cost €30. This will then be taken away. This is very reasonable.”

The councillor said that all garden waste would be disposed of by the municipality at a nearby dump. He said that Paphos municipality was now inviting residents to contribute more actively and effectively in the collective effort for a clean Paphos. This objective is a shared responsibility and obligation of both the local authority and citizens, he said.

“A cleaner Paphos has to start from our own houses and then expand from there,” he said.

The councillor, who also heads up the beaches committee, said that in an effort to keep Paphos beaches and parks clean he has formally requested extra temporary staff.

“I have sent a letter to the council so that we can be more organised and present a better face. If people visit the beaches and parks and they’re not clean, this is then the image they will have of Paphos.”

Simillides said that he has requested ten temporary staff to help keep these specific areas clean. They would be required to work for six months between April and October.

“The government has said that no more staff can be employed, but I hope that we will put a case forward for temporary staff.”

He said that none of the current staff are able to take on any more work as they are already working flat out.

“Many of the staff in the cleaning division have worked continuously seven days a week for the last six months. It’s impossible to expect people to continue to do this.”

Residents who wish to receive the new pruning and collection service can contact the Information and Citizens Service Centre: – 26822355.

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